BY ÁLEX REGUEIRO
TRANSLATED BY BEATRIZ RUIZ DE AZCÁRATE
The greatest part of any musical formation dream of audiences wide enough to fill up a whole stadium. Very few choose to care the heart at a short distance… with regular light. Falua belongs to this group of music: pure music that goes beyond borders, beyond time. Sara Sousa and Gom Abadim, the voice and guitar of Falua, are renovating the traditional sound of the music from Galicia, Portugal and even Brazil, helping traditional songs find a new identity. Both, Sara and Gom, have been recognized musicians before finding each other to form Falua. Sara was a soloist (Fado Maior, Sara de Sousa Trío e Bolero). Gom was the guitarist of A Quenlla, Crechas Davide Salvado, Brath, Os d’Baixo and Tis-che-tein.
Falua has launched its very first album with the very same name: “Falua”. It is about a sentimental journey across the music and songs of both sides of the Atlantic. Sara and Gom feel themselves identified in the words of the Argentinean singer León Gieco: “music is a wide thing, without limits, borders or flags.” Even though they believe that the music constitutes a universal language, they feel that the different music styles are what make every place enriching and unique.
DTP guarantees an absolute freedom to rearrange, select the musical pieces and choose the aesthetical proposal; they even have the freedom to renovate the list of songs every now and then. It is on stage when the recital of this duet multiplies, and when voice + guitar create magical moments. A real communication with the audience takes place. “It is very convenient –says Gom–, and delightful to listen to as well. There is actually no need of a wide range of sounds to enjoy music. Sometimes, people prefer to listen to quiet music, to have an hour of peace and quiet. Our proposal is honest and warm, and people tend to be thankful for it within a world full of stridencies. Falua is like the slit in a window through which fresh air enters.”
“The best gift an artist can receive it to see people getting excited about his music; voice and guitar make the perfect mix to fall in love” –confirms Sara, whose powerful voice interprets the most beautiful logs of those musical jewels from Galicia and Portugal: “Campanas de Bastabales”, “Quen puidera namorala”, “Aí ven o Maio”, “Verdes são os campos” or “Menina estás à janela”.
Madly in love with traditional music, Gom and Sara, remember with longing the 90s; A time when Galician music could be heard all over the world, particularly in Santiago de Compostela where Galician live music was in vogue. “For me, Santiago (de Compostela) and music are an unbreakable duet –explains Gom–. When I first arrived here, almost twenty years ago, there was live music everywhere: a duet here, a trio there… That is a treasure for the city, especially for Santiago that lives mainly from the tourism. It is a pity that is not longer like that.”
Sara, with her heart divided between Porto (PT) and Santiago, between fados and Galician music, firmly believes in respecting the past and maintaining traditions while welcoming innovation. Gom adds: “The customs have changed. No one treads the grain anymore, the same way no one sings while spinning because the art of spinning is no longer alive. Nevertheless our traditional music is a treasure from which we must feed.”
This is why, at dusk, Falua revives the seagull of Amália Rodrigues and the golden dove of Álvaro Cunqueiro. Close and natural. Pure Music.