AUDIO PORTRAIT featuring Raimundo Fagner
HALF-SPOKEN WORDS is an honest testimony by Raimundo Fagner on the delicate relationship between artist and the phonographic industry… love and hate, symbiosis needed in the past and transformed in the present thanks to the INTERNET, which lowered considerably the power of record companies, his testimony starts with the founding of the label EPIC in Brazil, of which he was an artistic director. Fagner commanded the appearance of many alternative artists in an equally alternative way, which was the reason for his success and his implosion. He has a combative personality but is extremely honest. Fagner exposes his version of events.
The series AUDIOPORTRAIT delivers the word so the artist can develop a theme that has never been talked about. It is a show about the person, not the persona, giving the spectator an opportunity to join intimately the real person. It’s like a casual conversation where the spectator is in the second row, behind the silhouette of another participant.
It is a show that stemmed from the documentary WHITE BLACK and BLUES with BB KING, filmed in a differential format… it wasn’t just the music… it was a testimony about an issue that has impacted his career and, more than anything, a life’s story. In BB KING’s case, as a blues musician, touring across America for over sixty years, he narrated the changes in African-American civil rights during the second half of the 20th century, where music had an instrumental role. As an eyewitness to everything that was going on, he has credit as a consistent narrator, mixing narrative with musical performances. It’s not the career… it’s a point of view… an AUDIO PORTRAIT. Music is only the frame where history, in form of a testimony, truly shines… great developments narrated by someone who lived them.