Neste novo álbum – “Smooth”, a artista MTV assume a composição da maioria dos temas, deixa por momentos o seu Fado, troca a Guitarra Portuguesa pelas Guitarras Eléctricas e revela uma outra faceta até agora desconhecida do público.
O resultado, surpreendente, é um disco que a eleva a um novo patamar como uma das mais prodigiosas e singulares artistas portuguesas.
Abordando linguagens musicais tão diferentes como o Jazz, o Country e até mesmo o Pop/Rock, Maria Ana Bobone consegue ainda manter nalguns temas o imaginário poético do Fado, mesmo em inglês, através das letras de Rodrigo Serrão, produtor com quem mantém desde “Fado & Piano” uma das mais bem sucessivas parcerias da música nacional.
“Smooth” é definitivamente um álbum singular, quer pela qualidade atingida quer pela toada positiva que assume como inspiração para uma causa global – a luta contra a Leucemia.
Innovative project in which Maria Ana Bobone accompanies herself on the piano, composes her own songs and arrangements and gives a different colour to the fados she interprets. Picking up a long lost tradition (in the beginning of the 20thcentury fado was also accompanied on the Piano, giving place later on to the Portuguese Guitar, Classical Guitar and Acoustic Bass), this project carefully serves the Portuguese music (fado and traditional songs), giving it a softer and pleasant atmosphere, and an extended sense of space and harmony. All arrangements and technical details were cautiously conceived with the help of producer Rodrigo Serrão, to bring forth the uniqueness of Fado, with all its intention and emotion, dressing it with a simple, but very appealing aesthetic, unfolding a new and original route.
The ensemble includes Piano, Portuguese Guitar and Double Bass, and benefits from the support of some of the most recognized musicians in this area. Amongst the composers and poets are names as the acknowledged Pedro Caldeira Cabral (guitarist and composer) who graciously lent some of his “Baladas” to be adapted, and Fernando Pinto do Amaral (prize winning poet and academic authority) who contributed with his talent for some of the lyrics both in Portuguese and English.
Nome de Mar is an exploration of Maria Ana's musical preferences, form traditional fado to more contemporary music, from religious songs to vocal music, all bonded in a unique project.
Recorded in the magic environment of a church in the heart of Lisbon, the songs echo from ancient tradition directly into our hearts.
The poem by Manuel Alegre "Meu Nome é Nome de Mar", written especially for Maria Ana Bobone, was the motto and inspiring force of this amazing compilation of diverse styles, all brought together by her crystal clear voice and a superior musical ensemble: Ricardo Rocha (Portuguese Guitar), Carlos Manuel Proença (Viola de Fado), Marino de Freitas (Acoustic Base) and João Paulo Esteves da Silva (Piano).
Invited Singers: Filipa Pais, Vozes Privadas and Tetvocal.
"Senhora da Lapa" is a truely elegant collaboration between Maria Ana Bobone, Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva, Ricardo and special guest, Peter Epstein. The recording was completed over a period of 14 months.
This album was recorded in one of Lisbon's most amazing and beautiful grand Gothic Cathedrals. Catholic Church authorities requested that the location not be revealed and hence is not specified on the cover or liner notes.
Luz Destino, a unique project developed by composer/keyboard player João Paulo and portuguese guitar player Ricardo Rocha, puts the traditional Fado song of Lisbon (sung by Maria Ana) in Baroque style. Additionally, there are some exceptional, original pieces by both Ricardo and João Paulo. Traditional instruments in a markedly modern setting, recorded in a centuries old cathedral in Lisbon. This album gained immediate recognition in Portugal, having been among the 4 albums nominated in 1996 for the prestigious, national Globus Oro Award.