Rota das Afinidades’ can be interpreted as a platform for arrivals and departures, a space of intertwining memories experienced through a Pandora’s Box that opens and releases 16 new compositions such as “Rota das Afinidades [routes of affinity]”, the song that gives the album its name, “Nómadas Ocultos [hidden nomads]”, “Cais do Desassossego [dock of restlessness]”, “Orfandade [orphanhood]”, among many others, which unravel the “thread” of emotions in the souls of those who hear them.
Since the release of the first CD ‘Teias de Seda’ [silk nets] at the end of 2014, Caixa de Pandora [pandora’s box] have performed on innumerable stages, both in Portugal, such as, the Fundação Oriente [oriental foundation], TEDx 2015 as guest performers, and the Palácio da Bolsa [stock exchange palace], and abroad, with a wide range of appearances in Festivals and Cultural Centres.
Affinities grew and the routes extended to include appearances and concerts in the East, namely in India and China. In India through experiences with some major cultural figures from this region, Gulraj Singh and Manoj Yadav, they collaboratively composed and interpreted pieces for both the Hindi market and Caixa de Pandora’s repertoire. As a result of this collaboration, the track ‘Mann Marzi Mauji’ will shortly be released. In China, a meeting with Joe Lei – a producer, lyricist and composer based in Hong Kong, has resulted in various partnerships with traditional singers and instrumentalists, notably Kit Lam, Michele Ng and Wong Kin Wai, and which gave rise to the piece ‘House of the Swallows’, as well as various concerts scheduled for 2016.
‘Rota das Afinidades’ announces the artistic consolidation of the trio and unquestionably reflects the close understanding of its members.
“(…) Caixa de Pandora reveal themselves when they play, and touch those who hear them.” - Nuno Pacheco in Público
“(…) three excellent musicians, two girls and a guy - Caixa de Pandora. They play really well, bursting with talent! I’ve got an album here that’s well worth a listen. They’re basically virtuosos.” – Jorge Palma in DN
About The Arte Institute
Founded on April 11, 2011 the Arte Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes culture and showcases art from Portugal. It is a space that offers a creative environment for Portuguese artists in the field of art, literature, music, dance and film.
The Arte Institute provides a space for inter-cultural inspiration and is a catalyst for an innovative artistic dialogue between the many communities in New York and the Portuguese artists. This environment fosters a unique exchange between traditional and non-traditional views of how art can bridge audiences with different cultural background.