Raquel Tavares celebrates a triumph
Our Fado star Raquel Tavares’ first concerts in Germany have been a resounding success. In Salmen in Offenburg and in the theatre in Worms, where she appeared with her ensemble at the beginning of May, her rapturous audience leapt to their feet to give the young artist and her three musicians a standing ovation.
Stefan Franzen, journalist for Jazzthing, writes in the Badische Zeitung: “The show’s name, Bairro, means neighbourhood. This is a reference to the neighbourhood in which Tavares grew up and which happens to be the very one in which Fado emerged. So she is literally rooted in Fado. Similarly, although she has already performed on stages in Paris, Rome and Madrid, she remains very rooted – personable and down-to-earth.” He goes on: “Her voice is earthy, mature and resolute, and yet intertwined with tender, arabesque curves and loops. With the elegant composure of her voice alone Tavares guides her accompanying trio into a pause, at other times leading them with a mere gesture from leisurely-paced passages to more lively rhythms. From the very beginning she has her audience eating out of her hand, repeatedly drawing us in with a bold look or a coquette glance.”