TRAVELS IN MY HOMELAND
As a result of a research work developed in her PhD, pianist Joana Gama is now releasing the album Travels in my Homeland by Grand Piano Records, with the cycles Viagens na Minha Terra by Fernando Lopes-Graça and Lume de chão by Amílcar Vasques-Dias. Fernando Lopes-Graça (19061994) and Amílcar Vasques-Dias (b. 1945) are linked in their musical reflections on Portuguese identity, but at widely differing points in that countrys history. Lopes-Graça transformed traditional songs into poetic and hard-edged statements, helping to create a national collective spirit that would not be bowed by dictatorship. Vasques-Diass approach to folk culture is based on more personal feelings and emotions, recalling the countryside of his childhood and its landscapes today.