Felipe leaves Almah/Edu leaves Angra
The day has come to make a very difficult decision,
one of the most difficult of my career:
I'm leaving Almah.
To give you a little perspective,
I'll tell you a pretty summed up story
: I joined the band in 2007,
a time when there was much uncertainty about the future of Angra.
Edu, Aquiles, Fabio and I had the supposed certainty
that we wanted to go on together.
At the time, Edu had already recorded a debut album for Almah,
and opened the door for us to get onboard
what was then just a project.
Much happened, and it soon became clear that
there wasn’t an agreement with Aquiles and Fabio regarding future plans,
and the band changed its line-up, with Marcelo Barbosa,
Marcelo Moreira and Paulo Schroeber joining it.
With this line-up we did two records that I just love,
we played several cities in Brazil,
went to Japan to promote the work,
and always did everything with our own hands,
from the musical to the bureaucratic and financial stuff.
The project was no longer just that, but a proper band.
Even the difficulties imposed by the physical distance
between us were always surpassed for a greater good, which was Almah.
So it was, and is until today.
I started playing with Edu in 2001, when I joined Angra.
We achieved great things, we got to explore the world together,
went through the best and worst things imaginable together.
A great friendship blossomed, and with it a unity, a harmony.
Over the years, this friendship has survived
the most diverse situations, but like any relationship,
suffered an inevitable wear.
The facts do not matter now.
We played together for 11 years,
building a history of which I am very proud,
but this story has an end, at least for now.
It's time for each of us to keep working the way we think is right,
which inevitably puts us on separate paths.
Almah was born from Edu, it’s his child and,
in my opinion, his greatest creation.
I'm sure I’ve contributed much to the band’s growth and development,
and I’ve worked really hard for that.
But my philosophy of work and life no longer allows me to continue.
The legacy of Almah in my life will always be the friendship,
good atmosphere, and the great music that we made.
And because I want to preserve those memories,
I feel it's time to go.
To my friends, all the luck!
Be sure you can always count on me.
At the same time Edu leaves Angra.
Much has happened in recent years, and especially in recent months,
culminating in this day.
It is a very sad day, of profound changes in our careers,
but at the same time is the beginning of a necessary and welcome renewal.
Life happens in cycles,
and I think it is a mistake to stick to the past
and prevent new paths to be traced.
Music as art depends a lot on passion,
an almost unhealthy dedication,
and a good mood to be created.
Therefore, it makes sense that when this is no longer happening,
maybe it's time to stop and seek different trails,
even if at that moment everything seems hazy, uncertain.
For a great talent there will always be a way.
Thank you, Edu, for the years we’ve spent together!
At the moment all I want is to go keep on with Angra
and the other projects that I play in, teaching,
producing albums, and never stop making music.