My new LP album, titled, “Toy Portugal” has been released.
The record is comprised of 15 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 50 minutes. It is the combination of my “Portuguese Suite for Toy Piano”, “Portuguese Scenes” and three bonus tracks.
Toy Portugal is a soundtrack of my past. All these pieces are highly evocative and programmatic and they are associated with sounds, places, people and memories of my childhood in Portugal. In a certain way I’m re-living my own history and using a toy piano as my voice, to create my own folklore. Imagine this work as a very kitsch, nostalgic and vintage product coming from a remote past like it has been there forever.
This set of pieces was a very personal project that lasted from 2010 to the end of 2013, and it was all conceived by myself. I conceived all the pieces and arrangements, I’ve interviewed and recorded the persons telling the stories, I performed, mixed and mastered all the materials.
“Toy Portugal” has been concurrently released with a songbook, also, which supplies fellow players with sheet music. I hope I have achieved a very enjoyable repertoire, suited for the international market, with an ‘exotic and ethnic’ flavor and at the same time amusing and fun to play. I invite also the listeners to buy the musical score and try to play it. It’s also an invitation for them to see the toy piano as a musical resource and as a serious instrument.
“Toy Portugal” is available for listening and as sheet music online worldwide: Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, etc… Get in early.
If you are not happy with digital versions and want the physical ones you can order them as well: