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On The Foundation by Ricardo Alves Pereira 

“The album includes 25 works of progressive difficulty level, containing the foundations of classical guitar technique and musicality. In parallel with this richness already rooted in music, Ricardo Alves Pereira presents each piece with a new title to share an additional message built around the idea that a solid foundation is not only through intellectual tools, but also through human experience.”

“O album inclui 25 obras de nível de dificuldade progressiva, contendo as fundações da técnica e musicalidade da guitarra clássica. Paralelamente a esta riqueza já enraizada na música, Ricardo Alves Pereira apresenta cada peça com um novo título para partilhar uma mensagem adicional construída em torno da ideia de que uma base sólida não passa apenas por ferramentas intelectuais, mas também pela experiência humana.”

 

Rádio e Televisão de Portugal

Documentary soundtrack

The Wandering Bard soundtracks national television documentary “Galegos d’Ouro”

Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) is the public service broadcasting organisation of Portugal that operates four national television channels and three national radio stations. For their culture channel, in a documentary that focuses on the Galician people living in the World Heritage Douro region of Portugal, The Wandering Bard has been asked to arrange and perform the music that represents the vast landscapes, hard life conditions and unity of Celtic, Galician and Portuguese cultures.

— released on 20th April 2022

Jornal de Leiria

Album news

On Leyriath: The Song of Lumino: Vihuela Works by L.Narvaez&A.Mudarra by The Wandering Bard

“On the album, the music intersects with texts inspired by the Manuscripts of Leyriath, another creation of the TWB Ensemble, an imaginary universe that, according to Ricardo Alves Pereira, is inspired by historical and geographical research, ancestral knowledge and existing legends and myths of the region of Leiria and surroundings…

The path of TWB Ensemble (The Wandering Bard) began with the desire to follow in the footsteps of the bards of yore and bring back to the stage the tradition of the medieval troubadour through the narration of stories during the performance, and today the group presents itself as a specialist in Early music and historical interpretation.”

 — Cláudio Garcia, Jornal de Leiria newspaper, on 11th April 2022

“No disco, a música cruza-se com textos inspirados nos Manuscritos de Leyriath, outra criação do TWB Ensemble, um universo imaginário que, segundo Ricardo Alves Pereira, se inspira em investigação histórica e geográfica, no conhecimento ancestral e nas lendas e mitos existentes na região de Leiria e arredores…

O caminho do TWB Ensemble (The Wandering Bard) começou com o desejo de seguir as pegadas dos bardos de outrora e recuperar para o palco a tradição de trovador medieval através da narração de histórias durante o espectáculo e hoje o grupo apresenta-se como especialista em música erudita antiga e interpretação histórica.”

 

RTP2

Album presentation

On Rooted (Irish Folk Tunes) by Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira:

Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira explores the territories of the Celtic musical tradition in “Rooted, Irish Folk Tunes”, released in 2021 in the CordaSonora catalog. Rooted‘s ambition is to contribute to the inexhaustible vigor of the Celtic repertoire, in its many forms and in countless styles. The album contains more than thirty melodies, some traditional and some original, illuminated by this tradition.” 

Inês Almeida, Antena 2 radio, “Raízes” program, Ep. 15, on 21st Jan. 2022

Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira a desbravar os territórios da tradição musical celta em “Rooted, Irish Folk Tunes”, lançado em 2021 no catálogo CordaSonora. A ambição de Rooted é contribuir para o vigor inesgotável do repertório celta, nas suas muitas formas e nos inúmeros estilos. O álbum contém mais de trinta melodias, umas tradicionais e outras originais, iluminadas por essa tradição.”

Regiao de Leiria

Album news

Songs by Alfonso X and mythical stories from Leiria together on an record

“This songbook (Cantigas de Santa Maria) signed by the King of Castile and Leon, Alfonso X, has survived until today, has become famous and gains new life in an album just released by TWB Ensemble, an early music group that brings together the guitarist and researcher from Leiria Ricardo Alves Pereira and the performer and writer Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira.” 

Manuel Leiria, Região de Leiria newspaper, on 7th August 2021

Cantigas de Alfonso X e histórias míticas de Leiria juntas em disco

“Esse cancioneiro (Cantigas de Santa Maria) assinado pelo rei de Castela e Leão, Alfonso X, sobreviveu até hoje, tornou-se famoso e ganha nova vida num disco acabado de lançar por TWB Ensemble, agrupamento de música antiga que junta o guitarrista e investigador leiriense Ricardo Alves Pereira e a intérprete e escritora Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira.”

 

Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Vigo

Album presentation

“Ricardo Nuno Alves Pereira and Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira, former students of the conservatory release a new album with their Ensemble: “Leyriath, of Music and Legends: Cantigas de Santa María Alfonso X El Sabio”.

