Inês Simões and pianist Daniel Godinho met as young students at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon. Since the beginning of their collaboration they found a mutual love for the lyric song genre and have built an impressive body of work that encompasses repertoire from the baroque to the modern eras and an array of languages from the traditional German to Finnish and Portuguese.
For details on the complete repertoire, pelase visit our List of Songs page.
Born in Lisbon, Daniel Godinho studied with pianist Alexei Eremine, founder of the Moscow Piano Quartet. He has furthered his studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and at the Musikhochschüle in Trossingen.
His interest in vocal repertoire has led him to work with some renowned musicians such as Rudolf Jansen, Eugene Asti, Axel Bauni, Jan Philip Schulze, David Selig, Sarah Walker, Udo Reinemann, among others.
He regularly accompanies several Portuguese singers from the younger generation, as well as the Gulbenkian Choir. He has accompanied in the major singing competitions in Portugal.
Daniel Godinho has performed as a soloist in Portugal, Spain and Holland, including important festivals and concerts for the Portuguese radio Antena 2.
The Alma Ibérica Project
Alma Ibérica is a musical project conceived by the Duo Tágide with the aim of promoting the Iberian Art Song Repertoire. The Portuguese duo has researched a vast cultural heritage, of a unique and unusual beauty, discovering a treasure trove of lesser-known works of great artistic value. We believe the project can play a role in the worldwide affirmation of Iberian culture and the establishment of a cross-cultural dialogue between Portugal and Spain.
We have adopted an innovative approach towards the choice of repertoire, comparing and contrasting the characteristics of Portuguese and Spanish repertoire, which are deeply ingrained within their national identity and character. We have sought to find a balance between well-known and obscure works and, above all, explore the mutual influences - in music and poetry – that reveal a remarkable level of cultural complicity.
We are also interested in music that draws on the traditions of Iberian song, written by composers, born outside of the Peninsula. A fascination with the nature of sound in language has always been present in the history of the genre, and has undoubtedly given the world a rich and universal musical legacy. In addition, we considered it important to include works that, although influenced by the dominant European musical trends, still maintain a strong Iberian identity.
Finally, we have set ourselves the goal of opening new paths for this musical genre: commitment with new compositions/commissions, a key point in the revitalisation of a tradition that must remain alive.
"Culture is what gives a people their goal and function" Agustina Bessa-Luís
Alma Ibérica's Debut Album
In May 2013, Alma ibérica was given a recording grant by the Foundation Gestão dos Direitos dos Artistas. After a rigorous selection process, covering 137 projects, the project was chosen for its cultural and artictic relevance and integrity. Alma Ibérica's first CD was launched in January 2015 at the beautiful Palácio Foz in Lisbon and was released in November 2014 by the label Sonus Music.
The CD includes the charming Six Portuguese Songs by Spanish composer Ernesto Halffter; the Guirlanda para Federico Garcia Lorca - a collection of ten Spanish folk songs arranged by Portuguese modernist Fernando Lopes-Graça and dedicated to the great soprano Victoria de los Angeles; songs of Iberian poetry from the 15th and 16th centuries by composers Hugo Wolf, Joaquin Rodrigo, Ernesto Granados and Ernestro Toldrà; and two iconic song cycles from Joaquin Turina - 3 poems op.81 - and Manuel Ivo Cruz - Sentimental songs.