The "Encores Fado" project is born out of the meeting between Portuguese guitar player Custódio Castelo and singer Margarida Guerreiro. At first, the project was only to be presented in concert, but due to the success achieved in Portugal and abroad, both Castelo and Guerreiro changed plans and decided to record the project. The result is the release of Live, the first out of three albums to be released soon.
In this intimate album, everything revolves around the Portuguese guitar. The result is a contemporary approach to Fado, a little different form the traditional one. Although, here and there, it is close to the popular music tradition, some other musical tonalities can be heard, like jazz or classic ones. That’s easy to understand when you take into account the musicians standing by Custódio Castelo: Carlos Garcia (classical guitar) and Carlos Menezes (double bass).
It’s from all this "mélange" that one can find beautiful Fados, emphasized by Margarida Guerreiro’s superb and sensual voice, in which several heritages and traditions come together, breaking down frontiers, showing new musical ways of understanding the Fado. Enriching the melodies, the superb lyrics of some of the most recognized poets in the Portuguese language, such as Fernando Pessoa, David Mourão Ferreira, Cecília Meireles, Pedro Homem de Mello, Amália Rodrigues, Jorge Fernando, José Luís Gordo, Mário Rainho, Alberto Janes, among others.
Following "Live", which was recorded in a live concert at the Mercy Church in Montemor-o-Novo, other albums will be released: at first, "Inédito", according to Custódio Castelo, "an album musically a little different from the first one, though poetry will still be the basis for the music, revisiting Portuguese poets like Luís Vaz de Camões, Fernando Pessoa, Florbela Espanca, Vasco de Lima Couto, Pedro Homem de Mello, among others". After that, the third stage of the Encores Fado project will be the release of "Encontros", an album that will give listeners some of the best moments of the "meetings" of Custódio Castelo with other musicians, with other sounds.
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