Celebrating a Year

April 30, 2018

with 2 comments

Our stay in Rio, sadly, is approaching its end. Impossible to fit in everything in a mere two weeks, but today entwines us in some lovely parting events. We walk to meet Marcilio for lunch, trying to find yet another elusive used-CD store on our way, that turns out, inexplicably, to merely sell hardware. But though the fates thwart us, they bestow another blessing on our walk, as Paul calls ahead to me as I charge toward the restaurant, “Isn’t that Guinga?” I turn, and sure enough, it is. The brilliant composer/performer, one of our heroes, is just stopped on the street adjusting his earbuds, that he graciously removes and we exchange greetings. P. asks permission and takes my photo with the maestro, but I am too starstruck to think to return the favor. Check out some of his music here. We arrive at the restaurant happy and are soon drinking cerveza, eating great food, and swapping books, stories, and laughs with Marcilio, a fabulous bandolimist, arranger, and friend. We linger, knowing we won’t be together again for awhile, and happy just to be sitting here outdoors on this sunny afternoon. We finally say good-bye, and P. and I return home, emerging in the evening go to play in our final roda of the trip. I have played with this group a couple of times before, and this is one of the few unamplified rodas I know of here. It’s a relief to hear the instruments rather than the electronics, and although many of the usual players are missing (probably because tomorrow’s holiday gives a chance for a 4-day sunny week-end) the casual gathering yields some nice musical moments.

Written by mairmusic

May 1, 2018 at 3:36 pm

Posted in April

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  1. It’s been two weeks already…I was just getting into this vicarious vacation…hey aren’t you retired from teaching now…what about you two spending four weeks the next time? :-)

    slpmartin

    May 2, 2018 at 1:13 am


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