Custódio Castelo is the world's leading player of the Portuguese FADO Guitar, the instrument that helps give Fado music, Portugal Intangible World Heritage. But he's more than a great musician, he's also a remarkable composer, as this NEW album INVENTUS of original work, shows. He's accompanied all the great modern fadistas, but this is an instrumental disc where his talents have real chance to shine. His writing evokes places and moods. He's a very evocative player, and in INVENTUS, Custódio Castelo flashes his virtuosism. His unique portuguese guitar, handmade in an oak root by master Oscar Cardoso, is capable of fine nuances of emotion, and he uses them well, especially for melancholy, but also for a sense of jubilation. It's a remarkable record, eloquent, sophisticated, contemporary, and yet ineffably rooted in Portugal.
A work from a true master.