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by Jerry D'Souza
The story of Madredeus begins in 1986 when Portuguese musicians Pedro Ayres Magalhães and Rodrigo Leao came up with the idea of a guitar-synthesizer combination for their music. They also pulled in an accordion player and a classical cellist. Into this odd mix came Teresa Salgueiro, a nineteen-year-old who was singing fado songs in a bar. The band began rehearsing in a church called Madre de Deus, which became the inspiration for their name. Changes in personnel followed, but Magalhães ...read more
by Stephen Latessa
Madredeus is a Lisbon-based quintet which plays modern variations on traditional Portuguese music. Vocalist Teresa Salgueiro is inevitably the focus of the music and her light, piercing voice is immediately striking. Guitarist Pedro Ayres Magalhães is also an integral component as the composer of a large part of their repertoire. The group's latest album, Faluas Do Tejo, is structured as a love letter to their home city.
The heart of the music Madredeus creates is the native fado ...read more
by Franz A. Matzner
There is a unique pleasure in listening to music in an unfamiliar language. While much meaning is lost, there are nuances in the sounds that would be forsaken if one could translate every word. For those unfamiliar with Portuguese, listening to Faluas Do Tejo provides an acute example of this contradictory experience. This deceptively simple album from Madredeus aches with an exquisiteness derived from the interplay between Teresa Salgueiro's vocals; Pedro Ayres Magalhaes and Jose Peixoto's blended ...read more