An invitation to “look ahead with our heads held high”

Fred Ferreira and the official music of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union

21 Mar · 10h00

It is the soundtrack that opens and closes all the events associated with the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, whether they are ministerial meetings or head of state summits.


The composition combines the Portuguese guitar with elements of electronic music, which the composer Fred Ferreira – who is also a drummer and musical producer – hopes “will transmit a sense of hope and strength”.


“For me, the challenge was to combine the more electronic part with the part that is as organic, typical and distinct as the Portuguese guitar is,” explained Fred Ferreira. “In a certain way, it takes us on a journey,” he continued, adding that, with the final result, his intention was “for us to look ahead and keep our heads high.”


The official music of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU has “a lot of drums, a lot of clapping, a lot of things that move us forward”, and is presented in a dialogue between modernity and the visual identity of the Presidency, based on unity, in a broad construction that is diverse but still cohesive. It is immediately recognisable by the characteristic timbre of the 12-string guitar, played by the guitarist André Dias.

Theme music for the Portuguese Presidency by Fred Ferreira:

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Fred Ferreira, who is part of the music group Orelha Negra (Black Ear), also talks of “all the creative freedom” that he was given in such a “challenging” project as that of creating “a piece of music for such an important event”.


The European Day of Artistic Creativity falls on 21 March.


A musician and producer, Fred Ferreira was born in Lisbon; at the age of 15, he played with the Yellow W Van. He plays the drums with groups such as Orelha Negra, Banda do Mar, and 5-30. In addition to this, he has played with Buraka Som Sistema, Mallu Magalhães, Oioai, João Só, Sam The Kid, Micro Audio Waves, BALLA, Adriana Calcanhotto, Clarice Falcão, and Cicero, among many others. So it is difficult to find a stage where he doesn’t play.


© Fred Ferreira

Very often, however, he is away from the stage, though he never loses his connection with music.


Furthermore, he co-founded the studio Iá, and has created the publisher Kambas, and produced records by Frankie Chavez, Raquel Tavares, Mafalda Veiga, Diogo Piçarra, O Clube, Língua Franca, Francis Dale, and Haema.


Besides Portugal, his drumming has been heard in such different places as the USA, Japan, Africa, Australia, China, Europe, Russia, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.


Over the years he has been nominated for two Grammys and has won various prizes, which have encouraged him to immerse himself even more deeply in developing his technique and talent. In 2019 he launched his first solo album, “O Amor Encontra-te no Fim” (Love Finds You in the End), and his second album will be released in the second half of 2021.