Guitarras ao Alto, which this year is played by guitarists Bruno Pernadas and Mário Delgado, kicks off today in Crato with a show at Pousada Flor da Rosa, followed by other locations in the Alentejo.
After Crato, the musicians perform in Estremoz (on Saturday), Avis (May 31) and Beira-Marvão (June 01).
In the 5th edition, the organization made the challenge to Bruno Pernadas, who decided to invite Mário Delgado to make a look with them. “We tried each edition to have a different musical concept and this will be more jazz, but with Bruno and Mario it’s not clear where you can go,” said the initiative’s mentor Vasco Durão in March at the press conference of presentation of this edition, in Lisbon.
The musicians will present “original content on stages that intend to value Alentejo heritage,” in places such as “cloisters, churches, and disused train stations.”
For Bruno Pernadas, this challenge combines a “very old desire, to have a duo”, and “being able to play in the Alentejo” with a musician who considers “inspiring”.
Mário Delgado confessed to being “surprised” by the call of Bruno Pernadas to challenge him to make a double since the two did not know each other.
“I knew his music and when I heard it he made me snap my head because it plays very different music,” he shared.
The fact that both are not just jazz musicians has been, said Mário Delgado, “one of the most difficult things – a good difficulty” in defining a repertoire for the concerts. “We like a lot of different things, we can embrace many styles,” he said.
The Guitarras ao Alto Festival was first held in 2014. In this edition participated Tó Trips and Son of the Mother. In the following years, the initiative had partnerships between Norberto Lobo and Luis José Martins (2016), Frankie Chavez and Fish (2017) and Francisca Courtesy and Mariana Ricardo (2018).