Tanto Mar is a journey between fado and traditional Brazilian music, choosing poetry and feeling as the compass of the journey. We need your support to make this record a reality!
The singer and performer Helena Sarmento is preparing to record and release her 5th album.
Tanto Mar will be her most intimate album and she will put her fado soul and the intensity of her interpretations in fados and sambas-canção.
"Partida"("Departure"), the single that she has just released in partnership with the renowned wine brand Niepoort, marks her debut as a lyricist and also the "starting point" for a journey to record the new album that will begin at the end of 2023 in Rio de Janeiro and which will end in Porto, in March 2024.
The album will have another traditional fado song with lyrics by Helena, as well as two completely original themes (lyrics and music) and even her own versions, like "Naufrágio" (Cecília Meireles and Alain Oulman), "Foi Deus" (Alberto Janes), "Chão de Estrelas" (Orestes Barbosa e Sílvio Caldas) and "Linda Flor (Ai, Yoyô)” (Henrique Vogeler and Marques Porto).
The reason for the trip to Rio de Janeiro in December 2023, is her concert at Casa do Choro for which she has received a financial support of IBerMúsicas to cover the air travel costs. However, it would be a huge waste not to take advantage of the inevitable preparation work for the concert (selection and study of repertoire and rehearsals, individual and collective) and not to register 4 of the songs that will be part of the concert's repertoire and which will have the Brazilian Bandolin as a solo instrument. The other 4 tracks of “Tanto Mar” will be recorded in Porto, with Portuguese Guitar.
It is an album that aims to celebrate the affection between two sister countries, with so much in common beyond the most unequivocal elements that unite them: language and words.
Through this campaign, Helena asks for your support to materialize this multicultural project, which involves so many good artists from both sides of the Atlantic. She counts on you.
About the author
Hello! My name is Helena Sarmento and I'm a singer and performer. My discography includes 3 original albums: FADO AZUL (2011), FADO DOS DIAS ASSIM (2013) and LONJURA (2018, Antena 1) and the EP “Liberdade, Liberdade!” (2022). There are 13 years of dedication to music sung in Portuguese, materialized in 4 albums and many concerts in Portugal and abroad. Since Fado dos Dias Assim I have always recorded a song from Brazil. This album that I now intend to record represents the natural evolution to which my path in music has led me.
My artistic career has been made of belief and a great effort, dedication and commitment to “make it happen”. That's where my restlessness finds its way and purpose. None of what I have today would, however, be possible without the affections that I build – and they are the heritage that I value the most. I know that this campaign will reach people who have already supported me several times, including in this pandemic that has shaken us so much. And other people I don't know who I hope will believe. It will be a beautiful album, much dreamed of, built together with several other artists and friends and which will be, together with you, our album. Thank you for being on that side.
On her debut album “Fado Azul” (2011) Rui Vieira Nery highlighted her uniqueness “Helena Sarmento is not the 2nd Amália, nor the 3rd Hermínia, nor the 4th Fernanda Maria: she is the 1st Helena Sarmento. (…) We hear traditional fados, sung by so many people, but we have the feeling that they are being reinvented, we have the feeling of the new.”
Referring to “Lonjura” (2018), Fernando Dacosta said that “(…) Helena Sarmento is one of those beings who arrive discreetly and available, who expose themselves without reservations, without networks; one of those beings who know how to find their own paths, assert themselves to be different, solidary, sensitive; who have intelligence, imagination, persistence, creativity, freedom maps without retreat. Discreet, secret, she began her statement outside the mainstream, guided by a demand, an unshakable lucidity. “Lonjura” remains, due to its atmosphere, a plain of irrefutable modernity. (...)”
Among her main achievements, she highlights the international edition of her first two albums through the French label Sunset France and the various international concerts in Spain (namely in 3 editions of the Festival de Fados de Castilla & Léon, in Zamora), France (namely in Paris , at Theátre Jacques Prévert) Germany (namely, at Museu Leopold – Duren), Poland (at Teatro Slaski - Katowice) and Brazil (in Maceió, Alagoas, at the 4th edition of Festival Portugal em Cena and in Rio de Janeiro, at Casa das Artes Paquetá and at Casa do Choro).
Budget and due dates
All the money raised in this campaign will be precious and essential for the realization of this record.
The money raised will cover the following expenses:
2500€ - recording, mixing and mastering of 8 tracks + copyright payment
2500€ - fees for 10 musicians and graphic art
€507.38 - 5% PPL commission costs + VAT and 2.5% payment commission costs + VAT
December 2023 - 4 track recording in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
March 2024 - 4 track recording in Porto (Portugal)
April 2024 - Mixing and Mastering
May 2024 - graphic art
June 2024 - pre-release dinner concert at Caves Niepoort
July 2024 - Premiere and release of the album "Tanto Mar" on all digital platforms