Charming Old Style Braguesa Guitar

Chico Gouveia – Moda Velha (Tradisom, 2016)

Guitarist Chico Gouveia showcases one of Portugal’s beautiful musical instruments, the viola braguesa (Braguesa guitar), from northwestern Portugal. Gouveia has researched this traditional guitar and plays it old style, using traditional techniques and the oldest pitch he could find.

It’s a delightful album featuring original works by Chico Gouveia along with two traditional pieces. Gouveia also played all the instruments, combining one or more violas braguesas with classical guitars, bass, percussion and castanets.

The album includes a booklet with fascinating notes in Portuguese and English about the musical pieces history of the viola braguesa.

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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 Televisión Española (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.

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