It is possible to confirm that Pedro Abrunhosa has always chosen the hard way. What is perceived when, contrary to what is customary, its public history does not begin with a garage band - in the beginning, it even counted the Conservatory. It did not begin by gaining fame in the slight music, to venture later in projects more daring. He did the opposite: at age 16 he studied Analysis, Composition and History of Music with Álvaro Salazar and Jorge Peixinho, at the Oporto School of Music. Later, in the Conservatory, he studied Composition with Candido Lima, while he was invited to join the Contemporary Music Group of Madrid, by composer Enrique X. Macias, with whom he participated in shows in Spain and Portugal.
He entered music by the erudite way. And when he got to jazz he was a scholar playing jazz. In 1984 he went to Madrid to learn from bassist Todd Coolman and musicians Joe Hunt, Wallace Rooney, Gerry Nyewood and Steve Brown. And then with Adriano Aguiar and Alejandro Erlich Oliva, his double bass masters. It was the jazz years. Participated in international seminars, formed bands, played in orchestras, toured. He collaborated with great figures like Paul Motion, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, Billy Hart. He taught bass at the school of the Hot Club of Lisbon, he performed and produced the program "Hasta Jazz", at Rádio Clube do Porto. He founded the Oporto Jazz School and the "Cool Jazz Orchestra", which was to become "Pedro Abrunhosa and the Machine of Sound", which performed original songs.
The following trip featured the Bandemónio. And the album he called "Viagens", edited in 1994. A rock album full of jazz and life. Pedro Abrunhosa has always traveled. Across the continents of music, just like the world, with a second-hand Renault 4L or a hitch with a backpack. Unlike many others, his musical journey was from the most complex to the simplest, towards the purification of language, destined to the essence of things. When he arrived at the rock, he carried his backpack full of history and rigor. "Trips" reached the triple Platinum, with more than 140 thousand copies sold. Pedro Abrunhosa finally attended the meeting that seemed long ago marked by the large audiences. He had something to tell them, and it was understood.
This covenant with the multitudes has never been broken. In 1995 he released the maxi-single "F" and in 1996 the album "Tempo", which sold 80,000 copies in a week. It reached the quadruple Platinum, with sales exceeding 180 thousand. In 1999 he released "Silêncio" and in 2002 "Momento", respectively Platinum and double Platinum. The triple album "Palco", released in 2003 and containing recordings of live concerts, sold more than 70 thousand units, and "Intimacy", a DVD released in 2005 and recorded live at the inauguration of Casa da Música in Oporto, reaches another a remarkable success, despite the crisis and in 2007 the album "Luz" was edited.
2010 is a turning point. He brings together the Caviar Committee, joins producer João Bessa, and releases the album Longe, which achieves the double platinum award. Songs like "Do What Has Not Been Done," Do not Give Up on Me, "Can Heaven Be So Far", join so many other hymns, legends, adages, to which Pedro Abrunhosa has accustomed us forever. Throughout this time, he travels the country from north to south, exhausting all the showrooms where he acts and leaving a trail of more than 100 concerts, all unique, all of them unforgettable, passing through Brazil, Angola, Spain and by França.
In December 2013 is released the 7th studio album by Pedro Abrunhosa, 'ContraMon'. Eleven new songs, including the singles' Toma Conta de Mim 'and' Vámos em Contramão '.
' For me, a Disco is more and more a Book, a continuous narrative of mismatched stories that are reunited in Music that I write, of characters, sometimes tormented, sometimes happy, feelings of loss or conquest that end up being common to many of us. I speak of myself through the voices of others and transpose myself to others using my own voice. Throughout all this time, I'd say almost since I've known myself as a Musician, I've tried to improve the simplicity of what really fascinates me: writing Songs. What comes here is just that. My life become word and harmony. If they meet me in this work, my task will be fulfilled and I will leave for the road already with the next record in the bowels. 'The words are by Pedro Abrunhosa, who once again had João Bessa in the production and with the Caviar Committee musicians, who have been accompanying him since the last studio album. 'ContraMon' was recorded in the Boom Studios and as special guests, Abrunhosa still called Camané and the Catalan flamenco artist Duquende.
Camané does not need presentations, he is one of the genius fadistas of his generation. De Duquende, said Paco de Lucia: "In Barcelona you have a monster, Duquende, who possesses the magic of cante, inspiration and technique." With a long career (his first record dates back to 1988), Duquende has collaborated with flamenco greats in his resume, Juan Carmona, Juan Gómez, Paco de Lucia and Vicente Amigo cases. Doing a duet with a flamenquist and with Duquende in particular was, for Pedro Abrunhosa, an old dream now come true. In the recordings of the album were also involved, in addition to the Caviar Committee, the Saint Dominic Choir (Gospel Choir directed by João Castro) and the Quarteto de Cordas de Matosinhos (directed by Pedro Moreira).