Lina_Raül Refree – debut album out worldwide

“They take Amália songbook into places where she would never have dreamed to reach”.
João Lisboa, Expresso
“Here’s something satisfyingly audacious about Lina_Raül Refree, the debut album from Portuguese singer Lina and Raül Refree (…) The production throughout is minimal to the point of austerity, creating an intimacy that feels like standing with the duo in a darkened room. (…)The singer possesses a voice of fiercely intimate power and texture, capable within one brief musical phrase of tempting a bird to the windowsill and blowing the opera doors clean off (…) Intimate, heartfelt, and solemnly inviting, it’s also a wonderful record”.
Ben Cardew, Pitchfork (7,7)
“Étrangement, ces productions préservent la puissance acoustique du chant, véritable kaléidoscope d’émotions fine. Ni folk, ni pop, ni électro, avant-gardiste mais aucunement radical, l’ensemble constitue un petit bijou de modernité et célèbre magistralement le centenaire de la naissance de la grande Amália (…) Raül Reffree et Lina: un producteur dynamiteur des musiques ibériques et l’incarnation d’un fado traditionnel “.
Anne Berthold, Télérama (ffff)
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“MEDO”-“FEAR” The 2nd single advance on the much awaited joint work from Lina _Raul Refree

Fado rewired and recast
A never before tried approach to Fado and Amália Rodrigues classical repertoire.
Raül Refree revises fado with the same vision he did to Rosalia’s Flamenco.
Last October this collaboration took everyone by surprise with the release of their first single and videoclip “Cuidei que tinha Morrido” – “I Thought I Had Died”, an haunting interpretation for a unique musical approach and sonority setting the tone on what to expect from the upcoming record, different from anything you’ve heard! The album will be released internationally on January 17th by multi-awarded Glitterbeat records. Now “O Medo” is here and yet another gem! Check it out!
But the magic didn’t only happen in studio as the duo did their debut live this summer at La Mar de Músicas Festival and Sinsal with the applause of both audience and media. A concert staged by António Pires with an amazing light design by Tela Negra underlining all the drama within. After several concerts in Europe, the duo finally premiered in Portugal last November in four cities at Misty Fest.

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Rodrigo Leão: New album “O Método” and first single “A Bailarina”

“A Bailarina” is the 1st single from Rodrigo Leão’s upcoming album “O Método”, to be released worldwide by BMG on FEB 21st.
The track is sang by Sofia, Rodrigo’s youngest daughter, Ângela Silva and Viviena Tupikova with the participation of a choir “Friends of Children Musical Association”.
“A Bailarina” is also the first videoclip to anticipate the album and was directed and animated by Oskar & Gaspar studios out of Rodrigo Leão original drawings.

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Lina_ Raül Refree – single and video world premiere

Fado rewired and recast
Raül Refree – one of Europe’s most innovative producers (Rosalia, Lee Ranaldo)
Lina, a singer renown for her haunting interpretations of Amalia’s classic repertoire.
Today is the world premiere of the first single and videoclip that anticipates the album to be released internationally on 17th January 2020 by renowned Glitterbeat Records, a world music reference
The project live had its sold out premiere in Cartagena at Festival La Mar the Musicas -Spain, followed by boutique Festival Sinsal and Mercat de Musica Vic
Upcoming dates
30th October – BIME (Bilbao Inernational Music Experience), Stage Live – Bilbao (ES)
22nd November – Misty Fest, Teatro São Luiz – Lisboa (PT)
23rd November – Misty Fest, CCC – Caldas da Rainha (PT)
24th November – Misty Fest – Coimbra (PT)
27th November – Misty Fest, Theatro Circo – Braga (PT)
 16th January – Eurosonic, Der Aa-Kerk – Groningen (NL)
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Mísia live at Centro de Artes de Belgais

The soul of Belgais Arts Center , the internationally acclaimed Pianist Maria João Pires proceeds with her summertime musical celebration.
“O Canto da Terra” ( The Earth´s Chant) – a program focused on “The Voice” featuring Mísia as the guest singer, the Grupo Coral de Serpa (Choir group from Alentejo) and the Pianist Theo Gheorghiu
Mísia one of the most reputed Fado aesthetes’, a true explorer renown for her many unusual musical and poetic collaborations, released this summer worldwide ,her most recent work “PURA VIDA -Banda Sonora -through German Record Company GALILEO.
Precisely 20 years ago Mísia invited Maria João Pires to collaborate in one of her records – “Paixões Diagonais” , the title song of the album.
Is this intimate and profound complicity that will be now staged in a concert where the most prestigious and awarded Portuguese Pianist will help to unify the Classical Music and Fado universes.
In this program Mísia will explore universal heritage music with poems by Fernando Pessoa, Agustina Bessa-Luis, José Saramago and other great poets with music by Carlos Paredes or Mário Pacheco to name just a few and a classical piece “Du Bist Die Ruh” by Schubert with the help from the universally applauded hands of Maria João Pires!
The concert on September 14 is already sold out.
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MÍSIA Pura Vida (Banda Sonora) Released worldwide today

