Maria Berasarte reminds us that singing is, first and foremost, a desire, and that no identity is closed to other influences. As a Spanish, she made a breakthrough by chosing to sing fado in her mother tongue.
Along with guitarist José Peixoto (former member of Madredeus), she re-arranged fados based on poems translated into Spanish by Tiago Torres da Silva, great Portuguese poet and friend of Amalia Rodrigues. The result of this collaboration was a first disc, "Todas las horas son viejas", released in Spain.
Six years after, Maria Berasarte welcomes acclaimed flamenco player José Luis Monton, and adds all the folklores of the Iberian peninsula into her repertoire, from Spanish popular songs, basque to flamenco tunes. The outcome is "Aguaenlaboca", recorded between San Sebastian, Lisbon and Paris, released in France in February 2014 on Accords Croisés Label. "Aguaenlaboca" is a both simple and very daring, cutting-edge piece, challenging the traditional conceptions of fado and flamenco, and the usual moods associated to Portuguese and Spanish languages. Her work shows us that Spanish language do conveys saudade too, and that not all fado themes are melancholic. The drama, passion and poetry of fado and flamenco divas, as well as the precision of a lyrical singer, are supported by the subtle chords of the duet Monton/Peixoto, and the delicate rhythmic section of Judice/Tejerina (acoustic bass / percussions). Maria Berasarte presents a journey beyond fado, through a truly Iberian music.
María Berasarte : vocals
José Peixoto : guitar
Carlos Bica : doublebass
Filipe Raposo : accordion
Guillermo McGill : tinaja, shaker
Collection VOX POPULI
CD - AC 155 - 2014