Lina and Raül Refree, winners of the CARLOS DO CARMO PRIZE!

Uguru is proud to inform you that the album  Lina_ Raül Refree,  released internationally in January 2020 by Glitterbeat Records, won the first edition of the Carlos do Carmo Award. This award adds to a huge list of international distinctions that the duo has been collecting since the release of the first album in January 2020.

_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

The Carlos do Carmo Award was instituted by SPA as a way of honouring the interpreter who died in January this year, a member of this institution since 1997. The jury responsible for the evaluation of the works in the area of Fado for 2020, presided by António Vitorino D’Almeida and formed by Rui Vieira Nery, Paulo de Carvalho, Tozé Brito and Tiago Torres da Silva, attributed the first edition of the Prize to the project of Lina, exceptional singer, resident fadista of Clube de Fado and author of two albums, and of the Catalan Raül Refree, one of the most renowned producers of today.

The award ceremony will take place on 25 May during the celebrations of the Portuguese Author’s Day.

 

 

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RÃO KYAO releases second single from “Gandhi

 

“Vaishnav Jan to Tene Kahiye Je”, is the song that gave rise to “Gandhi – A Portuguese pays homage to Gandhi”, Rão Kyao’s new album to be released on 14 May.

Gandhi – A Portuguese pays homage to Gandhi was born from a challenge launched by the official entities of India to 124 countries, to reinterpret a theme that Gandhi loved so much. Each of these countries had to choose a musician to recreate “Vaishnav Jan to Tene Kahiye Je”, which became an anthem for all Indians. It is this theme that now appears as the album’s second presentation single, and which was the starting point for Rão Kyao to rediscover the figure of Gandhi and create his tribute, in a work that is a meeting point of Portugal’s connection with India.

“It was then that the Indian embassy contacted me to conceive a version of this theme, based on the fact that they knew of my involvement with Indian music,” says Rão Kyao.

After having finished the recreation, he got an immediate reaction, which was unexpected, from the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, who referenced and published it on all his social networks.

In this second single, Rão Kyao reveals a more introspective component of his music which, in these challenging times, gives it a special dimension.

With a release date for next May, the album is, as it is well understood, a tribute to the Indian leader (1869-1948) who was recently honoured worldwide with the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of his birth. “He remains a futurist. His philosophy is what we need for this time”, says Rão Kyao.

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20PERCEPTION – new EP from RUI MASSENA released by Deutsche Grammophon

After 4 singles already available throughout the months of February and March, it is now time to get to know the full EP 20PERCEPTION. There are six original songs, recorded during the last year and that will be available tomorrow for sale. To those interested in acquiring this work we remind you that the physical edition is limited to a few copies.

“A Song”, “70 Percent”, “Endless”, and “Moving” are the previously revealed singles that have been conquering the international markets, reaching an impressive number of streamings, earning Rui Massena more than half a million monthly listeners on Spotify. “A Song”, the first tune taken from this new EP, entered the classical music charts of Apple Music in 101 countries, and in 75 of these countries (including Germany, New Zealand, Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, Austria, USA, Greece, France, Australia, Canada, China, Mexico and Japan) it even entered the top 20 most listened to songs. These four songs have been chosen to enter dozens of Spotify playlists with millions of followers.

Rui Massena’s career is going through a particularly happy moment. In addition to the success of this new work, the composer and pianist participated last 28th in the celebrations of the World Piano Day, promoted by the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon publishing house, alongside some of the greatest pianists of today. Massena is also preparing to go back on the road and continue the tour that was forcibly interrupted by the pandemic we are currently going through. More news on this subject will follow soon.

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RUI MASSENA CELEBRATED THE WORLD PIANO DAY WITH A LIVE PERFORMANCE AT THE INVITATION OF DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

On 28 March, World Piano Day was celebrated and there were various events celebrating this noble instrument all over the planet.

One of the most important was, without doubt, the online concert on Youtube by Deutsche Grammophon in which a truly stellar selection of the greatest pianists of our time participated. The pianist and composer Rui Massena was one of the artists chosen to integrate the line-up together with Maria João Pires, Lang Lang, Joep Beving, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Alice Sara Ott, Jan Lisiecki, Rudolf Buchbinder, Kit Armstrong , Kirill Gerstein, Daniil Trifonov, Seong-Jin Cho, Katia & Marielle Labèque, Chad Lawson, Balmorhea, Yiruma

 

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Rão Kyao presents his new single

Humanitarian, environmentalist, and spiritualist, looking locally with an eye on globality. If ever there was a need for these values, now is the time. Looking out for your fellow human being and nature itself. To be able to look inwards and outwards. The Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948), was exactly that. “He’s still ahead of his time, still a futurist. His philosophy is exactly what we need now-a-days” says Rão Kyao. 

  

The music of Portuguese flute player and composer has been faithful to this message. Music that exudes Portuguese roots as much as universality, an invitation to dive within ourselves but also to be aware of our surroundings. It’s in this frame of mind that “Respeito pela Natureza” (Respect for Nature) was born, Rão Kyao’s first single of the new album, that pays homage to the man and the mind of Gandhi, in time for the celebration of the 150 years since his birth. 

 

The album, Gandhi – Um Português Homenageia Gandhi (Ghandi – A Portuguese honors Gandhi), framed as a Portuguese interpretation of Gandhi himself, is available in May. Here’s the story behind it… It started off as a dare, Indian authorities invited 124 countries to choose an artist to recreate Vaishnav Jan to Tene Kahiyethe tune Gandhi most listened to, and that has become the unofficial national anthem for that country.  

