Entries tagged with: Brazil
According to local authorities, the soundproofing foam in the nightclub's ceiling was ignited by fireworks set off by the live entertainment.At least 233 people died inside the club in Brazil on Sunday.
Many of the victims died of smoke inhalation inside the club's bathrooms, where investigators believe patrons ended up after mistaking them for exits.
Three people have been arrested in connection with the fire, including one of the club's owners and the band's lead singer. Early reports claimed the club had its safety documents in order, but new testimony suggests that might not be the case.
A video of the band in question (Gurizada Fandangueira), who all escaped the fire except for an accordian player, below...
Brasil Summerfest, a week of NYC concerts, many free, starts today (7/24). Participating venues are Central Park Summerstage, City Winery, Bowery Electric, Nublu, Drom, and SOB's. Browse the festival's website for more info on the shows and artists.
The City Winery show is actually this week's free outdoor edition Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival. Local band Forro in the Dark is on the bill.
photos by kolored
DOWNLOAD: Sue Jorge & Almaz - Everybody Loves The Sunshine (MP3)
Seu Jorge @ Terminal 5 - July 30, 2010
"When Seu Jorge sauntered onstage at the Trocadero [in Philly] on Wednesday night, he seemed to have taken the crowd by surprise. It's not like an artist of his stature to forgo an opening act and start playing at 9 o'clock sharp. Nor is it like Jorge to begin a show without the sunny samba and bossa nova grooves of his native Brazil, but rather with a brooding downer filled with dissonant guitar and anguished wails.Last night (while Spiritualized was occupying Radio City Music Hall), two nights after the Philly show, Seu Jorge and Almaz came to NYC to perform at Terminal 5 (where the National, Flaming Lips, the Black Keys, and Smashing Pumpkins all performed earlier in the week). More pictures and the setlist from that NYC show, and more tour dates, below...
Then again, Jorge's always been a bit difficult to pin down. The singer-songwriter from Rio de Janeiro has made successful turns at acting in widely acclaimed films such as City of God and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic - the latter of which Jorge scored using nothing but David Bowie songs translated to acoustic guitar and Portuguese. Now he's touring with his new band Almaz, in support of their self-titled debut album of bilingual, pan-genre cover songs.
The familiar South American rhythms soon returned to the mix, however, leaving the biggest surprise one even Jorge might not have foreseen: the sparse crowd. With only a couple hundred fans in attendance, the venue left plenty of wiggle room for dancing and cavorting on the floor.
To Almaz's credit, they responded to a lackluster turnout in the best way a band can: by making fools of everyone who wasn't there...
...Using its new album as a template, the band mostly served up covers of everybody from Krautrock progenitors Kraftwerk to famous jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers, through the colorful lens of Brazilian psych-soul. Though even the show's most obscure selections were a delight to hear, highlights included a take on Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust," a medley of Jorge's own material, and a wonderfully laid-back inversion of Michael Jackson's "Rock With You."... [Philadelpha Inquirer]
words & photos by Chris La Putt
DOWNLOAD: Caetano Veloso - Sem Cais (MP3)
"Brazilian pop luminary Caetano Veloso has been called the Bob Dylan of Brazil, and if you're familiar with his celebrated body of work and his revered place in Brazilian culture, you'll understand why. Since he first emerged on the Brazilian music scene as a promising lyricist over 40 years ago, Veloso has been lauded for his singular songwriting, his deftness in forging new musical styles (he was at the forefront of Tropicalismo), and his defiant stance against the oppressive Brazilian government of the '60s. After a four-year exile from his native country, countless albums, a breakthrough in the States and decades of sitting high on the pedestal of pop greats, Veloso continues to make music. On this track from his new album Zii E Zie (out March 30 in the U.S.), Veloso's easy, sunny vocals and guitar warm up a simple melody before the tune takes a turn into slinky, minimalist funk courtesy of Veloso's backing group BandaCê." [WNYC]Download the track above.
