Music on Sunday at The Old School House Arts Centre (TOSH) features an afternoon of Portuguese jazz with the Sara Marreiros Quartet, featuring Dan Weizenburger on guitar, Ron Hadley on piano and Sean Drabitt on bass Sunday, Nov. 20.
A remarkable young woman who sings fado, Marrieros has been merging the music of her roots with jazz and more. Fado is to Portugal what flamenco is to Spain and what the blues are to the American South.
Although Marrieros was born in Victoria, she grew up spending time in her father’s village in Portugal. Her mother’s love of improvisational music led her to study jazz in high school where she discovered that singing, not flute or saxophone, was her passion. She could always hear the siren song of fado, but it wasn’t until her heart had its own cruel experiences with life that she felt ready to sing the music she had heard since she was a girl.
Now her jazz has a little fado in it, and her fado has the grace note of jazz and her love for bossa nova.
Music on Sunday Nov. 20 goes from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at The Old School House Arts Centre, 122 Fern Road West, in Qualicum Beach. Admission is $16. For more information phone 250-752-6133 or visit www.theoldschoolhouse.org.