Rodrigo Leão has a singular and extremely rich career connected to some of the most important moments of the Portuguese music scene post 1980. Rodrigo sees it almost as a book or a film with different chapters, but always connected. He explains that his ways never really changed and that some things remain the same: “even at the beginning of Sétima Legião I was doing things that I still repeat today”, he explains to reinforce the idea of the continuity that his music bears.
Now there`s a new chapter in the never ending story of Rodrigo Leão`s career. It`s called “ A Mãe” and it`s an ambitious work with the contribution of such artists as Divine Comedy´s Neil Hannon, Thindersticks` Stuart A. Staples or Melingo, the great ambassador of Argentina´s new tango. “The new songs”, Rodrigo explains,” were written on the move, with different windows opened to the world and that allowed me to explore different emotions, different look.” “Although there are some more joyful songs, this is a record that I made turned to myself, to the inside.” The new record features songs that were written in such places as United States, Italy or India: “I recorded street sounds, children playing, birds singing. And sometimes even with my mobile phone”, he says. The Cinema Ensemble still counts with Celina da Piedade, Ana Vieira, Vivíena Tupikova, Marco Pereira, Bruno Silva, Luís Aires e Luís San Payo an unbeatable team both on the studio and on the stage. In 2009, Rodrigo is still writing his own history with the music he plays that sounds almost magical.
He is truly a unique composer!