They dedicate a special thanks to their professors in the classical guitar department, Jose Luis Fernandez and Margarita Escarpa; and Mario Peris from the violin department; and to the music history department that introduced us to medieval Galician culture and the Cantigas de Santa María by Alfonso X.

In addition, they want to point out that if it had not been for the excellent Erasmus initiatives of the conservatory, so well promoted by José Luis, they would never have met, nor would they have released this album.” — on 19th July 2021

Ricardo Nuno Alves Pereira e Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira, exalumnos del conservatorio lanzan un nuevo disco con su Ensemble: “Leyriath, of Music and Legens: Cantigas de Santa María Alfonso X El Sabio”.

Dedican un agradecimiento especial a sus profesores del departamento de guitarra clásica, Jose Luis Fernandez y Margarita Escarpa; y a Mario Peris del departamento de violín; y al departamento de historia de la música que nos presentó la cultura medieval gallega y las Cantigas de Santa María de Alfonso X.

centro national de cultura

Album news

“With TWB Ensemble’s 5th album, “Leyriath, The Song of Lumino: Vihuela Works by L.Narváez and A.Mudarra”, the audience can enjoy gems of Early music written by Claudio Monteverdi, Luis de Narváez and Alonso Mudarra, presented in a way never heard before.”

“Com o 5º álbum de TWB Ensemble, “Leyriath, The Song of Lumino: Vihuela Works by L.Narváez and A.Mudarra”, o público pode apreciar jóias da música antiga escritas por Claudio Monteverdi, Luis de Narváez e Alonso Mudarra, apresentadas de uma forma nunca antes ouvida.”

 

SAO Paulo FM

Album presentation

“With their fourth and latest album; “Leyriath, of Music and Legends: Cantigas de Santa Maria (Alfonso X)”, the ensemble had an instrumental approach to the famous Cantigas that are often sung. A lot of young audiences that otherwise would not encounter this almost millenary music are part of the ensemble’s listener profile today, due to the ensemble’s mythological approach to this wonderful and highly regarded music via their historically informed arrangements and authentic approach to the magic of the old eras.

Winning the hearts of thousands through the Pandemic Era with their online stream concerts of Cantigas de Santa Maria during 2020, the ensemble gained the strength to go into the studio with this repertoire; what we believe is that they managed to put their hearts into their work; and it is audible.”

“Com o seu quarto e mais recente álbum; “Leyriath, of Music and Legends: Cantigas de Santa Maria (Alfonso X)”, o ensemble abordou de uma maneira instrumental as afamadas Cantigas, que usualmente são apresentadas com canto. Muito do público jovem, que de outra forma não encontraria esta música quase milenar, faz parte do perfil do ouvinte comum do ensemble. Isto deve-se à abordagem de carácter mitológico aplicada a esta música maravilhosa, mantendo a autenticidade cultural no nosso contexto atual, e valorizando os saberes (e de certa maneira a magia) das eras passadas.

Conquistando o coração de milhares de ouvintes nos seus concertos online de Cantigas de Santa Maria durante a Era Pandémica de 2020, o ensemble recebeu a força necessária para entrar em estúdio com esse repertório; e o que nós acreditamos é que eles conseguiram colocar coração e alma nesta obra; sendo perceptível ao ouvir-se a sua música.”

Faro de vigo

Award News

Ricardo Nuno Alves wins the IX Mans Futuro musical award for his album “Ciclos”

The Portuguese guitarist Ricardo Nuno Alves Pereira received yesterday the IX Mans Futuro Award for Musical Excellence awarded by the Paideia Foundation together with the Department of Culture, Education and University Planning of the Xunta de Galicia to new professionals. Ricardo Nuno Alves Pereira, who began his guitar studies in Leiría (Portugal), has received first prize with the album “Ciclos”, in which he explores various cycles intertwined in his life.

 

Ricardo Nuno Alves logra el IX premio musical Mans Futuro por su disco “Ciclos”

El guitarrista portugués Ricardo Nuno Alves Pereira recibió ayer el IX Premio a la Excelencia Musical Mans Futuro que otorga la Fundación Paideia junto con la Consellería de Cultura, Educación y Ordenación Universitaria de la Xunta de Galicia a profesionales noveles. Ricardo Nuno Alves Pereira, que comenzó sus estudios de guitarra en Leiría (Portugal), ha recibido el primer premio con el disco “Ciclos”, en el que explora varios ciclos entrelazados en su vida.

 

Keep an eye

Award report

The jury report from Keep an Eye Outstanding Talent Award 2017:

‘Today we should no longer distinguish between different music genres. The Metropole Orkest is a great example of an ensemble that is unique because of its versatility: from classical music to jazz, soul and dance. Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira embodies this ptshilosophy. She has a classical background but has also become an expert in playing jazz violin. She was the perfect bridge builder between the jazz musicians in the orchestra and the more classically trained string players. As concertmaster, she understood the repertoire of Jong Metropole perfectly and communicated well with the strings, so that the section sounded as one. Finally, she turned out to be a fantastic soloist in Snarky Puppy’s Atchafalaya.” 

