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Lila Ellen Gray
Lila Ellen Gray
Associate Professor of Music, Columbia University
Listening in Lisbon’s Fado Bars
Listening in Lisbon’s Fado Bars
Fado, Portugal’s most celebrated genre of popular music, can be heard in Lisbon’s professional fado houses, concert halls, tourist sites, and amateur bars. A fado singer might sing a song of heartbreak until her “voice hurts”; the accompanying Portuguese guitar might vibrate a note, making it weep. In a pin drop silence, a listener might shout out with an exclamation of approval. In Lisbon’s small bars, where amateurs gather (often sharing a glass of wine), almost everyone is both a singer and a listener. Drawing on over a decade of ethnographic research on fado in Lisbon, Lila Ellen Gray takes you inside the social and sonic worlds of Lisbon’s amateur fado scenes, exploring the implicit codes that govern fado singing and listening.
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Bio
Lila Ellen Gray is a cultural anthropologist and ethnomusicologist with interests in music and politics, poetics, gender, and urban studies. Her book, Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life (Duke University Press, 2013), is based on ethnographic research she conducted during the first decade of the 2000s with amateur fado musicians, fadistas, listeners, poets, fans, and cultural brokers in Lisbon. She is the recipient of numerous honors and fellowships, including the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Jaap Kunst Prize.