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

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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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″We are not at the time when the Portuguese come here and discover football″

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″We are not at the time when the Portuguese come here and discover football″

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Abel Ferreira has already earned some criticism from Cookie, and now the tone has especially risen after a conference with Atlético Goianiense coach Jorginho.

In Brazil, they continue to discuss Abel’s trip to the locker room in the quarter-final match against Libertadores. Jorginho, the coach of Atlético Goianiense, who has already criticized the Portuguese coach, explained what would happen if the Brazilian team’s technical leader showed the same behavior.

“If a Brazilian coach went into the dressing room to listen to music during a penalty kick, he would be called a coward. But when he wins, nothing happens, everything is right,” he said in press statements.

Jorginho raised his tone and delivered a more general criticism of the Portuguese coach, recalling that football had already been invented in Brazil and that the reigning two-time South American champion had a tougher job ahead of him.

“Abel is a very good coach, period. The question of his abilities is not discussed. It is discussed, especially in this situation, that he did not discover football. football! What happened to Jorge Jesus was extraordinary, what happens to Abel too, but that’s because they have a team like Flamengo and Palmeiras. I want to see him do what he does here at Atlético Goianiense. Come here to become the champion of Brazil,” he explained.

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Francisco J. Marques: “It seems that the evil of Portuguese football is the behavior of the FC Porto bank…” – FC Porto

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Dragons Communications Director Thinks Judges Are Overzealous

Francisco J. Márquez once again criticized the strict actions of the refereeing teams against the FC Porto bank, especially Sergio Conceição, citing as an example what happened in Wiesel compared to what happened in Casa Pia Benfica. The Communications Director of FC Porto considered it an exaggeration how the referees penalize the banks. “The strange thing is what is happening, it seems that the evil of Portuguese football is the behavior of the banks, especially FC Porto. It’s a bit strange that after two days of announcing the new recommendation, this so-called zero tolerance is limited to the Porto FC bench, when in the Casa Pia Benfica game we saw the reaction of the Benfica bench. I think it’s nothing to worry about, it’s normal in any championship, but with zero tolerance for these people should be warned. In the case of a yellow card, Sergio Conceição in Wiesel, the rules were strictly observed because he left the technical area, one can warn with a yellow card, but how many times the coaches leave the technical area “Jorge Jesus played on touch line as if he were a full back I admit that Sergio Conceição left a little technical area but this whole situation does not make sense, let’s hope that common sense will prevail and not force unnatural behavior There are players, coaches and managers who live the game intensively, there are different views on the game, I think that what is happening is a clear exaggeration and this needs to be edit,” Francisco J. Marquez said in an interview with Porto. Channel. .

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Dhaka University to promote Portuguese language teaching in Bangladesh

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Teachers in France petition to develop Portuguese language teaching

ECamões – Instituto da Cooperacao e da Língua said in a statement that the protocol with the University of Dhaka is the first institution in Bangladesh and aims to “create conditions to support the promotion of the teaching of Portuguese and the dissemination of the language.” and Portuguese culture in the country and in the region, thus contributing to the internationalization of the Portuguese language.”

The agreement, the note adds, was signed by Camões chairman Joõo Ribeiro de Almeida and, at a distance, University of Bengal treasurer Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed, in the presence of the Bangladeshi ambassador. to Portugal, Tariq Ahsan.

According to the statement, Camões’ activities extend to more than 70 countries through its direct learning network and about 310 protocols signed with associations and institutions of basic, secondary and higher education abroad.

Through these agreements, Camões supports the establishment of associated schools, the recruitment of teachers by foreign universities, and the establishment of Portuguese language centers and Camões departments.

Camões – The Institute for Cooperation and Language is a public institution under the control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose mission is to propose and implement a policy of cooperation with Portugal, as well as a policy of teaching and disseminating the Portuguese language and culture abroad.

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