Danças Ocultas are four Portuguese accordionists known for their highly original and innovative approach to the instrument. "Impressionist folk" is maybe the best label for their timeless art music inspired by classical tradition just as well as folklore and sacred themes: They create minimalist, profound sound paintings full of unexpected turns and noble melancholy, very special music taking you on a journey between heaven and earth. Their collaboration with Portuguese choreographer Paulo Ribeiro, regular appearances at international festivals and a highly acclaimed showcase at Womex 2010 have brought them international recognition far beyond the Portuguese borders.
"It was less of a concert but much more a musical lecture, a collective breathing that you’re being part of and that you’re carried away with, in an emotional, meditative dimension. That’s what the music of this Portuguese group makes you feel like." Il Giornale di Vicenza, Italy
"Occult? The mystical word in the band’s name does not stand for black accordion-masses. With its unagitated but pulling sounds the quartet has created its own musical terrain, an imaginary folk music for dances that do not yet exist." Salzburger Nachrichten, Austria
"You walk into the darkened main concert hall and suddenly, all that falls away, there are four men on stage, and they are creating a space where you can relax, breath and luxuriate in beautiful sounds." Michal Shapiro on The Huffington Post, USA