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Portuguese Multi-instrumentalist Madalena Palmeirim Releases Right as rain

Madalena Palmeirim – Right as rai

Right as rain” is the first solo album from Portuguese singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Madalena Palmeirim, an artist with a 10-year long career.

Lyrics are in English, Portuguese and Cape Verdean Creole. Guests include bassist Carlos Barretto, Brazilian singer MOMO, actress Sara Carinhas and performer Miguel Bonneville.

Madalena Palmeirim plays ukulele, cavaquinho and autoharp.


Artist Profiles: Dead Combo

Dead Combo

Dead Combo was formed in 2003 by an invitation of Henrique Amaro from Antena 3 Radio, to record the track Paredes Ambience included in the tribute CD to the genius of the Portuguese guitar, Carlos Paredes. The album was titled Movimentos Perpetuos – Musica para Carlos Paredes. Dead Combo incarnate two characters that could have come from a comic book: a caretaker and a gangster.

Pedro V. Goncalves comes from the world of jazz, while Tó Trips
has a rock background. As they grew closer and older, the two musicians exchanged CDs, movies and comics. Influences range from Cesaria Evora and Slayer to Brad Melhdau and Debussy. Other influences include Quentin Tarantino, Abel Ferrara, John Carpenter and Jim Jarmusch’s movies and their soundtracks.

In Vol.2: Quando a Alma não é Pequena, Dead Combo provide tango, flamenco, the American Far West as seen by Ennio Morricone, the real Cuba and the one Marc Ribot sighted, Jewish klezmer and Sicilian drama.


Vol. I (Transformadores, 2004)
Vol. II – Quando a Alma não é Pequena (Dead & Company, 2006)
Guitars From Nothing (Rastilho Records, 2007)
Lusitânia Playboys (Dead & Company, 2008)
Live Hot Clube (Dead & Company, 2009)
Lisboa Mulata (Dead & Company, 2011)
A Bunch of Meninos (Universal, 2014)
Live at Teatro São Luiz (Dead & Company, 2014)
Odeon Hotel (Sony, 2018)


Paulo Tato Marinho’s Masterful Portuguese Bagpipes

Paulo Tato Marinho – Gaitas de Fole em Portugal

Paulo Tato Marinho – Gaitas de Fole em Portugal (Fundacao GDA, 2018)

Portuguese multi-instrumentalist Paulo Tato Marinho dedicates Gaitas de Fole em Portugal (Bagpipe music from Portugal) to the bagpipes of Western Europe. He plays various types of Iberian bagpipes along with Irish, Scottish and Breton pipes.

Gaitas de Fole em Portugal contains a mix of modern recreations of traditional and medieval Portuguese tunes, dances and songs along with original compositions. In addition to bagpipes, Paulo Tato Marinho also plays a wide range of wind instruments, percussion and string instruments such as cavaquinho and viola braguesa.

Gaita de fole is the name used in Portuguese to refer to a set of wind and reed musical instruments that have in common the ability to emit continuous sound through a flexible air bag. Its variety is enormous in morphological and musical characteristics, corresponding to different geographical and historical origins.

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Artist Profiles: Paulo Tato Marinho

Paulo Tato Marinho

Paulo Tato Marinho was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1964. He is dedicated to bagpipes as an instrumentalist, teacher, researcher, composer and builder.

He began playing the bagpipes in 1982. His taste for the instrument was born in Alto Minho where he spent his vacations in the village of his paternal family, São Pedro da Torre – Valença. In this area, bordering Galicia (Spain), he saw and heard Galician pipers who led to an early fascination for the bagpipe.

In 1983 he joined iconic Portuguese band Sétima Legião and the following year he joined the dance and song group “Anaquiños da Terra” based out of the Galician Center of Lisbon. In 1992 he was one of the founders of another seminal band, Gaiteiros de Lisboa.

In 1999 he was one of the founders of “APEDGF – Portuguese Association for the Study and Dissemination of Bagpipes”. He has participated and collaborated in shows and recordings with various musical projects.


Gaitas de Fole em Portugal (Fundacao GDA, 2018)


Artist Profiles: Omiri


Omiri is the project of Portuguese multi-instrumentalist and composer Vasco Ribeiro Casais. Omiri combines Portuguese traditional folk music with electronics and stunning live visuals.

In 2019, Omiri released Alentejo Vol.I: Évora. Invited by the Évora City Council, Omiri collected the traditions, arts, cante (traditional singing from Alentejo), crafts and rituals of the local people with the goal of creating a unique show and an album. The project features the cowbell craftsmen, weavers, sculptors, singers, washerwomen, the Cante Alentejano, typographers, barbers, carpenters, cobblers, the campaniça guitar and everything else that is alive in Évora.

Vasco Ribeiro Casais says about the project: “The collections for this work were carried out between January and June of 2019, a temporary window that made me leave out many traditions that I would like to have included, like the picking of cork, the wine making process from harvesting to bottling, the harvesting of the olive, among many others. The Municipality of Évora has a lot to offer, much more than what I could capture and include in this work, but, as its title says, a first volume is just the beginning of something and who knows what the future will bring?”

