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Ser Fado, 2016

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Traumton Records

Telmo Pires

As a prototype of a modern European, Telmo Pires commutes between his home and the urban metropolises of Lisbon and Berlin. Love for his own portuguese cultural roots, and openness and sensibility for musical encounters gave birth to his exceptional fado style. The Berlin magazine Zitty wrote: »Pires' own individual interpretation of Portuguese soul music progressively grows, bowing down respectfully in front of tradition, yet without shutting out the influences from his life in Berlin.«

Telmo Pires spent three decades in his adopted home Berlin before he decided, in 2010, to continue his musical career in Lisbon, returning to his hometown and the birthplace of fado. It was obviously the right place at the right time. Even though he had never worked in Portugal, he immediately succeeded in making numerous contacts and impressing musicians and colleagues with his personality and talent. One of these musicians, Davide Zaccaria, later went on to become the producer of his album Fado Promessa in 2012, and has been producing Telmo's new album Ser Fado as well.

Zaccaria is one of the country’s most renowned musicians. As a composer, cellist, arranger and musical director he has worked for important musicians and performers, whose fame today has spread far beyond the borders of Portugal. Fado stars such as Mariza, Dulce Pontes, Ana Moura, are among them, as well as the grand seigneur of fado, Carlos do Carmo, only to name a few.

He was enthused not only by Telmo Pires’ voice and talent, but also by his impartial, open style and his courage to treat fado in a very individual way. This is partly because Pires is not 'only' a performer, he is also a composer and lyricist, making him one of the great exceptions among fado singers.

»The popstar among fado-singers!«
Urbanite Berlin, Germany

»Telmo Pires is a magician of his genre and a charismatic appearance on stage.«
Die Welt

»One of the most fascination fado albums, that was given to me in the last times.«
Antena 1, Edgar Canelas, Portugal


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