SAMBAGURU at SOB'S (Sounds of Brazil in NY) dressing room. From left: Kevin Ricard, Bill Brendle, Hussain Jiffry, Pepito Gomez (our guest from Cuba), me, Mitchell Long, our friend JP singing on the back, Tony Shogren, and our new friend Alex.
We had the honor of having the presence of actress and activist Ruby Dee, Ms. Shabazz & family (Malcolm X's daughter), writer M D Johnson, composer Tom Myron and is daughter, Gail Zezerman, Eslovenian composer and conductor Rok Golob, presenters at APAP, and many other friends from the East coast. Obrigada for your warm welcome. : )
New York is cool, I agree, but I wouldn’t live there; living close to the mountains, ocean, with clean air and sunshine for the most part of the year keeps insanity away! The first time I visited NY I stayed at a friend’s apartment in Soho; yes, the bathtub was right beside the fridge! This time Sambaguru stayed at a hotel at 49th St. between 7th and 8th Ave, close to Times Square and to the New York Hilton, were the APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference took place. Visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral again reminded me of a smaller church I couldn’t find this time. Across the street from the hotel was St. Malachy’s Church where lots of artists used to go. I prayed for a good showcase and show. "Namastê," I heard back.
MORE GOOD NEWS:
Sambaguru's song TRIBO GANDHISTA will soon to be released on a compilation called "Diaspora 4 Africa Vol. 3 in Germany and many other European countries.
Listen to TRIBO: www.sambaguru.com
Friday, February 5th, 2010 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
@ Jazz at the Radisson
Culver City, CA
Reservations: (310) 649-1776
Saturday, February 6th, 2010 at 8pm and 10pm
Sherman Oaks, CA
Reservations: (818) 728-8400
Friday, February 12 - Brazilian Carnaval
With Pure Samba
@ KAHLUA CLUB
Saturday, February 20th from 12 noon to 2pm
Celebrate Carnaval Workshop (Dance & Beyond with Katia Moraes)
@ Pulse Drumming (Ventura, CA)
My favorite Samba School in Rio: MANGUEIRA! Listen the 2010 song theme and watch the video of their community. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-yi4eGFDGM&feature=player_embedded
"O HOMEM QUE ENGARRAFAVA NUVENS," Documentary about Brazilian lyricist Humberto Teixeira who formed a historic partnership with Luis Gonzaga (The King of Baião)
Carnaval in Los Angeles (Feb. 20th) @Nokia Club
Carnaval in Santa Barbara (Feb. 19th, 20th & 21st)
BRAZILIAN NORTHEASTERN HERITAGE (SANFONICA/ACCORDEON ORQUESTRA FROM ARACAJU)
I wish I could join this band; check this out!
MY NEW STORY JUST PUBLISHED: "GETTING RID OF GUILT"
INTO ASTRONOMY? (STARRY NIGHT IN BRASIL)
BRAZILIAN HISTORY (Carnaval in 1955)
"To him the stars seemed like so many musical notes affixed to the sky, just waiting for somebody to unfasten them. Someday the sky would be emptied, but by then the earth would be a constellation of musical scores"
(Quote by Brazilian writer Machado de Assis)
Happy Carnaval Season!
Katia : )