Carlos Paredes

Biography

Born: February 16, 1925; Coimbra, Portugal   Died: July 23, 2004; Lisbon, Portugal  
The Portuguese guitar is a 12-string instrument with double courses (string pairs) and a small body, similar in tone to the mandolin or Greek bouzouki. Its penetrating sound is championed by Carlos Paredes, a sensitive, even shy performer who balances tradition and spontaneous invention. His original approach was likened to the freshness of Ornette Coleman by bassist Charlie Haden, who is himself a minor cultural hero in Portugal. The Portuguese guitar is a 12-string instrument with double courses (string pairs) and a small body, similar in tone to the mandolin or Greek bouzouki. Its penetrating sound is championed by Carlos Paredes, a sensitive, even shy performer who balances tradition and spontaneous invention. His original approach was likened to the freshness of Ornette Coleman by bassist Charlie Haden, who is himself a minor cultural hero in Portugal. Read less
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    Guitarra Portuguesa / Carlos Paredes
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79203 Release Date: 08/07/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlos Paredes,  Carlos Paredes
    Performer:  Carlos Paredes,  Fernando Alvim,  Tiago Velez
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