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Lisbon — By Alexandre Kühl Oliveira on March 30, 2010 at 2:49 am
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Astounded at Rodrigo Leão Concert

Saturday evening at Museu do Oriente, I arrive just before 9h30pm to one of the best Portuguese music composers concert. Following an invitation of Museu do Oriente, Rodrigo de Leão would feature his voyages around the world, his latest album “Mãe” and obviously some of his best work.        

Rodrigo Leão has granted some of the most important moments of the Portuguese music scene since the 1980’s. He was the co-founder of two of the most interesting Portuguese groups, Sétima Legião and the worldwide known Madredeus. With clear influences of contemporary classic music, he also adds Tango, traditional French music and many other little worldwide music influences, originating what one may call a unique world music that has granted him unanimous applause. Contributions of music personalities like Beth Gibbons, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Melingo, the ambassador of Argentina’s new Tango, have certainly helped Pedro Almodóvar, reputed Spanish movie maker, describes him as “one of the most inspired composers in the world”. His genious ability to create a music that truly touches the senses goes further into a talent to surrond himself by remarcable musicians. In 2004 Billboard Magazine Editor considered his Cinema album one of the best in 2004.  

Indeed I was expecting his quite cinematic music style, changing from melancholic to cheerful, back to melancholy again. At 9h45pm, with the last chairs of the auditorium being filled, Rodrigo Leão and Cinema Ensemble band started playing. The first sounds were birds, introducing “Pássaros de Pangin” – Pangin Birds Concert. Soon came the sound of his keyboard, then the violins and at last the violoncello and accordion. “Mar Me Quer” was his opening music while images of Goa passed on a screen behind.

After half an hour of instrumental music and images there were now taking us through Portugal and Azores, Ana Vieira brought her sweet amazing voice to the group, initiating a joyful play of tense and harmonious moments of music. “Vida Tão Estranha”, “Canciones Negras”, “La Fête” and “Comédia de Deus” were some of the songs that could be listened.

It was pass 11pm and while we were all coming down the stairs, trying to get away from the difficult task of leaving the building, the silence was sometimes broken by the memories of the last songs. The joyfulness of “Pasión”, sang by Celina Piedade, was just another genius strike to finish an one-and-a-half hour voyage through the senses.



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