"Quero um cavalo de várias cores" (I want a horse of various colours)is an amazing poem by the late Reinaldo Edgar Ferreira (1922-1959). From this inspiring text my dear friend Bruno Walter Ferreira composed the beautiful song "Cavalo de Várias cores", which I had the pleasure to arrange for the album "25 Anos de Música Original nos Açores" , edited in 2010.
The text had also been used by Pedro Jordão and sung by João Maria Tudella, and edited in a (forbidden) 1969 LP "Tudella Canta Música de Pedro Jordão", and also by Filipa Pais in "Que o mundo é meu", in her 2004 album "À porta do mundo" (thank you to my friend Luís Fernandes for this tip).
Reinaldo Edgar's father was also named Reinaldo Ferreira, journalist and writer, known for his "Reporter X" alter ego.
Reinaldo's most acclaimed poems are perhaps "Uma casa portuguesa" (A portuguese house), immortalised by Amália in the song by Vasco Sequeira e Artur Fonseca, and "Menina dos Olhos tristes" (Girl of sad eyes), by José Afonso.
Spending most of his life in Moçambique, Reinaldo died of lung cancer aged 37, without having published any book. Bellow, settings of "Quero um cavalo de várias cores", along with my free translation of the text. Fifty-five years after his death, the memory of a great poet: Reinaldo Edgar Ferreira.
MusicVibes (a)live! | Be musical, get social!
November 6th | 19h45
Veemkade 574, Amsterdam
MusicVibes is a new platform that creates opportunities for music makers of different levels and backgrounds to improve their music skills in a social atmosphere, guided by professionals.
The workshops, lessons and music activities provide opportunities for contact with like-minded musicians and to work closely with professionals, in a relaxed, non-judgemental atmosphere. All activities include a broad socialisation program. MusicVibes is a joint venture of Rafael Fraga and Edwin Hoogervorst. Official presentation event will include concerts and many guests.
MusicVibes current activities include:
Free Guitar Lessons: an informal weekly guitar lesson. For free!
MusicVibes collective: weekly group practise session, with try-outs and concerts.
MusicVibes Weekends: 3-day workshops and lessons in wonderful locations.
More info: www.music-vibes.nl
Het Postakantoor, Bovenkarspel | tickets
November 16, 20:30h
Kim sings is a new project by Dutch actress Kim van Goor, where she interprets songs from her referential singers and songwriters.
Rafael was invited to contribute with musical direction and guitars.
Kim's warm tone reflects her personality, in an acoustic concert that will revisit all-time classics with a hint of jazz and world-music.
Music by Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, James Taylor, etc.
Production: Kim van Goor / Het Postkantoor
Musical direction: Rafael Fraga
Kim van Goor - vocals
Rafael Fraga - guitar, arrangements
Catalin Milea - sopran sax
Marco Zenini - double bass
Sound/lights - Mirek Bos
Vinicius de Moraes is Brazil's most acclaimed poet/musician - yet, widely unknown worldwide, spite lyrics such as "Garota de Ipanema / The Girl from Ipanema" or "Insensatez / How Insensitive".
Celebrating Vinicius' 100th anniversary, the Utrecht based Rood Noot theatre group joins Norah Paiva and Rafael Fraga to hommage the life and work of a remarkable character of modern culture.
The show, still under development, will have a pre-presentation in an informal public session, where the work and life of Vinicius will be explored around the table: with good food, amazing music and friendly people - as the poet loved.
Rood Noot | Utrecht
Friday, October 11 - 18h
Texts and music by Vinicius de Moraes
With: Peter Kolpa (texts), Norah Paiva (vocals) and Rafael Fraga (guitar and vocals)
Entrance (includes dinner): €9
Reservation recommended: https://www.facebook.com/events/1424878974391854/
Oude Vleutenseweg 33, Utrecht
Some photos of the presentation concert of Daisy's "Fado do Norte" album, at the North Sea Jazz Club, 30/Sept/2013.
Fado do Norte is Daisy Correia's new album, recorded in The Netherlands and consisting mostly of new songs. Its release will take place September 30 - 20.30h, at the North Sea Jazz Club, in Amsterdam.
Daisy Correia: voice
Frank Keijzer: piano
Marko Bonarius: doublebass
Mark de Jong: percussion
Joeri de Graaf: guitar
Rafael Fraga: Portuguese guitar
Guests: Stef Bos and Henk van Twillert
Tickets and info:
As announced earlier, Rafael and Lisbon-based singer Ana Roque started to work on a new CD. The first recording sessions took place in Lisbon, at João Penedo's studio, assisted by Eurico Machado.
The album will consist entirely of yet unreleased songs by Rafael. Recordings will resume soon and the release is expected to take place in 2014.
Theaterfestival Boulevard | Aug 1 - 11
Short story in a sea container. Second episode of a tasty series of stories about the fears and desires of everyday singletons. Inspired by SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY, from the Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki.
Text: Anna van der Kruis; Director: Mik van Goor; Actor: Johan Vanderpol;
Original soundtrack: Rafael Fraga
More: festivalboulevard.nl | dezonschijntnietinuwtv.nl
Following a short but fruitful collaboration in February 2013, Rafael and fado singer Ana Roque will now share the studio to record a set of original songs.
From September 1-4, in Lisbon.
More news to come soon.
Quatro Ventos will be presenting their 2012/3 Mitos e Lendas tour in Franfurt, Germany in June 22, at Das Internationale Theater. Special guest: violinist Friedmar Hitzer.
With: Quatro Ventos