The magic of Joan Wasser as a Police Woman (Teatro Diogo Bernardes, Ponte de Lima)

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Joan Wasser (b. 1970), known by her stage name Joan As Police Woman, is an American musician, singer-songwriter and producer. The concert in Teatro Diogo Bernardes was part of her European Joanthology Tour, where she inhabited the space with intimacy and elegance. For her 2019 tour she strips her sound down to its true essence, performing her songbook solo with the piano, guitar and rhythm-box station. “Joanthology” (released on May 2019) is her first career retrospective album, a 43-song collection, with tracks from Joan’s self-titled debut EP in 2004 to her seventh album, “Damned Devotion” (2018). She began her career … Continued

Mazgani & Sean Riley (Teatro Diogo Bernardes, Ponte de Lima)

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This encounter on stage between the Portuguese-Iranian Mazgani (Shahryar Mazgani) and Sean Riley (Afonso Rodrigues), leader of the Slowriders, both talented song writers, accompanied by Victor Rodrigues Coimbra (bass), Isaac Achega (drums) and Pedro Vital (guitar), was more than playing together. The two singers reinterpreted themes from their repertoire, creating a new identity with unique arrangements for the occasion. Them friendship and mutual artistic admiration came often during the concert. You can follow them individual career here and here.

Sarah McCoy – Blood Siren Tour (Teatro Diogo Bernardes, Ponte de Lima)

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Everything you could say about Sarah McCoy is not enough. She is an irresistible seductress, and her radiance unearthly beautiful. Acting as the booming front force, the singer-songwriter Sarah McCoy uses her musical and theatrical training to construct an environment rich with mood. However, all her powerful laughts and cheeky gestures can not hide the extremely vulnerable personality behind her. Sarah McCoy, a street musician and bar pianist in New Orleans pubs where she had acquired part of her musical armor, has a range of timbres and expressive scales like no other singer on the fringes of blues, rock, pop, … Continued

Blind Zero – Teatro Diogo Bernardes (Ponte de Lima, 2019)

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Blind Zero, from Porto and led by Miguel Guedes, are one of Portuguese premier rock bands, celebrating 25 years of career. Blind Zero came together in the early ’90s, releasing their debut EP “Recognize”, in 1995. The first album “Trigger” (1995), was produced by the L.A. producer Ronnie S. Champagne. In 1996, the band recorded the EP “Transradio”, followed by “Redcoast” (1997), “One Silent Accident” (2000), “A Way to Bleed your Lover” (2003) and “The night before and a new day” (2005). “Time Machine (Memories Undone) – Live Best of Unplugged” (2007) is the first unplugged album, a best off the … Continued

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Ólafur Arnalds | Casa da Música (Porto)

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The music from Ólafur Arnalds is soft and fragile. The mere act of breathing can feel like an intrusion. Like a dream of soundscapes, the music floats ghostly from the stage: two semi-generative self-playing pianos developed by Ólafur and his team, a string quartet and the occasional rush of percussion, all suspended on a sublimely tender blue light show. Arnalds is incredibly warm and engaging. He picks up the microphone with his hands to speak and his humility shines through. The evening ended with Lag Fyrir Ömmu (Song For Grandma) a song he wrote upon her passing, followed by silence, complete and breathless … Continued

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Márcia (Sons de Vez, 2019)

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Márcia is a Portuguese singer-songwriter (b. 1982). She plays since the age of 13 and debuted in 2009 with the EP “Márcia” (Optimus Discos). Her first album “Dá” was released on 2010 (re-edited on November 2011), “Casulo”, the second album, was released on 2013 and “Quarto Crescente” on 2015. The latest album “Vai e vem” was edited last year (2018). Her harmonic melodies have an influence of pop rock, indie and folk music. She sings with her soul and spreads her beautiful voice through space … and we vibrate with it, by resonance. Vocals, guitar: Márcia Santos Guitar, pedal steel: Filipe Monteiro Guitar: … Continued

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Best Youth (Sons de Vez, 2019)

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Best Youth is a Portuguese duo from Portugal (Porto) formed in 2011 by Rocha Gonçalves (Ed Rocha) and Catarina Salinas (Kate), whose sound could be described as clash between electronic indie rock and dream pop. Discography: Winterlies (EP, 2011), Highway Moon (LP, 2015), Cherry Domino (LP, 2018). You can find more about best youth here and here.

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Patrick Watson | CAE São Mamede (Guimarães)

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Patrick Watson (b. 1979) is a singer-songwriter, pianist, and film composer based in Montreal (Canada). His music, once subtle and dramatic, full of atmospheric tension and anchored by his stunning and hypnotic falsetto, is as a mix of indie rock and classical music, with intermittent influences of cabaret, folk, jazz and soul. In a recent interview, Watson, a self-confessed Debussy and Ravel enthusiast, said he wishes to give his listeners goose-bumps, and that he wants to make something “really touching, using whatever tools that allow you to do that.” His first album, Waterproof9, was released in 2001. In 2003 released Just Another Ordinary … Continued

La Force – CAE São Mamede (Guimarães)

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La Force, the solo project of the Canadian indie collective Broken Social Scene vocalist Ariel Engle toured in support of Patrick Watson concerts. With their guitars and loops, a crystal clear and warm voice, her performance included the nine tracks of her self-titled debut album (released September, 2018), fitted with an intelligent and subtle humor. You can know more about La Force here.

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Mishlawi | Viana Bate Forte 2018

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Tarik Mishlawi, better known by his stage name Mishlawi, is an American (Arizona) rap, RnB, trap-soul  and hip-hop artist, who grew up as a teenager in Cascais, Portugal. He returned for university in Washington and then moved on to London. In 2014 he dropped ‘Street Jargon Freestyle’ on YouTube and SoundCloud. His career started in 2016 with the single “All Night”. In 2017 “Always on My Mind”, “Boohoo”, ft Richie Campbell and “Limbo”, were a great success. His debut album will be released in the beginning of February, 2019. You can know more about Mishlawi here.

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