 

“It was then that the Indian embassy reached out to me to create my version of that tune, based on the fact that I studied there for 10 years and my music is heavily influenced by Indian culture” says Kyao, who was able to get an immediate reaction from a surprising source, as prime minister Narendra Modi referenced and published the song on all his social networks. 

  

From then on, from the initial dive into Indian culture and Gandhi’s philosophy to the finished album, it was all very quick, though it’ll only be released in May. For now, we have “Respect for Nature” (Respeito pela Natureza), the single that delves into decades of experience playing for a transgenerational audience, through his instrumental music able to transport us to India, without ever leaving Portuguese textures and rhythms, in a journey that, at the end of it all, is into ourselves. Peaceful music, but active in its charms, such is the manner of Gandhi’s philosophy. 

 

Behold, the art of who started in the world of ambience jazz, and launched himself onto the world, from the Orient to Africa, from Europe to the Americas, armed with flutes made from bamboo. An ambassador of Portuguese soul. A career over 50 years long, baring a lot of records, such is the successful Fado Bailado (1983), many meetings and collaborations, many moments for learning (he studied with Indian musical masters, as well as having played with great Chinese orchestras, and recorded with flamenco’s top artists) and inspiration (from fado to flamenco, as presented in Delírios Ibéricos with the Spanish artists Ketama) that make him the most universal of all the Portuguese musicians. 

  

He’s not stopped in the last 20 years, gaining critical support and favor with the audience with works such as Fado Virado a Nascente (2001), Porto Alto (2004) ou Coisas Que a Gente Sente (2012), never slowing down in his quest to travel the world, while still collecting honors like the Order of the Infante Henrique (2007), and a commendation from the Arts and Science Academy in Paris (2011) assigned by the French state. 

  

The spirituality, the cross culturality, his sense of environmentalism and his meditative music, make him, all these years later, a profoundly contemporary figure. As was Gandhi, whom he now honors.  

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Happy Holidays

UGURU would like to take a moment at the end of this very long year, to direct a few words to our artists, partners, clients, cooperators, and friends: the road ahead leads on to a new year, that like all new years, its laden with hope. To this hope, we’d like to add our absolute commitment. Culture is a necessity we cannot do without, a belief that has inspired our work for the last 18 years, producing spectacles with some of the most relevant names in music on the national and international scene, managing artists careers, projecting excellence beyond frontiers. Always in tireless and resolute style, because that’s how one goes about the business of making culture. We trust we will continue to do the same in 2021, with all of your help. Because we know you believe, like we do, that we all need culture, great culture, because we need a future.

With that in mind, we’d like to extend to our artists, teams, families, all our programmers, agents, managers, media outlets, all of the venues, and to all our many friends, a sincere wish for a good holiday season, and safe and prosperous 2021!

Thank you!

Carmo Cruz

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Rodrigo Leão’s new album – “O Método”

RODRIGO LEÃO SPEAKS ABOUT

“O MÉTODO”

I started writing down ideas for a new album during 2017, while I was touring Europe with Scott Matthew after releasing our CD “Life Is Long”.

As always with my creative process, my first steps are always very intuitive and not at all methodical! Some of my first ideas came to me in hotel rooms. In November of 2017 we recorded our first demos, but we still had our doubts.

After three very different albums – “A Vida Secreta das Máquinas”, which was all electronic, “O Retiro”, recorded with an orchestra and choir, and “Life Is Long” with Scott – I felt I needed to find new paths.

And I was feeling very influenced by composers like Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds or Max Richter.

This is where Federico Albanese, the much acclaimed Italian musician and composer, joined us. Me, and my regular co-producers Pedro Oliveira and João Eleutério, realised we need someone with fresh ears to join us, and we accepted the suggestion of my long-time friend and manager António Cunha to bring in an outside opinion.

At the same time we were invited to write music for an exhibition about the brain at Lisbon’s Calouste Gulbenkian museum.

On that project, which was co-produced by João Eleutério and Luís Fernandes, we learned a lot about electronic ambient sounds, and they proved very useful for this new record.

Our first working sessions were not easy, but we quickly found a method of working that brought us closer to the ideas we were looking for. Federico was very important in this; he suggested arrangements and instrumentation that helped get us there. We now had a clearer view of the minimalist, ethereal ambiance I was looking for.

This is the album on which I play the most piano ever! We also didn’t use the strings as much. This brought something new to the general sound of the project, as did a youth choir of 20 singers, which I’d thought of using very early in the project.

“O Método” is much leaner than my other albums. The sound is simpler, sparser, more self-contained. I also feel it is a little bit more spiritual; the music, being more ambient, takes us away from the day to day. I could explore a more naïf, childlike innocence that I felt now and then on previous albums.

For the songs. I did not want to use an existing language, I wanted to make up words so it would sound more abstract.

There are two exceptions. “The Boy Inside” was sung by Casper Clausen of Efterklang, who wrote the lyrics in English; Federico suggested asking him, and I knew and loved his work. “O Cigarro” is sung in Russian by Viviena Tupikova, who has played violin with me for a long time and wrote the lyrics as well. Another regular collaborator of mine, singer Ângela Silva, was very important with her suggestions for vocal arrangements and unusual way of singing made-up words.

 

The title changed during the recording, but “O Método”, “the method”, became the obvious choice. We were looking for a method to arrive at the final result, and Federico was very important in that process.

 

But I think it’s more interesting to see the method as more abstract, philosophical. Do we all have our own method to try and make something, communicate, feel, contribute?

The pieces on this album ask questions that don’t really have answers. A child points to the sky and asks: why are we here? Where do we go after we die? What is the meaning of life?

I like my music to ask questions, even if they have no answers. It means it communicates and says something to whoever hears it. It helps us think and dream. It moves us.

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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)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrsMiU3eV6U&feature=youtu.be
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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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