Fado singer Miguel Xavier presents his debut album on Monday at the Villaret Theater in Lisbon, where he recorded three poems by Alexandre O’Neil, among other authors, and rescued themes from the repertoires of Camané, Max and Carlos Ramos.
Alexandre O’Neil recorded “Sonnet Engel” and “O Tejo Corre no Tejo”, recorded by Filipe Teixeira, and “A Carnival”, in a composition by Luís Figueiredo.
“The feeling, the way each fadista sings, with each one of its particularities” was what motivated Miguel Xavier to fado, who listens “from the very beginning” and already “shivers”, even “without understanding certain words.”
The album, which counts on the back cover with a ripped praise from Camané, is the result of about five years of career, singing in different spaces.
Camané affirms that “all the truths that the fadistas learn to feel and to sing are reunited in this first disc of Miguel Xavier, born in Guimarães [in Minho] and that became fadista”.
Miguel Xavier, 23, is considered “a traditional fadista, who has the pleasure of looking at the tradition and seeking to perceive the fadistas in his time”.
Regarding Camané’s statements about his work, Miguel Xavier said that he increases his responsibility and creates expectations, which he is afraid of gore.
Among his fado references, he quoted as “máximas” Amália Rodrigues and Alfredo Marceneiro, and also Alcino de Carvalho, António Mourão, Manuel de Almeida and António Rocha.
From the repertoire of other fadistas, he recreates in this CD “Fadista Louco” (Domingos Gonçalves Costa / Fado Corrido), a creation by António Mourão, “Fui de Viela em Viela” (Guilherme Pereira da Rosa / Fado Cravo by Alfredo Marceneiro) (Max / Fado Varela, by Renato Varela), a creation by Max, and “Said you Goodbye” (Manuela de Freitas / Raul Pinto), from Camané.
Among the unpublished works, in addition to O’Neil’s poems (1924-1986), Miguel Xavier recorded “Mouraria, Mouraria” by Armando Costa dos Santos, who plays Júlio Proença’s Fado Proença, “No de Nós” by Marco Oliveira, in a composition by Miguel Amaral, who also sang “Fado Vivido”, a poem by Manuela de Freitas, “Amor e Saudade” by António Torre da Guia, recorded in a tune by André Teixeira, or “Na Distancia de Teus Passos” , by Marla Amastor, musicado by Miguel Amaral.
“The construction of this CD was in the sense that a person listening to, recognizing as soon as I was I was my identity, but always with a look at tradition, into the past, and in this sense came the idea of creating new fados with a traditional structure, for poems in blocks, quintils, sextilhas, “Miguel Xavier told, who highlighted the talent of Miguel Amaral, who is also the producer and artistic director, and André Teixeira, in this chapter.
Another composer who “made a traditional fado” is Mário Laginha, who sings the melody of “Graças de Lisboa”, a poem by António Vilar da Costa (1921-1988).
For the fadista “it is a mistake to neglect the past and everything that the fadistas did during a century”.
“I think it’s a huge mistake to forget all that has been done to create new things, of course, you have to create new things, but without ever forgetting what was done, this is a big mistake for me,” he argued.
Miguel Xavier is accompanied by the musicians Miguel Amaral, on the Portuguese guitar, André Teixeira, on the guitar, and Filipe Teixeira, on the double bass, on this CD and on the stage of Fontes Pereira de Melo Avenue in Lisbon.
In the show at Villaret, staged by Nuno Carinhas, Miguel Xavier besides the themes of the album, will sing others such as “Quatro Estações” (David Mourão-Ferreira / Fado Rosita, by Joaquim Campos), the repertoire of Maria do Rosário Bettencourt, or “O Pagem” (Henrique Rego / Marceneiro), creation of Handyman.