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Shanghai-based Portuguese guitarist Luis Coelho releases new EP of the originals



Shanghai-based Portuguese guitarist Luis Coelho releases new EP of the originals

“This is a more introspective, more melancholy EP. Based on my Portuguese roots,” Coelho tells Lusa in a phone interview.

The EP, consisting of six original songs, was released on iTunes and Spotify digital platforms featuring Portuguese guitarist Ricardo Martins.

In one song titled Fado Navegador, Luis Coelho combines the Portuguese musical genre with traditional elements from Brazil and China by incorporating the Bossa Nova’s nylon-string acoustic guitar and the erhu musical instrument. originally from China., on two strings and played with a bow.

“My idea was to build a bridge between these three countries: Brazil and Portugal, which have a stronger connection, and Portugal and China,” he sums up.

In his first original album, Inner Life Burst, published in 2018, Luis Coelho mixed instrumental progressive rock and Mediterranean influences. In this new EP, the musician opted for a more “raw sound, without a lot of arrangements and production.”

“It’s like we’re in a room listening to the band play. It’s a more revealing thing, he describes. “There is nothing to hide: what you hear is what it is.”

The 40-year-old Portuguese received an economics degree from the University of Coimbra, but when asked about his professional future, he replied: “My career is music, there is no turning back.”

Seven-string “Fender” and “Schetter”, or acoustic guitars from Yamaha, Martin and Cort, were his daily working instruments for 10 years.

In addition to owning the Don Coelho Band and playing as a “freelancer” with other musicians, Luis Coelho teaches guitar in Shanghai.

Shanghai, located at the mouth of the Yangtze, is the largest and most cosmopolitan Chinese city with a population of about 23 million.

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China’s border closures, in place since March 2020 as part of the COVID-19 zero-case strategy, have removed the Asian country from international artists’ touring map, allowing Coelho to play on some of Shanghai’s most famous stages, including the Blue Note Jazz Club and the Lincoln Center.

“I always try to play a bit of fado, a bit of Portuguese music, to show a bit of our culture,” he says.

Born and raised in Coimbra, Luis Coelho has been playing guitar since childhood. Among his mentions, he cites Gary Moore, Joe Satriani, Al Di Meola, and Dream Theater and Metallica.

As for the Portuguese musicians he admires, he mentions the guitarists Pedro Joya and Julio Pereira, known for playing traditional Portuguese instruments such as the cavaquinho and the viola braghesa.

Coelho arrived in Shanghai in early 2009 to complete an internship with a major European company, Auchan, under the “Inov Contacto” program sponsored by AICEP (Portuguese Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade).

After completing his internship, he returned to Portugal, but returned two months later to “try to find a job”.

In 2011, he participated in the 3rd edition of “Guitar Idol”, considered “the biggest competition for guitarists worldwide to discover new talent”, against 1,700 candidates from dozens of countries.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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