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Fernanda Porto Biography

Fernanda Porto
Fernanda Porto

Artist Profile by Ricardo Pessanha: Fernanda Porto, born in São Paulo, Brazil, is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her self titled debut CD was released by Trama Records in October 2002. She is considered the Brazilian voice of drum’n’bass. Her hit “Sambassim” was remixed by DJ Patife and became a hit in the drum’n’bass scene around the world. Fernanda Porto has received enthusiastic reviews in several magazines, such as DJ Mag, Jockey Slut and The Face, among others. Jobim’s classic “Só Tinha de Ser Com Você,” revisited by Fernanda and remixed by DJ Marky and DJ Patife, was a big hit in Brazil.

In May 2002, Fernanda Porto performed with DJ Patife in Rio de Janeiro in a project produced by renowned Brazilian journalist/producer Nelson Motta. She was invited because she is one of  the most important contemporary artists in the country. Motta says, “There is nothing more pleasurable than listening to something creative and original, especially when you are tired of listening to the same things over and over and over again.”

Fernanda takes music seriously. She studied classical music with H.J. Koellreuter, the German master who introduced the twelve-tone scale in Brazil and taught famous artists such as Tom Jobim. Koellreuter was stimulated by Fernanda’s music and stated that “she is contributing with something precious to Brazilian music, her cycle of chants is distinguished by an intelligent and coherent distribution of values of redundancy and information in music and poetry.” She has researched electro-acoustic music and progressive composers such as Edgar Varese and Kalheinz Stockhausen at the University of São Paulo (USP). She also studied with famous Brazilian singing coach Leila Farah, and during her formative years she was the only soprano nominated for a prestigious Brazilian prize for classical music students. She has a degree in piano, her first instrument.

Apart from her pop career she has also written musical scores for fiction and documentary movies. She has won awards in Brazilian festivals for the following films: “O Velho – A história de Luis Carlos Prestes,” by Toni Venturi (1998); “Vítimas da Vitória”, by Berenice Mendes (1997); “Desterro” by Eduardo Paredes (1995) and “Ruído de Passos”, by Denise Gonçalves (1996), which was based on a short story by Clarice Lispector, a famous Brazilian author.

She’s been performing in the most important Brazilian cities since 1990. In the mid 90’s she became interested in mixing music and technology and started to use new techniques and equipment to write arrangements for film scores, elements that she incorporated into her pop songs later. One of her first projects with music and technology took place at SESC Consolação/SP in 1993 with Mitar Subotic aka Suba, Wagner Tiso and Marcio Montarroyos. Fernanda’s latest concert in the US took place at the Lincoln Theater in Miami, during the 7th Brazilian Film Festival. Her performance was intense and inspiring, with Fushu Daiko – the Taiko percussion group - pounding dramatically.

Fernanda Porto’s most recent project is her debut CD “Fernanda Porto” in which she accepted the challenge of blending Brazilian music with drum’n’bass. She mixed new technology with acoustic instruments (guitar, piano, sax and percussion). The lyrics were written by Fernanda herself and important Brazilian poets and lyricists such as Paulo Leminsky, Arnaldo Antunes, Ledusha, Edu Ruiz, Lina de Albuquerque and Martha Medeiros.

Fernanda Porto worked on the soundtrack of Toni Venturi’s movie, Cabra Cega,  and is toured Europe, North America, Japan and Brazil to promote her CD, which she produced, arranged and  performed herself.  She was nominated for the Latin Grammy 2003, as best new artist and also for the MTV Brazilian music award for best electronic video clip, with her song "Sambassim. © Ricardo Pessanha

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