From a very early age, Gaspar Varela wished to learn how to play the Portuguese guitar to accompany his great-grandmother, the Fado singer Celeste Rodrigues. At just seven years old, he achieved this dream under his teacher and mentor's guidance, the guitar player Paulo Parreira. Gaspar has already participated in three albums, "Saudade do Futuro", "Brincar aos Fados" and "Vozes de Amália." At 15 years old, Gaspar was the youngest guitarist to have a sold-out concert at the renowned concert hall CCB in Lisbon. Madonna invited him to be part of her Madame X Tour, where he played with her band for the past year.
This video is part of program Fados, Fairies and Violas
focusing on a group of Portuguese artists and musicians working in and around forms of Fado and Portuguese traditional songs/instruments that reinterpret principles of identity, history, and belonging.
The video was originally recorded by Casota Collective
at FLAD Foundation