Fri, March 15th

Marta Pereira da Costa

Portuguese world music TICKETS

Doors 6:30PM
Show 7:15PM
Advance Price $15
Door Price $20

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Marta Pereira da Costa 

Boundary-breaking Portuguese guitar player Marta Pereira da Costa is the first and, so far, only woman to play the Portuguese guitar professionally. She is a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Instrumentalist Award from the Amália Rodrigues Foundation, named after the world-renowned “Queen of Fado.”


For those unfamiliar with the Guitarra Portuguesa, this unique instrument is the double six-stringed, teardrop-shaped guitar that gives Portuguese fado music its distinctive bright, metallic timbre; an almost-jaunty counterpoint to the lush melancholy of the lyrics. Traditionally played by men, both as an accompaniment  to fado singers and as a solo instrument with its own repertoire, the Portuguese guitar is at the heart of that nation’s rich musical heritage. 


Marta Pereira da Costa builds on that heritage, while taking the music in surprising new directions of her own. Learning the instrument under the tutelage of Carlos Gonçalves — one of the most influential players and accompanists of the legendary fado icon Amália Rodrigues — Marta has performed with some of the true giants of Portuguese music, including Camané, Mário Pacheco, Dulce Pontes, and Mariza, as well as Afro-Atlantic legends such as Cameroon's Richard Bona and Cape Verde's Tito Paris.


Marta’s self-titled debut album was released by Warner Music in 2016, containing 13 tracks that mixed original compositions with interpretations showcasing contemporary Portuguese composers; instrumental tracks with guest vocalists such as Dulce PontesCamané and Rui Veloso, and fado tradition with jazz improvisation and instruments and influences from around the world. Marta’s collaborators on this album also include  i

Iranian singer Tara Tiba and GRAMMY Award-winning Cameroonian bassist Richard Bona, who helped bring Lisbon’s simmering Afro-Atlantic vibes to the fore on “Encontro”. 


Now Marta is bringing her unique take on contemporary Portuguese sounds to North America, along with her band: António Pinto on classical guitar, Miguel Amado on contrabass, Alexandre Diniz on piano, and André Sousa Machado on percussion.   Together they’ll perform both Marta’s original repertoire from her album, as well as  their own takes on Portuguese classics from the artists that have influenced her, including Variações Carlos Paredes and Mário Pacheco.

Marta Pereira da Costa is nowadays the only female playing Fado professionally with the portuguese guitar worldwide. In 2014 she was distinguished by Amália Rodrigues Foundation with the "Instrumentist Award". Marta released her album in 2016 with Warner Music Label and had good critics either by the media and the public, but she had already been playing for ten years with other artists and recording and touring with them. Nowadays she has her own project and band and all her concerts have sold out since the edition. This is a singular project that presents Fado and Portuguese Guitar together, but it also travels through world music, jazz and traditional portuguese music with a very personal and sensitive sonority.
The record had the participation of well known artists from Portugal and abroad such as the bass player Richard Bona in the theme " Encontro" or even the artist Dulce Pontes giving voice to the song "É ele que me canta a mim". Another special guest was the iranian singer Tara Tiba that played the song "Moon". But also, Camané in a tradicional Fado, Pedro Jóia and Rui Veloso. At the same time the record pays tribute to the her Fado and Portuguese Guitar references like Carlos Paredes. 
Since then the concerts haven´t stopped, and the tour presentations "Marta Pereira da Costa - A portuguese guitar! " added more and more important and well-known stages national and internationally to the agenda, such as Real Teatro Santa Cecilia for the Brass in Jazz Festival ( last February in Palermo), BBK Room in Bilbao ( last May) as well as Cordoba Guitar Festival in June (, or NOS ALIVE and Mimo Amarante Festival, just to name some of this year.
Marta also participated in Waterloo Uptown Jazz Festival in Ontario, this July with another project but always playing her repertoire.


The Arte Institute, founded in 2011, is an independent, not-for-profit organization based in New York. The Arte Institute facilitates the production and showcasing of international contemporary artists and art projects, with a focus on Portuguese contemporary art and culture. The institute has organized events on all continents, in major cities around the globe, and in areas such as cinema, arts, music, literature, theater and performance. To learn more about Arte Institute, visit