Rota das Afinidades’ can be interpreted as a platform for arrivals and departures, a space of intertwining
memories experienced through a Pandora’s Box that opens and releases 16 new compositions such as “Rota das
Afinidades [routes of affinity]”, the song that gives the album its name, “Nómadas Ocultos [hidden nomads]”,
“Cais do Desassossego [dock of restlessness]”, “Orfandade [orphanhood]”, among many others, which unravel
the “thread” of emotions in the souls of those who hear them.
Since the release of the first CD ‘Teias de Seda’ [silk nets] at the end of 2014, Caixa de Pandora [pandora’s box]
have performed on innumerable stages, both in Portugal, such as, the Fundação Oriente [oriental foundation],
TEDx 2015 as guest performers, and the Palácio da Bolsa [stock exchange palace], and abroad, with a wide
range of appearances in Festivals and Cultural Centres.
Affinities grew and the routes extended to include appearances
and concerts in the East, namely in India and China. In
India through experiences with some major cultural figures
from this region, Gulraj Singh and Manoj Yadav, they collaboratively
composed and interpreted pieces for both the Hindi
market and Caixa de Pandora’s repertoire. As a result of this
collaboration, the track ‘Mann Marzi Mauji’ will shortly be released.
In China, a meeting with Joe Lei – a producer, lyricist
and composer based in Hong Kong, has resulted in various
partnerships with traditional singers and instrumentalists, notably
Kit Lam, Michele Ng and Wong Kin Wai, and which gave
rise to the piece ‘House of the Swallows’, as well as various
concerts scheduled for 2016.
‘Rota das Afinidades’ announces the artistic consolidation of
the trio and unquestionably reflects the close understanding
of its members.
“(…) Caixa de Pandora reveal themselves when they play, and touch those who hear them.”
Nuno Pacheco in Público
“(…) three excellent musicians, two girls and a guy - Caixa de Pandora. They play really well, bursting with
talent! I’ve got an album here that’s well worth a listen. They’re basically virtuosos.”
Jorge Palma in DN