Gisela JoÃo


One of fado’s headiest voices, Gisela João, has firmly established herself as a leading contemporary performer of Portuguese music. She has already garnered a whole host of awards, from Blitz, Time Out and Expresso, to a Golden Globe for best Portuguese singer.

Gisela’s near non-stop touring, both at home and abroad, and her utterly electrifying performances have rightly earned her a place alongside the giants of Portuguese music. While other singers communicate the fado’s strong sentiments exclusively through their voices, Gisela João’s fado is a full-body experience. Onstage, she jumps, she gestures, and she emotes. Her contemporary fado style, which is straightforward and gimmick-free, is the product of both her classical training and her determination to fully immerse in the form.

Turner Sims are delighted to present this concert in association with Songlines as part of a year long concert series to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Songlines in 2019.