Trova Caminhada

Rafael Fraga

TTK 0014

The new album by Portuguese singer, guitarist and composer Rafael Fraga comprises 14 original songs performed by the Rafael Fraga Quartet with strings. “Trova Caminhada”  is a unique blend of Fado, Bossanova, Worldmusic and Jazz, served by a warm voice and sophisticated compositions.

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About the album

The new album by Portuguese singer, guitarist and composer Rafael Fraga comprises 14 original songs performed by the Rafael Fraga Quartet with strings. “Trova Caminhada”  is a unique blend of Fado, Bossanova, Worldmusic and Jazz, served by a warm voice and sophisticated compositions.

The word “Trova” carries different meanings – sometimes music, others poetry, from the European Middle ages to Contemporary Cuban music. For me, it evokes the capacity to express something powerful, authentic and meaningful: a cry that puts things in motion – the “Caminhada”, which literally means “walking”, or, even better “outing”.

This “Trova Caminhada” departs from sinuous road, filled with memories, pain and joyful celebration. It puts in perspective my adulthood, in more than 15 years of songwriting, as “Plano Secreto” was written in 1999 and “A Ginga da Morna” in 2016, and the remaining songs written in between.

Until now, I made a career as guitarist and arranger; this album is a personal landmark, in which I fully embrace the role of vocalist.

I appreciate the spontaneity in Portuguese culture, as well as the omnipresence of music in social gatherings; people get together, sing and play. I envisioned this album to retain that informal character by just bringing the musicians together and recording the result. This album is fully made under this spirit of spontaneity and gathering, in which we tried to keep as much of the “live” feel as possible – acknowledging the occasional leakages or noises that result from our proximity to each other, etc.

For me, writing is a lonely process. Sometimes it’s just a melody fragment that pops up from nowhere; others melody and lyrics seem to summon from the guitar strings. I analyse and rethink the texts word by word, trying to extract from them all the nuances. I write as a need, hoping that my writings light up a sparkle in someone.

The eremitic songwriter finding joy in a standing ovation is a paradox expressed in “Poeta Equilibrista”, opening song of this album. It sets the mood for a path of self-discovery, embracing desires and contradictions – the spice of life.

Tracklist

  1. Poeta Equilibrista Rafael Fraga 03:46
  2. Espero Rafael Fraga 03:27
  3. Terra Presa Rafael Fraga 03:34
  4. E O Meu Corpo Vai Tombado Rafael Fraga 04:14
  5. Ginga da Morna Rafael Fraga 03:14
  6. Está na Hora de Voltar Rafael Fraga 05:38
  7. Plano Secreto Rafael Fraga 04:30
  8. Rola a Bola Rafael Fraga 03:15
  9. Sábio entre Sábios Rafael Fraga 05:40
  10. Cartas, Lábios e Lágrimas Rafael Fraga 04:28
  11. Sempre que o Sol se Acabe Rafael Fraga 04:36
  12. Trova Caminhada Rafael Fraga 03:56
  13. Já Lá Vão Rafael Fraga 08:20

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“[Rafael’s] buttery smooth but clear voice was recorded very truthfully. The three-dimensionality and lifelikeness of the recording without any digital artefacts raises all sorts of new standards. A masterpiece!” ★★★★★

Matthias Böde, STEREO (Audiophile Highlight of the Month)

“A great album that allows you to escape from the big world, into the small, intimate world of the Portuguese master.” ★★★★★

Mateusz Krepski, Multikulti Project

“There is a seamless, seductive quality to this recording, enhanced by Brendon Heinst’s expert engineering, that draws the listener in, for a closer music – and deeper emotional – encounter.”

Mark Werlin, All About Jazz

Artist(s)

Aki Spadaro
Efraim Schulz-Wackerbarth
Marko Bonarius
Rafael Fraga

Composer(s)

Rafael Fraga

Genre(s)

Jazz – Vocal

Label

TRPTK

Recording resolution

PCM 352.8 kHz 32 bits

Recording date(s)

4 – 6 July 2017

Recording location

MCO Studio 2
Hilversum, The Netherlands

Recording engineer

Brendon Heinst

Mastering engineer

Brendon Heinst

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