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Madredeus


Country of origin:

Portugal

Type of music generally:

Beautiful & fierce ethereal world music

Status:

Most recent release, Antologia (1987-2007 compilation, 2012); most recent release of new material, Essência (2012)

See also:

Madredeus's site

Wikipedia's entry for Madredeus

Comparisons:

The more stripped-down side of Loreena McKennitt's music if she were Portuguese

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

I wanted to share my new "find" with everyone: Madredeus. A beautiful band from Portugal, one people would like if they like the "world" music of Loreena McKennitt. It's not Celtic, but it is wonderful, and the lead singer has a tremendous voice. (Matt.Bittner)

Recommended first album:

Antologia is a good place to start and Electronico is a fascinating take on their music. (Neile)

Recordings:

  • Os Dias da Madredeus (1987)
  • Existir (1990)
  • O Espírito da Paz (1994)
  • Ainda (soundtrack to Wim Wenders' film Lisbon Story, 1995)
  • Paraíso (1997)
  • O Porto (live, 1999)
  • Antologia (compilation, 2000)
  • Palavras Cantadas (2001)
  • Movimento (2001)
  • Electronico (2002)
  • Euforia (CD & DVD, 2002)
  • Um Amor Infinito (2004)
  • Faluas Do Tejo: Lisboa 2004 (live, 2005)
  • Faluas do Tejo (2005)
  • Metafonia (2008, featuring A Banda Cósmica)
  • A Nova Aurora (2009, featuring A Banda Cósmica)
  • Castelos na Areia (2010, featuring A Banda Cósmica)
  • Essência (2012)
  • Antologia (1987-2007 compilation, 2012)

Antologia

Release info:

2000—EMI (Europe)—7243 5 25945 2 6

Availability:

Europe

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Teresa Saigueiro—vocals
Pedro Ayres Magalhaes—classical guitar
Rodrigo Muñoz—keyboards
Gabriel Gomes—accordion
Francisco Rubiero—violoncelo
Jos&eactue; Peixoto—guitar
Rodrido Leao—keyboards
Carlos Maria Trindade—synthesizer
Fernando Judice—acoustic bass

Guest artists:

António Vitorina de Almerida—piano

Produced by:

Executive Producers—Paulo Junqueiro, Maria Joao Fortes, and Verónica Paine

Comments:

A stunningly beautiful compilation. The acoustic instruments and Teresa Saigueiro's beautiful, angelic vocals are a lovely, powerful, yet peaceful combination. The songs have a traditional/world music feel, but are mostly written by the guitarist. (Neile)

Electronico

Release info:

2002—EMI (Europe)—07243 539895 2 1

Availability:

Europe

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Teresa Saigueiro—vocals
Pedro Ayres Magalhaes—classical guitar
Rodrigo Muñoz—keyboards
Gabriel Gomes—accordion
Francisco Rubiero—violoncelo
Jos&eactue; Peixoto—guitar
Rodrido Leao—keyboards
Carlos Maria Trindade—synthesizer
Fernando Judice—acoustic bass

Guest artists:

Mixes by: Lux, Alpha, Sunday Best, Buscemi, Banzai Republic, Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band, Steve Miller, Dusted, Telepopmusik, Al Johnson, David Bridie & Christian Scallan, Craig Armstrong, Manitoba

Comments:

The remixes maintain the spirit of Madredeus's work (especially the purity of Teresa Saigueiro) but add that extra electronic edge. A fascinating collection and collaboration. Still mostly peaceful but often danceable. (Neile)

Further info:

Vocalist Teresa Saigueiro released a solo disc, Obrigado in 2006

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