Tammy Weis and Antonio Forcione

Fernando Pessoa Project

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Last Show: Thursday 6 th October 2016

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

It was amongst the paintings and illustrations of a contemporary artist at the "Pharmacy" gallery in the heart of Alfama that triggered the inspiration for Tammy Weis' latest project. The art focused on the image of Lisbon's great poet Fernando Pessoa and acted as a catalyst for the Canadian vocalist to collaborate with musicians in Lisbon and embark on creating a sound that matched poetry starting from Pessoa's early years in South Africa. 

This is a concert that promises to be a highlight for the musical calendar and the beginning of a unique collaboration.

The Fado sound created between voice and guitar was Tammy's starting point and from there constructed a folk oriented soundscape embedded in her beloved jazz around 12 Pessoa poems drawing on the magical atmosphere of Lisbon's mythical area Alfama.

Sharing the stage are two distinguished guitarists deeply imbedded in Tammy's vision. Antonio Forcione, an award-winning international guitarist and composer of high acclaim who has arranged the songs and co-written some of them with Tammy. On Portuguese guitar is the wonderful Luis Guerreiro, one of Portugal’s finest musical sons. Also joining them will be Nigerian Cellist Jenny Adejayan and Brazilian Percussionist Alua Nascimento.