Celebrating a Year

September 25, 2013

with 4 comments

9.25a.13I awake this morning to an email from Paulo– Joseph B. has visa issues and couldn’t board his flight, and do I have any ideas for how to cover his master class this morning. I email back– whatever you need– and arrive at the beautiful hall at an art museum to find we are giving a joint lecture/demo on bandolim in Brasil and classical mandolin in the USA. And he has brought a Baroque duet we played in concert a couple of years ago. We run through the music once, and use the two movements as book-ends for an impromptu but well-received talk. Paulo has said we a lucky together, and this is just another example of how he is 9.25b.13right. We then head over to UFRJ for the student recitals– that I wouldn’t miss for anything. On the way we pass by Ocupa Camera Rio and demonstrations in the central square, a reminder that the larger world continues beyond our treasured musical myopathy. At the Escola da Musica we hear sets by my former bandmate Marcus, yesterday’s translator Ronaldo, and another student. They have clearly been working hard, and Paulo is a great teacher, so the afternoon is filled with good music, and great joyful enthusiasm. Radim’s concert is next and I have agreed to play a quartet– that I haven’t yet seen– with him and two of the students. But I am so hungry I opt to stop for a grilled chicken sanduiche on the way with two fellow 9.25c.13musicians, rather than rush over to set up. Arriving a few minutes before the start, we run into Ronaldo do Bandolim, and open the door as the quartet is about to rehearse for the first and only time. So I am just in time, Rio-style. The students are thrilled, I sit in the audience with them until it’s our turn to play, remembering similar events that were such a gift to me as a young musician, and the piece is lovely. Fabio translates from the audience, Cainã Cavalcante who played yesterday with Ronaldo– remember that name, what a great player- has been persuaded to accompany R. on one piece that spirals into an inspired jam. And Radim’s program is a hit with the audience. After RdoB grabs me for a photo, introduces me to a Colombian woman who has a bandolim quartet– I give her an Enigmatica CD. Then we are off to Paulo’s Rio Trio playing at a bar in Lapa. This ends up being the late night out— everyone there, drinking, laughing, talking, street musicians playing samba as they pass by. Home so late, overflowing with the events of the day, music and portugues filling my dreams..

Written by mairmusic

September 29, 2013 at 11:44 am

Posted in Rio, September

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  1. Just a delightful post…lots of smiles in this one.


    September 29, 2013 at 2:05 pm

  2. Ditto, Charles. There are many smiles here and more than a bit of underlying gratitude.

    Jamie Dedes

    October 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm

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