Mísia’s latest album, Pura Vida (Banda Sonora), is released worldwide today – June 14th – by the renowned German publisher Galileo Music. The record was published in Portugal on April 12.
The words of Miguel Torga, Vasco Graça Moura, Tiago Torres da Silva and others. A few songs in Spanish that are part of her life, her DNA. A fundamental partner in this work, the Neapolitan musician Fabrizio Romano who co-produces the record with Mísia and who is the musical director. Special guests on this record: Melingo, Ricardo Ribeiro, Gaspar Varela (a young Portuguese Guitar player) and Raül Refree.
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Lina_ RaÜL Refree – Rewatch “Gaivota”.

Rewatch “Gaivota”, the footage from the concert rehearsals done by Portuguese TV.

A project that joins Lina, a portuguese singer renowned for her haunting interpretations of Amália’s classic repertoire and Raül Refree one of the most innovative european producers (Rosalia or Lee Ranaldo’s Sonic Youth).

Analog synths and hushed sonics.

Making history by breaking the rules – record out by Glitterbeat – january 17th.

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Rui Massena’s “III” released worldwide by Deutsche Grammophon

Acclaimed composer and maestro Rui Massena is one of the most successful artists of the actual Portuguese music scene right now – and confirms his unique status the same with his new and outstanding album. “III”, now released on Universal’s Deutsche Grammophon.

There are very few classical musicians that become bona fide stars in popular music. Rui Massena is one of those exceptions. As he sees it, there really are no differences between styles and genres – only music, a harmony of different attitudes, cultures and languages.

A life-long pioneer and defender of classical music and a maestro and pianist by training, Mr. Massena has performed in 14 countries with 30 orchestras, has conducted for José Carreras, Ute Lemper, or Wim Mertens, and was main guest conductor of the Rome Symphony Orchestra for three seasons. He has also received a number of distinctions, both as maestro (like the Cultural Merit Medals from the Brazilian Arts and Sciences Academy) and as a TV personality (his TV series “Música Maestro” was shortlisted for the Rose d’Or awards).

But this wasn’t enough his multi-faceted talent, and Mr. Massena knew his compositions required other settings, other backgrounds. With his first album, “Solo”, in 2015, recorded entirely on solo piano, his remarkable talent as a melodist was revealed to the world. Music that he himself describes as “tranquil, almost therapeutic”, strongly based on emotion. In 2016, he released “Ensemble”, partly recorded with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Inspired by the world-renowned village of Sintra, where the record was composed and partly recorded, “Ensemble” shot to #1 in the Portuguese charts. Its release was followed by two totally different tours: one, with a string section described as the Rui Massena Ensemble, closer to the orchestral sound of that album.

This was followed by a tour with the five-piece Rui Massena Band, a way to experiment live with electronic instruments and add new layers to his compositions, that served as the “testing ground” for new approaches. All these experiences come together in the new album. “III” is described by Mr. Massena as a “synthesis” of his career so far and “a new step forward”, recorded in two stages. In Berlin, Mr. Massena recorded all of the piano parts with the Grammy winner producer and engineer Tobias Lehman, with a special attention to the acoustics of the room and of the instrument – the same Steinway piano often used by the Berlin Philharmonic. In Oporto, Mr. Massena recorded with his stage band, looking for what he calls a “balance” between his many interests. “I tried to add some contemporary electronics to my classical training, and include a progressive, fusion process on the emotions of my previous albums. It was all about discovering new sounds and extending my language.”

“III” is, however, still unmistakably Rui Massena. “It’s a huge step forward for me as a composer. It is still my music; but it adds something new, shows me new paths I can take. In that process I found where I wanted to go.” “III” was mastered in New York by Grammy-winning engineer Joe Laporta and features seven new instrumental pieces. The album was released in Portugal by Universal on the Deutsche Grammophon label in November 2018. A tour is already planned for 2019 coinciding with the international release of “III” via Deutsche Grammophon.

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CSO_8892_1The Portuguese pianist and composer André Barros is one of the nominees for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2017, on the category for the music genre “Contemporary Classical / Instrumental” with the theme “Brisas de Outono” from his latest solo album, In Between.

 André Barros’ unique sound have already earned him the trophy for “Best Soundtrack” on the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards.

 You can get the opportunity to see this enormous talent on this year’s edition of Misty Fest, where he’ll premiere alongside with the Iceland singer and composer Myrra Rós their new collaboration-album “Reasons”, that is about to be released.


November 9th – Teatro José Lúcio da Silva, Leiria [tickets]

November 10th – Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon [tickets]

November 11th  – Auditório da Academia de Música de Espinho [tickets]