Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Chico Pinheiro: Listen and fall in love

If there is love at first sight, there must be love at first sound! The first time I listened to Chico Pinheiro, he was playing “Lamento”, a song from Vinicius de Moraes. Besides playing beautifully the guitar, he has a soft voice also. It was definitely love at first sound!

After listening to “Lamento” I started looking for more songs. Pretty soon I became a fan. My favorite song is “Tema Em 3”, a song composed and arranged by the talented Chico Pinheiro. You can listen to this song by clicking here. If you like the song you can buy it and others of his album “Chico Pinheiro” at iTunes. The guy behind the wonderful piano in this song is Fabio Torres. Great performance!

I can’t wait to go to Brazil next week and buy his album with another of my favorite guitar players, Anthony Wilson! They recorded the album “NOVA” in São Paulo, in June, 2006. NOVA includes eight original songs and compositions by Wayne Shorter, João Donato and Dorival Caymmi. The album has the participation of my cousin Paulo Paulleli, my favorite bass player ever! You can check the song "Café com Pão", from João Donato, from the album NOVA in the Brazilian radio show, Vozes do Brasil. Pay attention to the percussion my cousin makes with his mouth. I saw him doing it at Blue Note, in New York. Genius!
Paulo Paulleli, Anthony Wilson and Chico Pinheiro - source: http://www.anthonywilsonmusic.com/images.html

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Brazil is the guest of honor in Madrid

The 27th edition of Madrid International Contemporary Art Fair (27 Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo) or ARCO, as it is best known, has Brazil as the guest of honor. ARCO is one of the largest contemporary art fairs in the world, with 295 international galleries from 34 countries. The organizers of ARCO directed their attention to Brazil because Brazil is one of the key emerging markets internationally, with one of the most exciting art scenes nowadays.

Brazil is going to be represented by 31 galleries and 128 artists exhibiting their paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations, and also performing in the new pavilion “Performing Arco”. The Brazilian performers will be Marcos Paulo Rolla, Franklin Cassaro and Cabelo. The artist Caetano Almeida from the gallery Luisa Strina was chosen to be part of “Solo Projects”, a section of ARCO with projects made by a single artist. Most of the “Solo Projects” were specifically created for the Fair and all of them were previously selected by an international committee. More than 40 artists were selected for the “Solo Projects”, from countries like the United Kingdom, France, Spain, the United States and Japan.

The art in ARCO is valued at 100 to 300,000 euros. In the section dedicated to video art and new technologies, “Expanded Box”, the most expensive piece of art is the installation “Infinito ao Cubo”, from the Brazilian Rejane Cantoni, which is valued at 120,000 euros! Do you have your checkbook ready?

ARCO will be open to public from Feb 15 – Feb 18, 2008. So, if your are close to Madrid, don’t miss the chance to check what is going on with contemporary art in Brazil and other countries!

Wave Field, from Rui Toscano (Source: http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/folha/bbc/ult272u372016.shtml)
TEPMOAH-1, from Lia Chaia (Source: http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/folha/ilustrada/ult90u371279.shtml Infinito ao Cubo, from Rejane Cantoni (Source: http://connectingurbanspaces.blogspot.com/2007/07/infinito-ao-cubo-rejane-cantoni-e.html)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Winner of YouTube Project: Direct

I know I am way too late to say this, but CONGRATULATIONS!! My congratulations go to Flavia Lacerda and Adriana Falcão, director and writer of the Brazilian short movie that won the “Project: Direct”, a YouTube short movie competition.

They were declared winners on Dec 7, 2007, and I was just made aware of it tonight thanks to a great fan of Brazilian culture and a wonderful blogger, the Belgium John Baeyens. Obrigada John!! I’ve just read his post on Emerging South Network and thought I could congratulate the girls for such delicate, intelligent and cute short movie. It is not too late, right? If you were a little bit out of this world like me lately, and didn’t have the chance to watch the movie, check it out here:

Oscar Niemeyer, 100 years old!

The most renowned architect from Brazil completed 100 years of age in the end of last year. If you ever went to Brazil, you probably saw some of his buildings. Among the most famous buildings are the “Copan”, the “Memorial da América Latina” and the buildings at the Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo; the “Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói” in Rio de Janeiro state; the “Catedral Metropolitana” in Brasilia; the “Igreja de São Francisco”, in Pampulha, Belo Horizonte.

Leonardo Finotti, a Brazilian photographer, specialized in architecture, traveled around Brazil and other countries to shoot buildings planned by the famous Brazilian architect. You can visit his exhibition, “100 fotos, obras, anos de Oscar Niemeyer” (100 photographs, buildings, years of Oscar Niemeyer) at “Museu da Electricidade”, in Lisbon, Portugal, until March 2.

Copan Building, downtown São Paulo, Brazil - picture taken by Rodrigo Ferroni (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rolifer/2253137467/)
Catedral Metropolitana, Brasília, Brazil - link

The World as a Stage

This is the title of the new exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. You can visit the exhibition until April 27. If you are nearby, check the installation from the Brazilian Renata Lucas, “Falha”, which reminds us of a temporary theater stage.

Renata Lucas is well known in Brazil, having participated in the 27th Bienal de São Paulo in 2006 and has exhibited also in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte.
She is now taking her first steps towards an international career. In the end of 2007, she participated in the exhibition “The World as a Stage”, at the Tate Modern, in London, with her installation called “The Visitor”. She introduced a diagonal section of trees and bushes into the planned gallery’s yard, transforming a controlled and harmonic environment into chaos. Renata Lucas said she “tried to reproduce the exact position of the plants in the forest so the apparent naturalness of the scene contrasted with the artificiality of the garden.”

If you’re thinking the exhibition was inspired by theater, you’re right. “The World as a Stage” was inspired by the play “As You Like It”, from Shakespeare, who wrote “all the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” So, if you don't want to be a bad actor, give your best performance every day! And, as the artists say, break a leg!

"Falha", from Renata Lucas - picture taken by John Kennard (http://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/exhibit/world-as-stage/)