 

‘Vandaag de dag zouden we geen onderscheid meer moeten maken tussen verschillende muziekgenres. Het Metropole Orkest is een geweldig voorbeeld van een ensemble dat uniek is vanwege haar veelzijdigheid: van klassieke muziek tot jazz, soul en dance. Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira belichaamt deze filosofie. Ze heeft een klassieke achtergrond maar is ook een expert geworden in het spelen van jazzviool. Ze was de perfecte bruggenbouwer tussen de jazzmusici in het orkest en de meer klassiek geschoolde strijkers. Als concertmeester begreep ze het repertoire van Jong Metropole perfect en communiceerde ze goed met de strijkers, zodat de sectie klonk als één geheel. Tot slot bleek ze een fantastische soliste in het stuk Atchafalaya van Snarky Puppy.’

Regiao de leiria

Newspaper Article

Guitarist Ricardo Alves Pereira recorded the musical narrative “The Myth of Arion” in Pinhal de Leiria after the forest fires as a way to demonstrate his feelings for the rebirth of this natural heritage.
 
“I wanted the audience to feel the power of rebirth. This is the center of “The Myth of Arion”; When Arion and Delphin become constellations, they become part of a cycle that seems infinite to us. Practically destroyed by last year’s fires, Pinhal de Leiria is rising from the ashes once again, perhaps even stronger than before. Seeing the regeneration of the forest made me feel how strong nature is; same impression of infinity as the constellations in the myth.”
 

O guitarrista Ricardo Alves Pereira gravou a narrativa musical “O mito de Arion” no Pinhal de Leiria como forma de demonstrar o seu sentimento pelo renascimento daquele património natural.

“Eu queria que o público sentisse o poder do renascer. Isto é o centro de “O mito de Arion”; Quando Arion e Delphin se transformam em constelações, tornam-se parte de um ciclo que nos parece infinito. O Pinhal de Leiria, praticamente destruído pelos fogos do ano passado, está a renascer das cinzas, talvez ainda mais forte do que antes. Ver a regeneração da floresta fez-me sentir o quão forte é a Natureza, dando-me a mesma impressão de infinito que as constelações no mito me dão.”

 

La Opinión A Coruña

Award report

The Portuguese guitarist Ricardo Nuno Alves Pereira has today received the IX Mans Futuro Award for Musical Excellence, which is awarded by the Paideia Foundation together with the Ministry of Culture, Education and University Planning of the Xunta de Galicia to novice professionals.

Ricardo Nuno Alves Pereira, who began his guitar studies in Leiría (Portugal), has received the first prize with the album “Ciclos”, in which he explores various intertwined cycles in his life on a musical level.

El guitarrista portugués Ricardo Nuno Alves Pereira ha recibido hoy el IX Premio a la Excelencia Musical Mans Futuro que otorga la Fundación Paideia junto con la Consellería de Cultura, Educación y Ordenación Universitaria de la Xunta de Galicia a profesionales noveles.

Ricardo Nuno Alves Pereira, que comenzó sus estudios de guitarra en Leiría (Portugal), ha recibido el primer premio con el disco “Ciclos”, en el que a nivel musical explora varios ciclos entrelazados en su vida.

Previous Works

Albums

Recording session string section member
“Tasteful dream-pop, with dreamy synth-chords, ornaments and soulful singing, the orchestra really shines.” – progjazz.nl

Solo Classical Guitar
IX Mans Futuro Music Award

“Ricardo Nuno Alves Pereira, has received the first prize with the album “Ciclos”, in which, on a musical level, he explores several intertwined cycles in his life.” – La Opinion, A Coruña

Solo violin on jazz album
11th Golden Indie Music Awards (GIMA) winner for Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Song (5 Minutes in Between)

Literature Anthology 2003 contains one of Esin’s short stories called Kül (Ash) which she wrote when she was 11 years old.

The Book Hero: Esin’s first novel written when she was 12, about 3 friends helping a book character exploring children classics, looking for a “cool book to enter”. 

After the End: Written when Esin was 18, this novel tells the story of a woman facing the mysteries of love and the meaning of life during her death.

Previous Works

Books

Previous Works

Documentary

For their culture channel of RTP, in a documentary that focuses on the Galician people living in the World Heritage Douro region of Portugal, The Wandering Bard has been asked to arrange and perform the music that represents the vast landscapes, hard life conditions and unity of Celtic, Galician and Portuguese cultures.

Previous Works

Video&
Podcast

A TTRPG Podcast that consists live music.
All visuals and sound produced by CordaSonora.

Classical Guitar Performance
Video directed by Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira
Video&Sound by CordaSonora

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