2017-10-05 / Upcoming Events

Eclectic sounds to fill Jamestown Arts Center Saturday


Guitarist Francisco Pais will lead a group of musicians Saturday night at the Jamestown Arts Center. Guitarist Francisco Pais will lead a group of musicians Saturday night at the Jamestown Arts Center. With a broad range of influences that includes John Coltrane’s music, Picasso’s paintings and Emily Dickinson’s poetry, the approach of European guitarist Francisco Pais has generated a multicultural body of work.

That diversity will be showcased to the Ocean State at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Jamestown Arts Center, 17 Valley St.

The concert will feature original music by Pais, a Berklee College of Music graduate and native of Sintra, a small Portuguese village 20 minutes from the country’s capital, Lisbon. From the eastern coast of the Atlantic, he now lives across the pond in Newport.

Along with Pais on guitar, his band features alto saxophonist Godwin Louis, drummer Ferenc Nemeth and bassist Adam Cote.

“These musicians share my energy, my passion, my emotions,” Pais said. “They believe in my music and my message.”

To impart some Rhode Island flavor into the show, La Bella Musica will play alongside Pais’ band. The Wakefield string ensemble, which is rated five stars on Gigmasters, features violist Caroline Herrero, cellist Morgan Santos and violinists Emily Chen and Christina Dickson-Brownell. The women are known for their diverse repertoire, which highlights jazz, oldies, movie themes, pop and rock alongside a traditional selection of classical music.

Growing up in Portugal, Pais’ father sang fado music, which are plaintive folk tunes characterized by mournful lyrics infused with a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia. Pais’ music, however, is about hope.

“I like to be aware of where the music is coming from and more than anything I wanted this music to shine through my heart,” Pais said about “Verde,” his fourth album. “I wanted to encourage people to have an awakening during these crazy times. Lots of people are numb, consumed by technology, in fear of sending their children to school when we should be holding hands empowering each other. We must awake and teach each other not to give mental energy and unconscious loyalty to public figures who are shallow role models. We need to shine light and not criticize someone else’s ability to shine light. We need a collective awakening.”

Saturday’s concert will be the second time Pais performs for a Jamestown audience. The record release for “Verde” was last fall at the arts center. Admission is $20. Tickets are available online and at the door.

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