Celebrating a Year

September 24, 2013

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9.24b.13I print out 4 pages of notes for my talk and am revising them over breakfast when Paulo appears. Our friend Radim, another performer, has just arrived from the US and his room isn’t ready yet and he is so tired… I hand over my room key and go for a walk in the park next door, stopping in to an exhibit of the Edson Folklore Museum. Alas, the main museum is still closed to repair the flood damage of a couple of years ago, but they have some of the candomble religious artifacts on display here along with videos of parades and festivals. As always, I am struck by the carved wooden body parts, prayers to the saints for healing. I sit on a bench in the sun and begin this week’s poem. Then back to the hotel to collect Radim and head for UFRJ for my palestra. The lecture is well accepted, though the topic is somewhat controversial in this Brazilian but Euro-centric school of music. My student translator Ronaldo and I stand shoulder to shoulder at the mic delivering my nascent theory of hybridity in music between Europe and the Americas. He is thrilled as it validates his feelings, that considering Brazilian music important doesn’t diminish classical music, in fact classical composers have enriched their work by including influences from 9.25a.13the Americas. My friend Marcllio also gives a lecture, on chord theory for bandolim. I’m really glad to see so many of my bandolim friends in the audience, including my teacher Joel Nascimento. But he’s “mad” at me for neglecting him, so hoping this is only a joke; time will tell. Grab a quick snack– will I ever eat a real dinner again?– and head to Ronaldo do Bandolim’s concert. He is playing with two fabulous guitarists, is a genius of Brazilian interpretation, and one of the few links back to the style of Jacob do Bandolim. (sorry, forgot my camera so no pic) Then, because it’s Rio, and I can, I drop Radim back at the hotel and go to Trapiche– my favorite bar– to hear Marcillio and Jaime et al play choro, drink my first caipirinha of the trip, eat pastel do camarao– lighter-than-air fried envelopes of dough filled with shrimp. Home late. Fun chats with the taxistas each way. A stellar day.

Written by mairmusic

September 29, 2013 at 8:54 am

Posted in Rio, September

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  1. What a wonderful way to start the sabbatical and it sounds not only fun but productive.

    slpmartin

    September 29, 2013 at 11:54 am


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