Today to celebrate the world music day, the Teatro das Figuras brought to us the Portuguese pianist Júlio Resende.
After the success of the album "Amália por Júlio Resende", the pianist pays a tribute to the fado singer, this time in an Open Letter in the form of a concert, in the year of Amália Rodrigues' centenary. And considering that this is a composition directed by Júlio Resende himself, there is nothing better than to keep some of those words from the pianist to Amália:
I hope and wish you are well. It is certain that you still live. Why, you ask? Well, that's a simple answer. Because no one has forgotten you yet, dear Amalia. Have you seen how often we like to say your name or listen to your voice, whether it's on the streets of Chiado selling records like the fish that went to sea with great effort, or at home, closed, and dreaming of singing like that? Oh my God, some women would kill if they could sing like that. Oh my God, and the men, these, still struggle to show that Fado is not only feminine like you were.
But Amalia, I don't want to be 'Amalian'. Forgive me!
I think the best way to respect you is to disturb the public peace. Because you never wanted to follow musical orders, nor keep everything the same. And so it is for me too, my dear. That's why, Amalia, I'm here to rob your songs, to take them like rocks on the beach and throw them into the sea, and to be amazed, to be amazed to count the number of ricochets that the rock makes until it finally sinks to the bottom. And is there anything more beautiful there? Ask those who have thrown stones into the sea. I have been a troublemaker of order and, believe me, very inspired by you, by your ability to say "No, I don't want to do the same thing that has been done or is done. I want to embroider my music and my life the way I am". And I am that, an improviser, Amalia. I'm different every day, whether I write a song or do a solo on the piano. Nothing is ever finished for me and, more important than the construction of my sand castle, is the fun of having it diluted in the end, even if it's by the force of the sea or my hands, nothing better than seeing the tower and the courtyard collapse, and thinking, in front of the pile of sand, let's make a different castle this time. So I tell you: Thank you very much Amalia, for inspiring me to make sand castles and keep me a child. How nice! Because here the children still know your name. A century later. Here the children still know your name. Here, in your land, the children still know your name! Nobody has forgotten you, Amalia! I hope you are still well.
A kiss from this friend of yours, whom you never met,
The concert produced by Fado in a Box, will last 75 minutes, and tickets are still available here.
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