Recap from trip to Brazil
On my last communication with you I was very short on telling about my time spent in Brazil. Although I don’t intend to share a diary, I would love to share some of the good times I spent there and maybe even introduce you to some of the great people I got to spend a little time with. (more details on my blog at myspace.com./keniabrazil)
First and foremost, I went to visit and celebrate with my ailing father as he turned 84 years young, and we had a blast. My mom’s great food (not so good for the waist however), my super funny sisters and super talented nephews and nieces, all made for an entertaining trip (for real!).
I had the chance to hear some great music! Maybe not what some of you might expect but certainly some treasures I’ve been longing for. Not necessarily main stream, not necessarily alternative…. Truly a trip to the past and reacquaintance, if you will, with my beginnings… I spent a lot of time visiting with Alfredinho at Bip Bip in Copacabana where I spent most of my late teens and early 20’s… I don’t really want go into details, but we surely had a good time reminiscing and enjoying the great music he has been been supporting for over 40 years. Love Alfredinho!!!!!
Spending time with my sister Tania, who plays guitar and is now studying flute at the Choro School lead by Luciana Rabello and Mauricio Carrillio, was , as we say in the US, priceless… I attended a couple of amazing classes there with Oscar Bolao (Mr. Percussion by the way) and Luciana Rabello herself. Totally unbelievable stuff going on in there… KUDOS!!!!!
I also had a chance to spend a Wednesday evening at the Trapiche Gamboa in Praca Maua… As we say in Rio… “e tudo de bom!!!!!”(It's all good!) That’s what I call “spending an evening in the REAL music of Rio”. SAMBA DE FATO with Alfredo Del-Penho e Pedro Amorim in the lead, the group is the epitome of groove and entertaining. It was an evening of powerful energy, not to mention that the beer was always chilled and the caipirinhas were out of this world! This historic location also carries some seriously significant musical tradition. A must go on your next or first trip.
Well, enough of that. Please visit my website at www.kenialive.com next week to check out some pictures.
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Wednesday, June 4th: at Schenley Plaza Pittsburgh Live Music Festival - from 12 noon to 1:30PM - with Colter Harper on guitar. For more info please contact: http://www.schenleyplaza.org/programs.php
Tuesday July 22nd : at BackStage Bar - JazzLive Series - fromm 8:00 to 11:00 PM at Theater Square Downtown Pittsburgh. For more info please contact: http://www.pgharts.org/venues/backstagebar.aspx
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