Woman of a presence and music as intangible as telluric, Lula Pena has developed a unique work with the calm and patience of the blessed, in counter-current with any notion of careerism. With the rhythm of one song per year, Pena has raised a very own aura. Invoking fado, bossanova, or tango, her music transcends cartographies and tropes of the genre, sustaining these references in a pan-global dimension, where the guitar and Lula’s haunting voice becomes the means for belief and revelation. Having debuted with the already mythical ‘Phados’ in 1998, it reappeared after a solitary rescue in 2010 with the stunning ‘Troubadour’ and again in 2017 with ‘Archivo Pittoresco’, with the edition of the very respectable and always attentive Crammed Discs. All in good time, every time.
In an unusual encounter, Lula Pena embraces her gravitational center to the work of João Simões – and vice versa. An artist born in Luanda and already with a long journey between installation or video and whose work has been widely discussed and praised by numerous publications and critics. Having exhibited in countless venues of respect, he has also been a guest teacher and lecturer at several renowned schools on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a very distinctive/peculiar figure, a requirement for a tag team that leaves us particularly eager for all its possibilities. BS