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Noites nas Sete Colinas

by Sete Colinas

A soulful and moving collection of classic Guitarradas de Fado (instrumentals of Fado, the world-renowned "Portuguese Blues"), interpreted by Helder Carvalheira on Portuguese Guitarra, Manuel Escobar on Spanish Guitar, and Joao Cardadeiro on Acoustic Bass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Recordando Amalia
Helder Carvalheira, Manuel Escobar & Joao Cardadeiro
5:30 album only
2. Evocacao
Helder Carvalheira, Manuel Escobar & Joao Cardadeiro
3:35 album only
3. Variacoes em La
Helder Carvalheira, Manuel Escobar & Joao Cardadeiro
3:36 album only
4. Lisboa ao Entardecer
Helder Carvalheira, Manuel Escobar & Joao Cardadeiro
4:19 album only
5. Cancao do Alcipe / Valsa
Helder Carvalheira, Manuel Escobar & Joao Cardadeiro
4:44 album only
6. Variacoes em Re Menor
Helder Carvalheira, Manuel Escobar & Joao Cardadeiro
3:15 album only
7. Nocturno
Helder Carvalheira, Manuel Escobar & Joao Cardadeiro
3:45 album only
8. Chula
Helder Carvalheira, Manuel Escobar & Joao Cardadeiro
3:30 album only
9. Variacoes em Mi Menor
Helder Carvalheira, Manuel Escobar & Joao Cardadeiro
3:23 album only
10. Seleccoes de Velhos Fados
Helder Carvalheira, Manuel Escobar & Joao Cardadeiro
4:20 album only
11. Balada da Saudade / Capricho
Helder Carvalheira, Manuel Escobar & Joao Cardadeiro
4:41 album only
12. Variacoes em Mi
Helder Carvalheira, Manuel Escobar & Joao Cardadeiro
4:38 album only


Album Notes
The Portuguese Fado is known worldwide as the "Portuguese Blues", the deepest musical expression of the Portuguese people. Recordings of Fados as sung by "Fadistas" are readily available. On the other hand, recordings of "Guitarradas de Fado" (Fado Instrumentals) are not.

Wherever live Fado shows are performed, one of the most anticipated portions of the show is the instrumental set, or the "Guitarradas". This is where the musicians sweat bullets to extract the fastest, most complex passages from their instruments, and contrast them with the sweetest, deepest expressions of their souls that stringed instruments can afford.

These are peak experiences for Portuguese Fado musicians, and they have been deftly captured on the "Noites nas Sete Colinas" CD (the title translates into "Nights on the Seven Hills", referring to Lisbon, which is known as the City of Seven Hills).

After many years of individually honing their musical skills, Helder Carvalheira, Manuel Escobar, and João Cardadeiro first made music together in early 2003. After just a few rehearsals, they played their first Noite de Fados on March 14, 2003. Many more Noites de Fado followed where they refined their collective musicianship and stage performance, as they continue to this day.

In parallel with their live performances, Helder, Manuel, and João appeared as the primary Conjunto de Guitarras on the debut CDs by Jesualda Azevedo and Isalino dos Santos.

Upon completing these projects, they embarked on the recording of "Noites nas Sete Colinas", a collection of Guitarradas de Fado based upon classic Fados and Guitarradas by the Portuguese masters of this fine art form. Beyond simply re-recording classic fados, João Cardadeiro led the group through his all-new arrangements and compilations that grace the CD. The relaxed environment provided by Helder Carvalheira's recording studio, Meia Noite Estudios, allowed for the finest soulful performances to be captured for this project.

However, it is more than simply the Fado that keeps the three musicians together. They have developed a true camaraderie and deep friendship that is conveyed with every performance and recording. After all, music is the expression of one's soul, and Fado is the most profound expression for a Portuguese musician. When the feelings in the Fado environment are deep and true, they are easy to convey to listeners, regardless of language or nationality.

Fado. Guitarradas. The soul of Portugal. Come experience this with "Noites nas Sete Colinas".



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wonderful addition to my fado music library
I have enjoyed fado sung by a variety of artists for some time, but this is the first CD I have of guitar instrumentals. It is a beautiful and soulful addition to my fado library.


Excellent CD
This is one of the best Portuguese guitar music CD ever on the market. I urge people to buy the CD. It is great.


Noites nas Sete colinas
I love this CD. My Portuguese friends living in France enjoy it too. Artists are exceptional. I am not Portuguese but it make me wish to know more about this wonderful country. BRAVO

Agnes Merlo

I bought this CD and played it as background music while my sons did their homework. They were very productive and I had a relaxing night!


Evocative sounds from Portugal
I am enjoying this CD immensely- the true sound of Portugal and I look forward to hearing from group live some day,

Laurinda Sousa

Made me remember my uncle playing la guitarra portuguesa under the grape vine in
This CD brought me back to my childhood when my uncle Frank Morgado would play la guitarra portuguesa under the grape vine that grew over the clothesline in my grandmother's backyard!!! If you have fond memories of fado guitar, this CD will bring you back there in an instant. I am so pleased to make this CD a centerpiece of my Latin music collection.

Anthony Carmen

Moving and emotional.
The music on this CD is beatifully played. I especially love the richness of the acustic fado guitar melodies and how the guitars magically interweave and blend throughout each track. Superb!


Excellent CD
Brings back memories of my days growing up in Portugal.

Charlene Church

This is a great CD. I would recommend it to anyone who already has a Fado collection as well as to those who do not yet have Portuguese Fado in their music library.