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
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
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.
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, 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.
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.
HMB (an acronym of “Heber Marques Band”) is a soul and funk band formed in Portugal in 2007 by Héber Marques (voice), Joel Silva (drums), Daniel Lima (keyboards), Fred Martinho (guitar), and Joel Xavier (bass). They were already friends and played together in other projects. Heber Marques finds this musical training the perfect balance to develop his taste for soul and R&B related with his Gospel origins. 60s and 70s big names as Stevie Wonder, Prince, Al Green and Bill Withers and the latest D’Angelo and Erykah Badu are some of the references that inspire the sound of the band. Their debut album … Continued
Ana Bacalhau (b. 1978) is a popular and established Portuguese singer well known by the energy and committed performances on stage. After been part of the acoustic Portuguese “neofado” group Deolinda founded in 2006, one decade later Ana Bacalhau edited her solo debut album “Nome Próprio” (October, 2017). Previously she had been also a fado-jazz punker in a band called Lupanar (2001-2006), and Tricotismo, a jazz and blues trio (2003-2006). The band: Ana Bacalhau (vocals); Mário Delgado (guitar), Luís Figueiredo (piano), Zé Pedro Leitão (bass) and Marcos Cavaleiro (drums). You can follow Ana Bacalhau here and here.
The Legendary Tigerman is Paulo Furtado, is a Portuguese blues musician. He started playing blues music as a one-man band style, accompanying his singing with guitar, harmonica and drums alone on stage, until 2014. His most recent album, “MISFIT”, is a turning point in the career of Paulo Furtado, since it is the first album in which he leaves the one man band format. The actual formation is: Paulo Furtado (guitar/vocals), Paulo Segadães (drums), João Cabrita (axophone baritone), Filipe Rocha (low bass). Discography: Naked Blues (2002); Fuck Christmas, I Got the Blues (2003); In Cold Blood (2004); Masquerade (2006); Femina … Continued
The Legendary Tigerman is Paulo Furtado, a Portuguese blues musician. He started playing blues music as a one-man band, accompanying his singing with guitar, harmonica and drums alone on stage, until 2014. His most recent album, “MISFIT”, is the first album in which he leaves the one man band format. The actual formation is: Paulo Furtado (guitar/vocals), Paulo Segadães (drums), João Cabrita (saxophone baritone), Filipe Rocha (low bass). Discography: Naked Blues (2002); Fuck Christmas, I Got the Blues (2003); In Cold Blood (2004); Masquerade (2006); Femina (2009); True (2014); Misfit (2018). You can know more about The Legendary Tigerman here.