A Longing for Stockholm and Lisbon

Stockholm Lisboa Project

Sol (Nomis Musik, 2007)

As the name of the group suggests, there is a connection between Portugal and Sweden in Stockholm Lisboa Project. Their new CD, Sol, reveals that the four virtuoso musicians who form the band ingeniously combine the folk musics of their respective countries. Vocalist Liana, mandolinist Luis Peixoto, violinist Sérgio Crisóstomo and Nordic mandola player Simon Stålspets research and dig into the folk roots of Portugal and Scandinavia to find common elements.

According to ethnomusicologist Dan Lundberg, both Portuguese and Swedish music share the feeling of saudade in their music. Saudade is the melancholic feel that is found in fado and other Portuguese genres. "Saudade is always present in fado, but it is also a part of Swedish music – even though we don’t have a word for it," says Lundberg.

Stockholm Lisboa Project easily amalgamates delicate Portuguese folk pieces with lively Swedish and Norwegian tunes, including fado and polska; sometimes combining both styles in the same piece.

Get the CD from www.stockholmlisboa.com.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.