Celina da Piedade
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- WOMEX 2016
- WOMEX 2013
- WOMEX 2012
Celina da Piedade fell in love with the accordion in her childhood, and gave her first concert at the age of 6, in Castro Verde (south of Portugal). She studied in the Music Conservatory of Setúbal, where she also teached. She got a degree on Cultural Heritage in the Universidade de Évora and post-graduated in Popular Music Studies in Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In 1998 she started a colaboration with PédeXumbo Association (organizers of the most important folk festival in Portugal, Andanças), where she is the Honorary President nowadays. In 2000 she co-created two musical projects: Uxu Kalhus (where she remained untill 2009) and Modas à Margem do Tempo (collaboration until 2004). In that same year Rodrigo Leão invited her to integrate his ensemble. Since then she played in all the composer’s recordings and concerts. To this partnership she added new ones has Mayra Andrade, Né Ladeiras, Uxia Senlle, Ludovico Einaudi, Daniel Schvetz, Amor Electro, Gaiteiros de Lisboa, António Chainho, Dazkarieh, Viviane, Virgem Suta, Pedro Moutinho, Fernando Alvim, Monte Lunai, Attambur, Donna Maria, Samuel Úria, Kepa Junkera, Homens da Luta, and many others. She participed in more than 40 cd editions, as a musician and composer, and in several soundtracks for cinema, tv, theater and dance.
Her enthusiasm for traditional dance and music made her one of the most prolific musicians in this area in Portugal. She participated in hundreds of balls and folk music workshops. She dedicates herself actively to the study and promotion of Alentejo musical heritage. She’s co-author of the book “I caderno de Dança do Alentejo”, edited by PédeXumbo Association, and a member of Violas Campaniças group.
Her solo album, will feature some of her best compositions with folk and world music arrangements, and will have the participation of Kepa Junkera, Efren Lopez, Kelly Thoma, Rodrigo Leão, Uxia...
REVIEW in fRoots nov2012
<<Not realising this was a double album I put the second CD on first, and it's an impressive opening - deep hand-drumming and bell-chimes leading into and forming the sole accompaniment to Celina da Piedade's calm, (on this track) fado-like, vocal. This isn't in any way a fado album though; she's noted button-accordeonist from southern Portugal deeply involved in the folk songs and dance music of Alentejo, and her material ranges widely, vocally and intrumentally, through her own and traditional material.
Track two brings in her accordeon in light-touched waltz instrumental accompanied by piano and brushed drumkit. Another texture change into chuffy flutes, pandeireta and bombo in a pair of corridinhos with tongue-twisty group vocals as a trio with Gaiteiros de Lisboa' Carlos Guerreiro and José Manuel David. Another elegant fado-style vocal accompanied by harp and rich dark cello, then over piano, limpid accordeon and unexpected, nicely-judged musical saw it's the winning traditional slow-mazurca song "A Lira", with intro by Kelly Thoma's Cretan lyra. A couple more accordeon-led instrumentals, a liltingly attractive song joined by soprano sax, rolling accordeon, drum and steam-organish instrumental to close.
There you go...this one works fine on its own and have stood well as a single CD. But oh, tucked in the other flap, instead of the expected booklet, is another CD in fact CD1. With this being her first solo album after so much work as a founder-member of the band Uxu Kalhus and with Rodrigo Leão and others, Celina had presumably built up more than a CD's-worth of stuff to record and get out there, and a large cast of people she wanted to play with.>> Andrew Cronshaw fRoots Nov2012