Stockholm Lisboa Project
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Stockholm Lisboa Project

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden | INDIE

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden | INDIE
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""The result is an eclectic beauty to behold."-Full Review"

Stockholm Lisboa Project are a four-piece band that fuse together the rich musical traditions of Sweden and Portugal. The quartet brings together the Iberian warmth of Luis Peixoto's Portuguese mandolin and the breathtaking fado singing of Liana, with the frenetic polska sounds of Sweden's Sérgio Crisóstomo on violin and Simon Stålspets on Nordic mandola. The result is an eclectic beauty to behold.

Liana's truly gorgeous vocals are bursting with a contagious passion that will have you alternately weeping and jumping for joy -- she's one of those singers who is certain to provoke a reaction, no matter at which end of the emotional spectrum she pitches her expressive and uncompromisingly beautiful voice.

The different tones of the string instruments intertwine perfectly; on the slower numbers the fiddle murmurs sensitively alongside the dancing strings of the mandolin and the lower, sturdy tones of the mandola. The faster polskas allow the strings to burst forth with the driving fiddle underpinned by the rhythmic strumming of mandolin, mandola and bouzouki. The energy pours forth right from the opening track, "Sol de Janeiro / Ombyggnan," with fingers darting effortlessly up and down fret boards, carrying you away on a wave of intense and unbridled joy. There are many such moments to be found on Sol.

For me the album hits its highest spots with the fado songs, laced with the seductive tones of Liana's exquisite voice. On the graceful "Naufrágio," Liana's expressively enunciated phrasing will make you fall instantly in love -- you can almost feel Liana's breath gently caressing your ears as she delivers her impassioned performance. Crashing through any language barriers, there can be little that you would hear that stirs your emotions quite like this. Even on the livelier traditional numbers, such as "Desgarrada," Liana sings at an energetic pace whilst still retaining a sultry fervour and edginess to her vocals.

Sol is well produced, faithfully reproducing the sound of the acoustic instruments as if you're listening to a live performance -- in particular the clarity of the vocals and their dominance in the mix is spellbinding. Sol represents a beautiful marriage of two European traditions, which could well be a love story in itself! - (U.K.)

""European fusion at its best" - Songlines"

Rural traditions from Portugal. Via Scandinavia.

Stockholm Lisboa Project is European fusion at its the best. Nomis, is a great example of how two considerably different cultures can find common ground and fuse together to produce a sonority that celebrates both traditions in equal measures. The four – pieces band consists of Swedish mandola player Simon Stalspets and three Portuguese musicians – Luis Peixoto on the Portuguese mandolin and bouzouki, Sergio Crisóstomo on violin and singer Liana. Both Peixoto e Crisóstomo are associate with Portugal-based fusion projects (Dazkarieh and At-Tambur respectively), while Liana is considered of new fado movement.

While Sol features some polskas and fados, the Portuguese tunes include present a number of rural traditional songs, some lifted from important research work carried out by experts, including the ethnomusicologist José Alberto Sardinha. Given the backgrounds of all four members of the Stockholm Lisboa Project, its hardly surprising that the musical traditions of Portugal and Sweden get treated with great respect and expertise. When you consider the degree of international success fado currently enjoys, sticking to the Portuguese urban song ignoring its rural counterparts would have been a safer route. The band's decision to do otherwise and include songs such as "Mentiras" and "Desgarrada" deserves praise. From a energy-infused "Sol de Janeiro/Ombyggnan" to melancholic "Rua do Capelão", Sol travels through a range of sounds and emotions that fit together perfectly well.

- Songlines

"Songlines Music Award Nominated"

Stockholm Lisboa Project was nominated for the 2010 Songlines Music Awards in the "Cross-Cultural" category - Songlines U.K.

""this is a proper group" - fRoots"

"Liana is an impressive and attractive singer", "this is a proper group, beginning to transcend the sort of cros-cultural experiment that the name suggests, with an appealing album" - Andrew Cronshaw, Diagonal 2009 Westpark Music - fRoots Magazine

""I shiver from pleasure""

"I shiver from pleasure";
"They convince!" - LIRA, Swedish Music Magazine

""The musicians are excellent"-Full Review"

