The project “O GAJO” was born in Lisbon, in the spring of 2016 by the hands of João Morais with the intention of linking his music to the land that saw him born, Portugal.
This is how the relationship with the Viola Campaniça, a traditional root instrument that forms part of Portuguese centenary and cultural history, arises.
Also known as Viola Alentejana, the Viola Campaniça was the musical instrument used to accompany the celebrated songs at the feasts and fairs of the Alentejo. It is the largest of the Portuguese Violas and has 5 orders of strings traditionally played by fingering only with the thumb.
João Morais has been a musician since 1988 and after almost 30 years playing guitars from outside, it is in a concert in Beja (Alentejo) that he knows the Viola Campaniça. The one that brings to Lisbon gains new shades away from the more traditional language but keeping its Portugueseness intact.
O GAJO compositions may sound like Fado, but they are not Fado, they may sound like traditional music, but they are not traditional music, they are a hybrid of it all and much more.
O GAJO plays World Music!
The first record “Longe do Chão” was out on the stores in the 20th of May 2017 and since then he has been playing all over the country with excellent feedback from both public and press.