Fado is a musical genre of Portuguese origin which can be traced back to at least the 1820’s. In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor.

Here’s Maria Ana Bobone singing “With that Voice-“

Beautiful, no? Amazing what YouTube searches can lead one to. But, back to my point. Here’s Natalia Juskiewicz, a Polish violinist who has lived in Portugal for the last ten years –

The sound of the violin has been compared to the human voice since its invention 460 years ago, and this song proves that point.

At the beginning of 2010 Natalia conceived of the idea to record traditional Fado music using the violin as the vocal focus. Look for her upcoming CD entitled “Um Violino no Fado.”

Do you know of another artist who uses the violin as the “voice” of another genre of music? I find the subject endlessly fascinating and long to know more…