I’m very fond of James Taylor and Carole King’s songs and voices since my teen years. I couldn’t understand what they said then, but my heart transformed what I heard into sweetness, and that was enough for me. When I watched their DVD Live at the Troubadour my heart sang with them. Here’s what James said about his trip to Brasil in 1985:
"I had... sort of bottomed-out in a drug habit, my marriage with Carly had dissolved, and I had basically been depressed and lost for a while, " he recalled in 1995. "I sort of hit a low spot. I was asked to go down to Rio de Janeiro to play in this festival down there. We put the band together and went down and it was just an amazing response. I played to 300,000 people. They not only knew my music, they knew things about it and were interested in aspects of it that to that point had only interested me. To have that kind of validation right about then was really what I needed. It helped get me back on track. The song ‘Only a Dream in Rio’ was written in tribute to that night, with lines like I was there that very day and my heart came back alive.”
"TRIBO" will soon be released in Europe through AfriKool Entertainment in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and France! And I’m happy for Kevin Ricard, Sambaguru's percussionist, who is now playing in the new Tonight Show Band! Here's Kevin on a photo by Helene.
Sunday, Aug. 8 at 4pm with SAMBAGURU
@ Concerts in the Park / Columbia Park (Torrance)
Saturday, Aug. 14 at 5pm with Oscar Castro-Neves
@ Burton Chace Park (Marina del Rey)
Sunday, Aug 15 at 4pm with Samba Society
@ Tropico de Nopal (Echo Park)
Sat, Aug 21 @ 7pm Katia Moraes & Brazilian Hearts
@ ARJONA’S (Long Beach)
Info: (562) 421-8605
Friday, Aug. 27 at 7pm with SAMBAGURU
@ Hollywood Farmers Market (Hollywood)
CONTEMPORARY BRAZILIAN DANCE
Deborah Colker is a Rio native who has her own company since 1994. In 2009 she created and directed the latest Cirque Du Soleil’s “Ovo.” Watch the video. She’s an impressive artist.
Dudamel @ Hollywood Bowl on Thu, Aug. 5
With LA Phil playing Brazilian Villa-Lobos, Falla’s and Ravel.
Seu Jorge @ Club Nokia on Sat, Aug. 14
Grecco Buratto, Quetzal Guerrero, Muamba, and DJ Mark Maxwell
Wed, Aug 18th at 9pm @ Zanzibar (Brasil Cultura Funk)
1301 5th St. Santa Monica (5th & Arizona)
Sunday, Aug 22 at 6pm @ Ford Amphitheatre
Yogananda: Avatar of the New Age. A Talk by Swami Kriyananda. It’s FREE if
you register online at:
Carla Hassett (Solo)
Mon, Aug 30 at 8pm @ Good Music Mondays in the lobby bar of the
Renaissance Hotel. Highland & Hollywood. No cover!
I met musician Derf Reklaw when he joined Viver Brasil Dance Company for the premiere of ALAFIA / Harmony at Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. He told me he had traveled to São Paulo, Brasil to be part of a movie documenting Brazilian drummers meeting Djs who were influenced by Brazilian rhythms. The movie is called “Brasiliantime.” It features Wilson das Neves, Mamão, João Parahyba, among others. Check it out!
THE RUNAWAYS (Women Rock!)
(With Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart, among others)
Here's my band in Brasil in the 1980's!
ELECTION FOR PRESIDENT IN BRASIL
“On one occasion,
my father painted the whole house
a brilliant orange.
We lived for a long time in a house,
as he said himself,
(By Brazilian poet Adelia Prado)
Peace, kiss and blessings,
Katia : )