Domingos Morais from the Institute for Literature and Tradition Studies at the School of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisbon says: “The reinvention of traditional music is one of the sources that Vasco uses, for his knowledge of the records made by ethnomusicologists and disseminators of the songs of the peoples (all those who sensitize him). He is a poly-instrumentalist by choice, when he looks for each one of the instruments searching for its tone and potential sound as well as their unique performative potentialities.”

Alentejo Vol.I: Évora features guest appearances by Afonso Branco, Cantares de Évora, Vozes do Imaginário, Teresa Branquinho and Gigabombos do Imaginário.


Baile Electrónico (2017)
Alentejo Vol.I: Évora (2019)


Artist Profiles: Cristiana Águas

Cristiana Águas

Cristiana Águas is one of the most influential voices of the new fado generation. A singer with an international career, she studied chant and vocal technique, as well as Portuguese guitar and accordion.

She won several prizes in different Fado contests throughout Portugal and she provided the voice for the character representing the iconic Fado singer Amália Rodrigues (as a 20-year old) in the film Amália Rodrigues, produced by Valentim de Carvalho, exhibited in 24 countries and festivals like Cannes Festival and Festival Do Rio, Rio de Janeiro.

She appeared in most well-known Fado houses in Lisbon, like Luso, Faia, Adega Machado and regularly sings in Clube de Fado in Lisbon. She has performed in different countries such as Brazil, Netherlands, United Kingdom, France and Russia. She was also the host of the Japanese TV show JIN in Portugal, promoting Portuguese culture in Japan.

In 2014, Cristiana released her first album, Cristiana Águas, produced by Pierre Aderne, recorded in Portugal and Brazil. The album includes a stellar cast of Portuguese musicians (Luís Guerreiro, Carlos Leitão, António Quintino, Henrique Leitão) and Brazilians (Jorge Helder, Ricardo Silveira, Jurim Moreira, Dadi, An Oak, Golden Nilson, Gustavo Roriz)


Cristiana Águas (2014)


Artist Profiles: Sandra Martins

Sandra Martins (front) with Caixa de Pandora

Sandra Martins started studying the clarinet when she was five years old and the cello when she was seven, at the Academia Luísa Todi, in Setúbal. She continued her studies at the Oporto Higher School of Music.

Very early on, music became a way of life for her, and she has collaborated as a cellist on many occasions with various artists, including celebrated Portuguese musicians Rodrigo Leão and Júlio Pereira.

Sandra was a member of the RosaNegra project, a musical space where the combination of the thrill of fado with Mozarabic ornamentation constituted a challenge and helped affirm her art.

She is connected with traditional folk projects and European dances in the world music sphere. After many journeys, Sandra found in the trio Caixa de Pandora a place of her own, as well as a unique and original role made to the measure of her talent and artistic ability.


Teias de Seda (Barqueiro de Oz, 2014)
Rota das Afinidades ( Barqueiro de Oz, 2016)


Artist Profiles: Cindy Gonçalves

Cindy Gonçalves (left) with Caixa de Pandora

Born in France, of Portuguese descent, violinist Cindy Gonçalves started her musical education in Tourcoing, her hometown, at the age of seven. Later, she moved to Portugal, where she won the “Musical Youth” competition that allowed her to continue and finish her musical studies. At the same time, she attended a program in Drama Training at Lusíada University.

She joined the music project RosaNegra that combined fado and Mediterranean Sephardic music. Cindy later became a member of the trio Caixa de Pandora, an ensemble where she feels at home, the place that embraces her art and where she displays her boldness.

Violinist and performer of rare sensitivity and curiosity, Cindy also dedicates herself to projects related to dance, theater and puppetry.


Teias de Seda (Barqueiro de Oz, 2014)
Rota das Afinidades ( Barqueiro de Oz, 2016)


Artist Profiles: Rui Filipe Reis

Rui Filipe Reis with Caixa de Pandora

Pianist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and musical producer Rui Filipe Reis started his musical education at the Instituto Gregoriano and became a professional musician at the age of twenty.

After collaborating with Dulce Pontes in the mid-1990s, he undertook a vast enterprise of composition and direction, while continuing to collaborate with many other singers, as well as in musicals, TV shows, music for dancing and the theater.

Starting in 2006, Rui Reis inaugurated a new artistic phase with such projects as Xaile and RosaNegra, the latter of which was awarded the 2012 Carlos Paredes Prize.

The trio Caixa de Pandora reveals Rui’s more emotional side.


Teias de Seda (Barqueiro de Oz, 2014)
Rota das Afinidades ( Barqueiro de Oz, 2016)


Artist Profiles: Caixa de Pandora

Caixa de Pandora

Caixa de Pandora (Pandora’s Box) made its debut in 2013, with performances in Portugal and abroad. In 2014 the ensemble released its first CD Teias de Seda (Silk Ties).

The trio brings together classical and world music elements.

Band members include pianist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Rui Filipe Reis; violinist Cindy Gonçalves; and cellist and clarinetist Sandra Martins.


Teias de Seda (Barqueiro de Oz, 2014)
Rota das Afinidades ( Barqueiro de Oz, 2016)