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.