Júlio Resende - Portuguese musician, pianist and composer.
Júlio is one of the most international Portuguese musicians and he has already released seven albums in his own name. Júlio Resende’s career has begun in Jazz, passed through Fado and recently comes to pop-rock, in a continuous search for the perfect place that never exists.
After recorded his first three projects in a jazz trio and quartet (Da Alma - 2007, Assim Falava Jazzatustra - 2009, You Taste Like a Song - 2011), he decided to think about improvisation about other musical genres, like Fado, where he crosses tradition with modernity and launches, from his piano, a new look over the Portuguese song.
Based on some of the most popular themes of Amália Rodrigues - Diva do Fado - Júlio Resende presents a new challenge: bringing Fado to the piano; sing the melodies with the piano instead of just accompanying them; with the piano expressing everything that Fado means. Amália by Júlio Resende, edited in 2013 by Valentim de Carvalho, was unanimously acclaimed by all Portuguese music critics and received CHOC DISC ***** 5 Stars by the prestigious French magazine CLASSICA, which classifies the best musicians and instrumentalists in the world. Talented and creative improviser, Júlio goes further and risks a (im)possible duet with Amália, serving Diva's voice with his piano on the theme "Medo". 15 years after the disappearance of Amália Rodrigues, Júlio Resende convinces Valentim de Carvalho (Amália editor) and, for the first time in history, a musician is allowed to play with the voice of the Diva.
Following his first solo project with Fado and Jazz, Júlio Resende launched his fifth album Fado & Further in 2015 with the participation of Sílvia Pérez Cruz, one of Spain's greatest female singers.
His sixth album opens the challenge for a new paradigm: word and poetry, in a happy match with the Psychiatrist and Sexologist Júlio Machado Vaz. “Poesia Homónima” (2016) is the proof that art has no barriers and opens the way for a new relationship between the pianist and poetry. They are poems by Eugénio de Andrade and Gonçalo M. Tavares, in the unmistakable voice of Júlio Machado Vaz, accompanied by the improvisation of Júlio Resende’s piano.
As early as 2017, Júlio Resende launches the one that is probably the most daring and divergent of all his creations. From the English poetry of Fernando Pessoa is a pop-rock band with influences of indie and electronic music to which it gives the name of Alexander Search, one of the most important heteronyms of Pessoa and that wrote almost exclusively in the English language. The album, released in June, went directly to the third position of the national top selling, making sure that it is already a winning bet.