Liana (lead vocals), Luis Peixoto (mandolin, bouzouki), Sérgio Crisóstomo (violin) and Simon Stålspets (mandola, harmonica) are the Stockholm Lisboa Project. One wonders what that means. It simply means traditional and contemporary Swedish polskas, schottis and vals on one hand, and traditional and contemporary fado songs in Lisboa style on the other hand. It is most interesting that Portugal's and Sweden´s traditions shake hands. Both Swedish spelmansmusik, which is instrumental music for dancing, and Portuguese fado, which is blues-like vocal music, have meaning, display emotions and passion, and are melancholical and powerful at the very same time. Northern mandola and southern mandolin blend very well together. The musicians are excellent, Liana has a gorgeous voice (her being a Portuguese National Fado Award Winner twice). - (Germany)

""four virtuoso musicians""

"four virtuoso musicians [...] ingeniously combine the folk musics of their countries" -

""beautiful record""

"beautiful record"
"heavenly voice of Liana"

MazzMusikaS (Belgium) - MazzMusikaS (Belgium)


"Diagonal" CD, Westpark Musik 2009
"Sol" CD, Nomis Musik 2007

Songlines Music Awards compilation CD 2010 (1 track)
Folk Acts Sweden 2010 (1 track)
Feuerschlößchen live concert for German Radio WDR 2009
Kaustinen Folk Festival live concert for Finnish Radio YLE 2008
Radio live concert for Swedish Radio P2, 2007
Radio live concert for Portuguese Radio ch1 & ch2 2007



-German Record Critics’ Award 2009
-Nominated for Songlines Music Awards 2010

Hi, welcome!

Stockholm Lisboa Project joins musicians from Portugal and Sweden.

In this project, we explore our cultures and traditions when travelling diagonal through Europe. Portugal in the South West and Sweden in the North East of Europe are 4.000 kilometers apart from each other geographically, but in music sometimes very near. We have to listen carefully to the inner voice of each song that we play. What does the song tell us? How does the song want to be executed? Sometimes it says "play me in a fado style". Other times it says "I need Nordic clothes" A few times it says "I was born in Portugal and have a cousin in Sweden".

We call it "polska, fado and beyond". But that is to simplify this project, because the music doesn´t let itself define in words, just in music!
Enjoy the travel.

Liana: Performing on stage since 1989, she won twelve prizes of thirteen contests she entered, among them: 1994 and 1996 the "Grande Noite do Fado" at the National Coliseum in Lisbon being the first singer to win two prizes in this contest, and 2000 for the National State Television (RTP) "Festival da Canção". From 2000-2005 she played the role of Amália in the most successful musical ever in Portugal dedicated to the great diva Amália Rodrigues. She toured in Australia, Canada, United States, Brazil and Europe. She also performs distinct styles from jazz standards to musical hits combining her solo career with ventures in other music projects.

Filip Jers: Filip started to study at the Jazz Department at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm in 2006 as the first harmonica player ever and will have a Bachelor Degree in 2009. He plays both chromatic and diatonic harmonica. Filip has played different styles of music but mainly focuses on jazz and folk music. He plays in a lot of own and different musical projects with everything from jazz standards, original music to free-improvisation. He was granted the Junior Blues prize in Åmål, 2003 and won prizes in the “Musik Direkt” competition for young musicians in 2003 and 2004. Filip won the Danish Harmonica Championships in Odense 2004 and the next year he won two first prizes; Jazz and Folk/Blues/Rock/Country at the prestigious World Harmonica Championships in Trossingen, Germany 2005.

Sérgio Crisóstomo: Professional musician since 1994, he is a classical formed violin player. Besides his classical work, he has developed through the years a special interest in folk music, adapting the violin to multiple music styles. He was granted the Gulbenkian music scholarship during his conservatoire violin studies and in 2000 he was invited to represent Portugal in a Folk music meeting camp in Brittany-France. Since 1998 he has been touring around Europe and China with different projects. Besides his instrumental career he is also choir conductor.

Simon Stålspets: Professional musician since 1990, has been touring in Sweden and almost all over Europe with different music bands: Svart Kaffe, Kalabra, Lystra and Marsipan. In 1996 he achieved Master in fine art at the Royal Music Academy in Stockholm in electric guitar and in 2000 in music composition. With Kalabra he won the international folkmusic competition in Kaustinen Folk Music Festival in 1998 and he was granted the Royal Music Academy scholarship in 2000 and Stim scholarship 2002. He composes contemporary music for the Royal Opera Choir in Stockholm, Linnékvintetten, Mårten Falk & George Gulyas guitar duo and also makes arrangements for the bands he plays in.