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With Pedro Aguiar- Portraits in Times of Pandemic

Guitarras Alhambra asks Alhambra artists from all over the world what they think and how this pandemic has affected their lives.

Interview with Pedro Aguiar

1. How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected your artistic activity?

Well my first album is coming out in five days and all the concerts that I had were postponed, so that is really sad for me, because I was really looking to these concerts. Well, I hope to be playing for you live in concerts as soon as possible and for now you can reach to me on Spotify or buy my cd.

2. Now that we all have to adapt and reprogram ourselves to this situation, in what new projects are you working on?

I think that we should really try to take some positive look from all this crisis. So I have been trying to learn a little bit more about these new technologies, how to record at home I’ve been teaching people from Brazil and from other countries which I did not have the chance before so that is really good this connection and I am also preparing my first live concert like on Instagram and on Facebook. So, on April 10th I will be playing some pieces from my CD and I hope to see you guys there.

I was already working on some recording projects and for me it is good because I have now more time to practice and I will be ready before the schedule. I am also working with arrangements of some pieces for guitar and cello, guitar and violin and arrange some songs from Schubert and Brahms for guitar and voice.

3. In what positive way do you think this situation is affecting the society and the planet?

I think that the planet is really getting a rest from us like just to think about this is really positive. And for the society, I think this sense of community that we have developed is the biggest change now and we have the opportunity now to do something new from it and I hope that we do so.

4. What hobby or other activity have you started doing that you did not have time for before?

I am trying to improve my English because as you hear my accent is really difficult to understand and that’s why we have subtitles so you are going to understand everything because it’s written. I’ve been reading some book about Brazil. I am reading about this” Raices do Brasil”, I don’t know if you can see, it’s about the beginning of Brazil as nation so it’s really interesting if you want to know a little bit more about Brazil, I suggest you that you read this book. I’ve been cooking trying some new recipes, get in touch with some vegetables that I didn’t know they exist so it’s really good and healthy, I’m doing some sport, that is good, I am really proud to say that I lost 500 grams this week and if you want to lose some weight you can write to me and I’m going to help you.

5. What would you advise to artists and art lovers in general to focus and be positive on this global stage that we are going through?

So, if you are looking, I can give you some advice maybe you could listen to some good music, to good musicians, good guitarists and maybe look for music with passion and energy, some Brazilian music maybe, so I suggest this amazing CD, so, buy my Cd and you won’t regret it. Now on a more serious note, I think that it’s a time to get in touch with ourselves and be more curious, try new possibilities and hear our inner voice.

6. After the coronavirus, do you think we will have learned anything and changed our lifestyle?

I don’t know I think that we are going to learn a really big important lesson during this time, for me just see that we can count on people for really small things but also for big problems like this one. I think if we remember after this crazy time, we are going to change our life style. I hope so that we can change and remember this time, this difficult time. See you guys. Bye

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