ARGVS is the new work of Luisa Amaro which reaffirms the original, fascinating universe of the voice of Portuguese guitar.  
Inspired by classical Mediterranean emotions, the composer is now making an historical u-turn in the destiny of Portuguese identity. The traditional “Atlantic calling” of Lusitanian evolution no longer makes sense. Luisa interweaves Greek-Roman lyricism with her legacy of cultures and emotions, and explores the world of the Mediterranean, using sounds to create memories repeated in time and the meaning of the essence of being.
She confirms the unique personality of the Portuguese guitar, composing whispered and merely suggested dialogues, lending it a singular sentimental story of emotions lived. Like Argus, who was blind and ill, and cheated the end as he waited in the hope that Ulysses would return, the composer prolongs the melody with clear sounds or with soft tones, using different harmonies and completely breaking from the formal tradition of guitar playing: without calloused fingers, it is the sentimentalised chords that express the free and unique affections of a time without time or gender. 
This series of melodies returns to a journey with a certain purpose, in an abstract time, in a Mediterranean sea where the foam of the waves is created in the forms of the Greek Epic imagination: it is an anxiously waiting warhorse, an enduring time consolidated in serenity and inconsistent in its impatience to return - a sign of the belonging of space and being. In the distance, from very close by, in the sound we see Penelope secretly shattering destiny in imaginary silhouettes: what the guitar does is repeated by the piano and announced by the bass clarinet - allowing a permanent and constant arrival.
It is really the consolidation of an idea set into action and now in progress, demanding the best of the Euro-African cultures in the contribution of a harmonious music of emotions which are captivating because they are created in an innovative way from the traditional symbolism of the Portuguese guitar.  
The breaking of the waves can be heard in barely perceptible murmurs on the limited, defined shores of the Mediterranean  – one moment it is a lullaby to help children sleep, like “Cacilda”, and then it is a slow lament of the charmed passing of time, like “Desideri”.
“Xácara” exalts complex, relational love, of a caring without knowing needed from the body to express itself in movements; the melody of “Triantafylleni” represents the fantasies of the Italian Renaissance in the serenade: in the frame of a window open to the infinite, the young woman bends to the physical touch of the song.
The culmination of the journey comes with “Cardaes”, which expresses the universal nature of interweaving religious and profane feelings, found coincidentally in the classical geography of the South. 
The voice of Kyriacoula Constantinou is in full form in this enchanting melody led by the authentic guitar of Luisa Amaro for our extraordinary listening delight, creating a curious and original world -  a whole chrysalis suspended in its meeting with beauty.
 
Gabriela Carvalho
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I would like to say briefly that in the distance of time, I see myself with music in one hand and the affectionate hand of my mother in the other, a secure, confident and happy child.
Gabriel García Márquez said that “Life is not what one has lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it”. Perhaps that is true.
Perhaps that is what has led me to talk about my childhood as an explanation of my life: more than what I have experienced, the way I have experienced it is important – and it is in my childhood, my family and in the values I grew up with that are found the characteristics and strengths that define me and allow me to look at life with my heart.
I chose to be a musician without thinking about my choice. And I discovered a very demanding vocation that I have always honoured.
Through all of these years of difficult balance, I have managed to continue playing and composing...
I love playing music and have never done anything else all of my life. I believe that life without dreams is no life, is nothing at all: we all have to dream to create something new.
Though my mother’s hand has stayed in my memory – a soft, sweet memory - the real and vital force now comes from the hand of Luís, my companion in good times and bad, my friends, the great family that helps me to grow, to be and to continue the journey, “my Odyssey”, in which the Portuguese guitar tells stories only she knows how to tell and is the sailing ship that glides through this eternal sea of stories and legends...
 
I would like to thank:
In the name of all of my childhood friends, Paula Raposo, Rosarinho Marques and Paula Souto. In the name of the friends I made during my adolescence, Ana Teresa Bourbon. In the name of my University friends, Ana Maria Pereira Pinto, Isabel Carvalho and José Luís Seixas. In the name of those who came later, “this great family”, Francisca Mota and Ana Júlia Marinho. In the name of my Facebook friends, Olinda Rafael and Maria do Carmo Abreu. Carlos Paredes, Jorge Gomes, Alexandre Bateiras, Maria Amélia Abreu and José Lopes e Silva. The brothers Luís and Eduardo Barreiros, Rosalina Machado, Henrique Granadeiro, Graça Sá-Fernandes, Melody Gardot, Gabriela Carvalho, Victor de Sousa and Paulo Vieira.
And finally my parents, my brother and Luís, the essential pillars of my life who have helped me to get to where I am today, fulfilling the life I have chosen.
My heart-felt thanks goes to the musicians who have helped me on this “odyssey”: Gonçalo Lopes, António Eustáquio, Kyriacoula Constantinou and Enrico Bindocci, as well as Nelson Carvalho and Luís Nazaré Gomes. Special thanks go to Inês Correia de Matos, Beatriz Sampedro, Filipe Wellington and Paula Souto (photography). Thanks to Pedro and Lourdes Carvalho (Vídeo), Pedro Bacelar and João Pedro Cochofel. My gratitude goes to the Convent of Cardaes.
 
 
Luisa Amaro
 
 
Composition: Luisa Amaro
Musicians: 
Luisa Amaro: portuguese guitar 
Gonçalo Lopes: clarinets  
Enrico Bindocci: piano and harmonium
Kyriacoula Constantinou: vocals
Special participation: António Eustáquio, guitolão
Arrangements for piano and vocals: Enrico Bindocci
Publication and production: Althum.com
Publisher and producer: Luís Nazaré Gomes
Recording: Nelson Carvalho, at estúdios Atlântico
Recording assistants: Rodrigo Balona e Zé Maria Sobral
Mixing and mastering: Nelson de Carvalho, at estúdios Valentim de Carvalho
Photography: Beatriz Sampedro, Filipe Wellington, Inês Correia de Matos, Paula Souto
Graphics: Pedro Bacelar Cerqueira
Image Editing: João Pedro Cochofel
Translations: Maria do Carmo Abreu, Rossana Fiorella e Bettina Myers
Editing: Frederico Carvalho
Graphic Production: Althum.com, Edições Especiais, Lda.
Luisa Amaro
Argvs
Luisa Amaro
portuguese guitar,
composition
Gonçalo Lopes
clarinets
Kyriacoula Constantinou
vocals
Enrico Bindocci
piano
António Eustáquio, guitolão
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