Júlio Resende

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Júlio Resende is one of the most international Portuguese musicians, with eight albums already released.

His career began in Jazz, passed through Fado and recently came to Pop-Rock, in a continuous and never-ending search for the perfect place that doesn’t exist.

After recording his first three projects in a Jazz Trio and Quartet (“Da Alma” – 2007, “Assim Falava Jazzatustra” – 2009, “You Taste Like a Song” – 2011), he decided to improvise on other musical genres, like Fado, mixing tradition with modernity and launching, from his piano, a new look over the traditional Portuguese song.

Based on some of the most popular themes of Amália Rodrigues – “the Diva of Fado” – Júlio Resende presents some new challenges: to bring Fado to the piano; to sing the melodies with the piano instead of just accompanying them; to express everything that Fado means with the piano.

“Amália by Júlio Resende”, edited in 2013 by Valentim de Carvalho, was unanimously acclaimed by all Portuguese music critics and received CHOC DISC ***** 5 Stars by the prestigious French magazine CLASSICA, which classifies the best musicians and instrumentalists in the world.

As a talented and creative improviser, Júlio goes further and risks a(n) (im)possible duet with Amália, serving the Diva’s voice with his piano on the theme “Medo”. Fifteen years after the disappearance of Amália Rodrigues, Júlio Resende convinces Valentim de Carvalho (Amália’s editor) and, for the first time in history, a musician is allowed to play with the voice of the Diva.

Following his first solo project with Fado and Jazz, Júlio Resende released his fifth album, “Fado & Further”, in 2015, with the participation of Sílvia Pérez Cruz, one of the most outstanding Spanish female singers.

His sixth album opens the challenge for a new paradigm: word and poetry, in a happy match with the Psychiatrist and Sexologist Júlio Machado Vaz. “Poesia Homónima” (2016) is proof that art has no barriers and opens the way for a new relationship between the pianist and poetry. These are poems by Eugénio de Andrade and Gonçalo M. Tavares, in the unmistakable voice of Júlio Machado Vaz, accompanied by the improvisation of Júlio Resende’s piano.

In 2017, Júlio Resende released one probably the most daring and divergent of all his creations. From the English poetry of Fernando Pessoa, he creates a pop-rock band with influences of indie and electronic music to which he gives the name of Alexander Search, one of the most essential heteronyms of Pessoa who wrote almost exclusively in the English language. The album, released in June, went directly to the third position of the national top-selling, demonstrating it was a winning bet. “Cinderella Cyborg”, released in 2018, is a musical adventure, an assumed relationship between man and machine, between the acoustic of the piano, the drums and the double bass, and the electronic sounds of the pads and chips.

In December 2019, the pianists Júlio Resende and Maria João Pires performed together in a unique show in which the creative spirits of both artists converged. They sought to create a new “concert recipe” whose unique character experiences promote unparalleled moments in a musical dialogue. Improvisation, fantasy, and inspiration – essential elements in the pianists’ performance – gave way to a concert unique in its kind.

2020 was the year in which Júlio Resende released the album “Júlio Resende – Fado Jazz Ensemble”. This unique Jazz and World Music project synthesises a creative vision of a dialogue between Jazz and Fado. The instrumental ensemble comprises a jazz triopiano, double bass and drums – and the distinctive Portuguese guitar that gives a unique character to the show.

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