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Brazilian Day in New York, Sunday September 5, 2010

July 26, 2010 Comments Off on Brazilian Day in New York, Sunday September 5, 2010 News

Started in 1984, this annual event commemorating Brazilian Independence Day has grown bigger every year. In 2010, the event will celebrate its 26th anniversary, starting on Saturday, Sept. 4, with the ceremonial Lavagem da Rua 46 — and then the main event, Brazilian Day, on Sunday, September 5, on 46th Street (also known as Little Brazil) and 6th Avenue, near Times Square. Presently the event takes over 25 blocks surrounding Little Brazil. Full information is available here in both Portuguese and English.

This year, in addition to the musical attractions from Brazil (including Carlinhos Brown, Zezé de Camargo & Luciano, and Margareth Menezes), one US-based band will be chosen to perform — the selection will be determined by popular vote, open to anyone who visits the website. To vote, click here, then click on “CLICK AQUÍ PARA VOTAR” which will take you to a page with a long list of bands. Find your favorite, and cast your vote! (Quite a few of them are bands we represent at Cantaloupe Music Productions!)

Sarau para Paulo Moura

July 14, 2010 1 Comment » News

Cliff Korman, a longtime friend and musical collaborator of Paulo Moura, has shared this recounting of an emotional and beautiful last “sarau” (an informal musical gathering) at the clinic in Rio de Janeiro where Paulo Moura was being treated:

“The sarau at the clinic took place on Saturday (July 10), the last full day in which I can say Paulo was able to enjoy and participate. We brought instruments to a veranda overlooking the the view one finds in Gavea, Saõ Conrado, and Tijuca…hills of stone covered with luscious green of the national park, a stunning blue sky.

A good number of friends and musicians were there, amongst them Daniela Spielmann, Marcello Gonçalves, Paulo’s nephew Gabriel Moura, David Feldman, Humberto Araujo (a wonderful saxophonist, former student of Paulo, and now undersecretary of culture) and Wagner Tiso. We warmed up a bit with a Brazilian and American standards, (Embraceable You, which Paulo and I often included in our duo performances, a tune by Donato, a samba of Noel) as we looked for a common repertoire. Paulo soon came out to long and loving applause. In various and changing formations, we played Tarde de Chuva, Barão de Mesquita, and a few other pieces either by Paulo or associated with him. Wagner Tiso arrived, sat at the keyboard to play.  Paulo picked up his clarinet, adjusted it, wet the reed and blew a few notes to get oriented. Wagner asked him what he would like to play, then suggested Doce de Coco. Paulo nodded his agreement, Wagner started up, and by the time the first phrases were complete, Paulo had gathered his strength and musicality, and played. He joined the melody, improvised… and as we all looked on in amazement, we were joined on the veranda by doctors, while some of the other patients, who couldn’t fit  on the veranda, looked on through open windows, all with “boca aberta.”  When it was over, there were more than a few tears, and waves of applause.

That was his last time with the horn in his hands.”

A sad farewell to the great Paulo Moura

July 13, 2010 Comments Off on A sad farewell to the great Paulo Moura News

The legendary instrumentalist/composer/arranger Paulo Moura died last night in Rio de Janeiro after a fight with lymphoma.  He would have been 78 years old on July 14th.

A virtuoso on both saxophone and clarinet, Moura was famous for his versatility, performing virtually all styles of Brazilian music, from choro, samba, jazz and folk, to classical orchestral.

He won a Latin Grammy in 2000 for the best Brazilian roots album and was nominated again in 2004 for best Latin instrumental album.

He was a vital and inspirational presence on the Brazilian music scene for many years.  He will be deeply missed.