Fernanda Porto

Fernanda Porto

 São Paulo, São Paulo, BRA
BandEDMR&B

Considered the muse of drum´n´bass, which projected her overseas and which also granted her with the fame she worked so hard to achieve, the singer, composer and player of various instruments stands out for the personality she shows by combining diversity and quality.

Biography

FERNANDA PORTO LIVE

Whoever follows the career of the singer Fernanda Porto already knows her musical story hasn’t started (and will not end) in the drum'n'bass. Considered the muse of this musical style, which projected her overseas and which also granted her with the fame she worked so hard to achieve, the singer, composer and player of various instruments stands out for the personality she shows by combining diversity and quality.

Having stated that, it is natural to identify in Fernanda Porto a dynamism, which yields always the unexpected. Her first album and DVD at EMI, "Fernanda Porto ao Vivo", brings another breath of renovation. The drum'n'bass, which predominates in her first CD of 2002, which bears the same title, is the reflection of its time. “I recorded everything by myself, I did not know anybody”, remembers Fernanda. In her second album, “Giramundo” (2004), she aimed some other goals, by balancing technology and an organic musical style, harmonies and rhythms of solid brazilian melody. Her most recent album “Fernanda Porto ao Vivo” shows clearly who she really is.

Fernanda took care to gather a team not only of talented individuals, but who were also in tune with her music and who spoke the same language, but adding their own accents. That’s why she invited the pianist Christianne Neves (her partner in the new “Seu Nome na Areia”) to direct the concert at Tom Brasil, São Paulo, in a happy evening in April 2006. “I have known Christianne almost for 20 years and, besides her musical talent and the Brazilian way she plays the piano, I admire her creativity and discipline. This was a very important issue, because the band was formed 15 days before the concert and it was a great challenge to organize everything”.

On the stage, Fernanda is supported by great musicians, as well as the participation of the percussion group Batuntã, from São Paulo, which opens and ends the concert, respectively with “Baque Virado” and “Giramundo”.

Graduated at Unicamp and at Clam (Centro Livre de Aprendizagem Musical) from Zimbo Trio, and the major player in various, important projects like the Heartbreakers Orchestra, Christianne has been playing at Fernanda’s band since 2004.

The hits that projected Fernanda, like "Só Tinha de Ser com Você" (by Tom Jobim and Aloysio de Oliveira), "Tudo de Bom" (by Fernanda Porto and Lina de Albuquerque) and "Sambassim" (by Fernanda Porto and Alba Carvalho), were preserved but with new arrangements. The unreleased songs, including three partnerships with Victor Bellis ("Simples", "Coco sem Água" and "Saudade Que Eu não Tive") stand out for the way they are presented. The new arrangements for classics by Chico Buarque (“Roda Viva”) and Caetano Veloso (“Sampa”) are a lot lighter than the electronic versions made for “Giramundo” and the compilation for the “São Paulo Fashion Week, vol. 6”.

In the opposite direction,“Corações a Mil” (by Gilberto Gil) drives the public crazy in a track remixed by DJ Zé Pedro. This is by far the most electronic song of this project. The guitarist Edgard Scandurra leaves his signature in “Pensamento 4”, a partnership of Fernanda and Arnaldo Antunes. And the queen of the Axé Music, Daniela Mercury, brings her spicy stile in “Tudo de Bom” and “Desde que o Samba é Samba” (by Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil), whose arrangements have a subtle hint of samba-reggae.

Fernanda also pays her respect for the group from Rio de Janeiro, Los Hermanos, by recording a song by Marcelo Camelo (“Samba a Dois”), main track of this CD, and another by Rodrigo Amarante (“Sentimental”).

To change recording company always has implication in an artist’s performance. For Fernanda, this change helped her to find the freedom she aimed, without any interference, allowing her to record this first live DVD. “I have always had freedom to work, but this time there was more dialogue. There is a mutual responsibility and I think it is very important. EMI welcomed me not only as a singer, but as a complete person, with a musical head”.

Lauro Lisboa Garcia (Is a writer of the Brazilian version of this text)

2006 - She toured Portugal and recorded her first DVD/CD at Tom Brasil, Fernanda Porto ao Vivo (Fernanda Porto Live), that includes eight old successes and eleven new works. She participated in the DVD Casa da Bossa (Bossa House), Homenagem à Tom Jobim (Tribute to Tom Jobim), singing the music Modinha. The CD Giramundo was launched in the United States with excellent reviews from critics.

2005 - She launched the CD of the sound track for the movie Cabra Cega by Toni Venturi, with the special participation of Chico Buarque, Toni Garrido, Ná Ozzetti and the members of the Living Colours band, Will Calwoun and Doug Wimbish. It received the award for best sound track at the Movie Festivals in Cuiabá, Maringá (2nd Film Festival) and Belém do Pará (2nd Festcine). She was invited to participate with the electronic trio of Daniela Mercury in Bahia. She

Discography

Auto-retrato (2009) - CD - EMI

Ao vivo (2006) - CD/DVD - EMI

Giramundo (2004) - CD - Trama

Fernanda Porto (2002) - CD - Trama

Set List

1.Baque Virado
2.Eu já te conhecia
3.Coco sem água
4.Simples
5.Só tinha de ser com você
6.1999
7.Você e eu
8.Samba a dois
9.Saudades do que não tive
10.Pensamento 4
11.Sampa
12.Seu nome na areia
13.Tudo de bom
14.Roda Viva
15.Giramundo
16.Corações a mil