Madredeus @ Barbican
Madredeus‘ songs have a powerful musicality, enriched and influenced by traditional music, strongly linked to the Portuguese people and culture. My first memory of the group goes back to 1990 with “O Pastor”, a song so emotionally intense that one gets goose bumps with such melancholic lyrics that talk about the past and dreams in the marvelous voice of former singer Teresa Salgueiro.
The songs are haunting, deeply inspired by the Portuguese saudade, an untranslatable word that expresses a sense of loss, laconic but at the same time full of beauty. A true icon of the Portuguese music scene, their music is an invitation to a relaxing and fulfilling experience of poetic and nostalgic lyrics.
With 14 albums released, a film soundtrack and a collaboration with the famous Spanish tenor Jose Carreras, the Madredeus have become a worldwide acclaimed band – even after the departure of singer Teresa Salgueiro in 2007.
They are now back in London to celebrate 25 years with Essência, a new album out this week that looks back at their carrer, and a European tour with a very special show featuring highlights from the group’s rich catalogue.
The Barbican welcomes leader Pedro Ayres Magalhães – who plays classical guitar – and the group with their powerful, modern and hypnotic sounds inspired by the Portuguese fado. “Madredeus songs are to be played live and this new show has been well received”, said Pedro Ayres Magalhães recently. “We missed playing live and almost half of the 13 songs on the album are part of the show we are touring”
A show not-to-be-missed and a celebration of the group’s return with their new album and a new addition to the band: the amazing voice of Beatriz Nunes in addition to the usual violins, cellos, keyboards, classical guitar and strings.
by Silvia Almeida
Monday 16th April, 8pm
Madredeus are performing as part of La Linea 2012. You can find more information about their show and all the other events at La Linea here: comono.co.uk/la-linea