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Lina_ Raül Refree – THE PROJECT
Two incredible musicians generating an intense , moving and very special musical relationship.
During a Fado night, the voices are authentic: no external amplification, no adornments, no filters. Just nerve, talent, soul, passion.
Raül Refree understands passion well, he produced “Los Angeles”, the album that revealed to the world the phenomenon Rosalía, and he had no doubt when he heard Lina singing at Clube de Fado one of the most renowned Fado venues, home to many great singers and great musicians carefully nurtured by Mário Pacheco, guitarist to the stars, including the eternal Amália. There in a solemn, authentic moment, Raül Refree was blown away by Lina´s voice.
The idea of getting together in the studio was immediate. Shortly after, they met at a special recording studio, outside Lisbon.
There, surrounded by vintage synthesizers, Moogs and Arps, Oberheims and Rolands, but also with a piano nearby, Raül framed Lina’s voice in analog clouds; Fado’s traditional guitars only in our imagination, but the strength of this truthful voice all there, all the time.
Lina proved herself more than a match.
A close student of Amália’s work, she selected some timeless classics from the Diva’s repertoire, to be used as a basis to communicate. As if this project was born out of a search for the haunting, the haunted essence.
Raül and Lina agreed they ought to explore Amália’s repertoire, removing the instrumental dogmas of fado, while maintaining the profundity of the soul.
In this project the arrangements are extraordinary!
Raül Refree’s long career as a challenging pop producer working with dozens of artists, from Sílvia Perez Cruz to El Niño de Elche or Lee Ranaldo, not to mention Rosálía, is an artist of extraordinary intuition.
Lina, a voice matured by the nights in Fado venues, her own devotion to Amália and all the great voices she has heard, felt, and studied, is a truly special artist. She sounds as if she is part of the history, listening to the divas’ voices echoing in the side streets of her imagination. She is true, she is profoundly moving
In songs such as “Barco Negro” or “Foi Deus”, “Ave Maria Fadista”, “Medo” or “Gaivota”, each of them a monument in the history of Fado, Lina becomes a complete, truthful, talented artist whose voice haunts us all. Her performances are, above all, human, moving, ripping the words out of the heart rather than shaping them with the technique she knows. And her delivery shines a new light on Fado through the arrangements prepared by Raül Refree. Without any tricks or any filters, but with artistry, giving Fado a unique electronic approach underlining its universal condition.
Fado is an immaterial heritage of humanity, a culture that helps identify a country people talk about, a culture that has brought many artists to Lisbon. Artists who search for an immaculate territory in Fado, a moment of authenticity in a musical universe often dazzled by artifice.
That is exactly what brought Raül Refree to Lisbon: that search for what is new and timeless, for what makes you shudder, for what the world needs to listen to, even if sometimes you need to break the rules.
Because that is how you end up making history.
The record was released worldwide by Glitterbeat records on January 2020 and enthusiastically acclaimed by European media. The project has also been distinguished with several awards and nominations.
The duo did their debut live in July 2019 at Festivals La Mar de Músicas and Sinsal with the applause of both audience and media. A concert staged by António Pires with an amazing light design, by Tela Negra, to underline all the drama within. After several postponed concerts, the duo have managed to pursue its intensive tour to be continued around Europe, in 2021.
LINA_ RAÜL REFREE – TOUR 2021/2022 – 2 MUSICIANS ON STAGE
A show of excellence, very intimate, able to provoke intense feelings in the audience. This concert, which features staging by award-winning Portuguese director António Pires, also has a remarkable lighting design by Tela Negra that highlights all the emotion of the show.
Lina_Raül Refree had their live premiere in July 2019 at the La Mar de Músicas and Sinsal Festivals, where they were received in a truly enthusiastic way by the public and the media.
Awards and nominations:
- Winner of the Carlos do Carmo Award
- #1 in the World Music Charts Europe, “Disc of the year 2020
- Voted one of the 5 best records of 2020, Le Monde (Patrick Labesse)
- #1 “Best Portuguese albums 2020”, No Sólo Fado
- Winner of the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik – German Critics Award
- Winner of Prix de L’Académie Charles Cros (France) – Coup de Coeur 2020
- _Nominated for Les victoires du Jazz 2020 (France)
- _#TOP10 Transglobal Music Charts for 4 consecutive months (Feb-May 2020)
- _Videoclip “Cuidei que Tinha Morrido” finalist for One Screen Short Film Festival – New York 2020
Citações de imprensa
“Raül Refree […] rethinks fado with the Portuguese vocalist Lina. Out go the guitars, in come brooding synths and keyboards. It’s an effective intrusion. The contrast between the red-blooded emotion of Lina’s voice and the cool electronic tones on, say, Destino, is hugely effective … Lana Del Rey meets Lisbon…” ****
The Times (UK)
«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» (7,7)
Ben Cardew, Pitchfork (UK)