Friday, November 30, 2012

December 2012 / Since 1998

I was writing lyrics for a new song the other day when I got a call from engineer/producer Lynne Earls saying our song CABEÇA (Earls, Buratto, Moraes) is one of the finnalists of the USA Songwriting Contest 2012!
Have you seen Cabeça's video? Check it out. The song is part of my EP produced by Lynne that will be released on January 26, 2013. I'll also be exhibiting my drawings for the first time! YES! SIM! Here we go! One more adventure!

Tuesday, December 4 at 9pm @ Blue Whale
Sambaguru - The Original Quartet
123 Astronaut E S Onisuka St. Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Info: (213) 620-0908
Featuring Bill Brendle, Tony Shogren and Hussain Jiffry.
With my friend Tony Shogren many years ago at La Ve Lee - the old music hang in Studio City, CA

@ Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA)
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DAY OF THE SAMBA (December 2)

By Brazilian painter Di Cavalcanti (1897-1976)
In Los Angeles, The Day of the Samba will be celebrated on December 27 @ Zanzibar (Santa Monica) with Samba Society. I'll be there : )

My first bike made by CALOI. Actually it was my sister's bike! In the 1960's Caloi became very popular producing folding bicycles. The company was founded by an Italian immigrant in 1898 in São Paulo.

And here's my mental bike...

"Quando a gente acha que tem todas as respostas, vem a vida e muda todas as perguntas."
(When we think we know all the answers, Life comes and changes all the questions)
By Brazilain writer Luís Fernando Veríssimo

Peace, Joy, Art & Wisdom!
Feliz Natal
Feliz Ano Novo

Kátia : )

By my beautiful cousin...she was a young girl when she painted it. This image always makes me smile : )

So far, I've mailed my cards to Florida, New Mexico, Maryland and many parts of California. Send me a message if you wanna get a set or if you have a sugestion of a place that would love to sell it. Thank you / Obrigada.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Brazilian Heart 
November 2012
Since 1998

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night urging to write something down? Is it an artist habit? Here's one of my notes after drawing and coloring...

"Ah, nothing changes but the forever moving.
While expressions continue and colors explode on paper
The heart unconsciously smile at actions and seconds.
All is perfect:
The movement and devotion contained in them,
The inner sun and the lack of competition in Nature."

Few years back, my yoga teacher told me to embrace and trust. When I started drawing this last August, I decided to do just that; I let the pen move to create what wanted to be created. Then, I received a lovely quote by Don Heckman from the International Review of Music:
"Katia has done something remarkable with her drawings. She's found a way to visually transform the rich, dynamic emotions of her dancing and singing into the equally high spirited colors and imagery of her drawings. The results are irresistible." 

Design by Silvia Barandier from Brazil Today Newspaper based in San Francisco. Obrigada : )

Tuesday, November 6th at 7:30pm (YES! ELECTION DAY!)
@ The Charleston
2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Featuring Roberto Montero on guitar, Zé Bruno Eisemberg on drums and Antonio Sant'Anna on bass.

With bassist Antonio Sant'Anna few years back.
Happy belated birthday, Santa!

Ary was born in Ubá, Minas Gerais on November 7, 1903. Coincidently, he passed away on Carmem Miranda's birthday, who was his personal friend and recorded many of his songs.
Here's his first success "Vamos Deixar de Intimidade" (1929) with Mário Reis and Pan American Orchestra. 

Spanish singer/actress Sara Montiel singing Ary Barroso's "A Baixa do Sapateiro" in the 1964 documentary "Samba" by Rafael Gil. Cool scenes of city of Salvador, Bahia. 

"Rio de Janeiro" from the movie "Brazil"that was nominated for Best Song in 1943.

Last but not least, his big success in the US and all around the world, "Aquarela do Brasil." Here's a scene from the Walt Disney animation.


With singers Gretchen Parlato and Jessica Jeza Vautor, and guitarist/composer/arranger Marcel Camargo during Marcel's project "Brazil as You Never Heard" at The Virgil in Los Angeles.

THE BRAZILIAN HOUR - Music+Video+Podcast+Streaming
This radio programa was created in 1978 by the Cultural Sector of the Brazilian Consulate in Los Angeles and is written and produced by Sergio Mielniczenko. Check it out!

"When I was born
A crazy, very crazy angel
Come to read my palm
It wasn't a Baroque angel
It was a crazy, crooked angel
With wings like a plane
And behold, this angel told me
Pressing my hand
With a clenched smile"
Go on, pal, sing off key
In the happy people's choir."

By Torquato Neto - poet/lyricist and one of the founders of the Tropicalism Movement in Brasil.

Peace, Joy and VOTE!
Katia : )

Phelps visiting the Brazilian younger swimmers at Complexo do Alemão (group of favelas outside of Rio de Janeiro)