Tropicalia pioneer (or Brazilian pop luminary - call him what you want) Caetano Veloso kicked off a US tour at Terminal 5 in NYC last night (4/8). He performed to an extremely excited and what seemed to be a largely (really well-dressed) Brazilian crowd that sung along to almost every tune.
I was expecting a more subdued performance from the famed guitarist but Veloso's music was transformed into a more rocking samba scene with his backing band. Working the stage and pointing to members of the crowd he recognized (maybe David Byrne?), Mr. Veloso seemed perfectly comfortable and happy to be in New York City. He played a number of classics from his 40-year musical career and one of the songs I'm particularly familiar with, "Maria Bethania" which BV fav Olof Arnalds enjoys performing live and is on her 7" record.
Does anyone have the full setlist? More pictures and the setlist from the show below...
Forro in the Dark...
Brazilian group Forró In The Dark kicks off MoMA Music: BRAZIL, a month of musical performances in MoMA's Sculpture Garden, on July 2.Forro in the Dark just played a few tour dates opening for Apostle of Hustle. Those included a June 10th show at the Bowery Ballroom and a June 13th show at Maxwell's. In addition to the MoMa show, the band is scheduled to play a free show at the Stuy Town Oval on July 8th and a day show at the Brooklyn (BKLYN) Yard on July 11th with Nation Beat. Tickets to the July 11th show are on sale. Check out a poster for it below.
MoMA Music: Brazil is part of the MoMA Thursday Nights program, in which the Museum stays open until 8:45 p.m. every Thursday in July and August. Visitors can view MoMA's collection and special exhibitions, and enjoy live music and tapas in the Sculpture Garden. July's musical program features Brazilian rhythms ranging from samba to bossa nova and forró. The series is presented in conjunction with the film exhibition Premiere Brazil 2009 (July 16-August 3), which introduces New York audiences to original and accomplished films by Brazilian filmmakers. Music sets will be performed at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.
As usual, the band is at East Village spot Nublu every Wednesday (though you might want to call ahead to make sure).
Full lineup for the MoMa Thursday nights and all Forro tour dates, below...
Self described as "soulful jazzy motherfunkas & a motherfunkette" from São Paulo, Brazil, the band Garotas Suecas are currently visiting our country. You can catch them tonight, Saturday January 17th, at Glasslands Gallery (New York Night Train party), and then again this Friday January 23rd at Death By Audio with Golden Triangle, Tall Firs, and Metal Mountains. GS also play The Bugjar in Rochester, and then Vassar College this upcoming week before returning to Brazil. You may have also recently caught them at Cake Shop and/or Zebulon.
Friday's flyer, a video and all dates below...
In other David Byrne news, he's been writing about a recent trip to Brazil on his blog. For instance...
Paulinha throws a party at the house in the evening. There is a room with rotating fans set up for dancing (I do) and 2 Baianas on a patio making acarajé and abara (the steamed rather than deep fried version of the bean cake). A bartender makes caipirinhas and batidas out of fresh maracuja (passion fruit).While he was there he also "picked up a pile of CDs" - "Some contemporary stuff like Lenine, but mostly Afro-Samba bands, Northeastern stuff and some other beautifully recorded folkloric artists..." And that's how he programmed his current Radio David Byrne playlist.
Arto Lindsay is here with his wife. I haven't seen him in years. He's been in Salvador for a number of years, but now he's moving to Rio as there will be more work there. Good to see him.
We leave around two and we hear that, at four AM, just as the party was winding down, Seu Jorge and Beth Carvalho (the singers) show up -- both of them with their entourages. The bartenders rolled their eyes as if to say "now the party will start all over again".
He also wrote an interesting blog post about the battle between Bratz and Barbie (Bratz lost).
The above picture is of the Deluxe version of David Byrne and Brian Eno's new album.
All tour dates HERE.