After the success of the album “Amália por Júlio Resende”, the pianist returns to honor the fado singer, this time in an Open Letter in the form of a concert, in the year of Amália Rodrigues’ centenary. And taking into account that it is a missive directed by Júlio Resende himself, nothing better than to keep some of these words from the pianist to Amália:
I hope and wish you are well. It is certain that you still live. Why do you ask? Now, the answer is simple. Because no one has forgotten you yet, dear Amalia. Have you seen how many times we like to say your name or listen to your voice, whether in the streets of Chiado selling discs or selling fish that with great effort went to sea, whether at home, closed, and dreaming sing like that? Oh my God, if some women could sing like that, they would kill. Oh my God, and men, these, still struggle to show that Fado is not only feminine as you were.
But Amália, I don’t want to be ‘amalian’. Forgive me!
I think the best way to respect you is to disturb public peace. Because you never wanted to follow musical orders, or keep everything the same. And so it is for me too, my dear. So Amália, I’m here to assault your songs, pick them up like stones on the beach and throw them into the sea, and amaze me, amaze me a lot by counting the number of ricochets that the stone makes until it sinks there to the bottom, finally. And is there anything more beautiful there? Ask those who have already thrown rocks into the sea. I have been a disturber of the order and, believe me, very inspired by you, by your ability to say “No, I do not want to do what 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, Amália. I am different every day, whether I compose a song or do a solo on the piano. Nothing is ever finished for me and, more important than the construction of my sandcastle, is the fun of making it dilute in the end, even if it is by the force of the sea or my hands, nothing better than seeing the tower and the patio collapses, and to think, in front of the pile of sand, we are going to make a different castle this time. So I say to you: Thank you very much, Amália, for inspiring me to make sandcastles and keep me a child. How nice! Because here the children still know your name. A century later. Children still know your name here. Here, in your land, the children still know your name! Nobody forgot you, Amalia! I hope you continue well.
A kiss from your friend, who you never met,
Júlio Resende ”
The pianist’s passion for Amália will be shared with everyone, on October 1 (World Music Day), at Teatro das Figuras.
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