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Leia esse entrevista sobre o meu passado e a música que revela a minha personalidade!
It has been an incredible journey since I moved to Los Angeles from Rio de Janeiro. I'm grateful and honored to have composed, recorded, and performed with generous and talented people with whom I've learned so much.
In reality, though, musicians are not the only artists who have enriched my life.
At the end of 2012, I started a nightly practice of drawing. Those drawings brought me to meet a special woman named Nancy Young from a non-profit called Art Trek, Inc. Nan became my mentor, and she introduced me to one of the most fun ways to draw: blind contour. Blind contour drawing is a drawing exercise where an artist draws the contour of a subject without looking at the paper. In May 2017, during a trip to southern Florida, and after I had recorded two new songs in LA, I colored and decorated 15 blind contour drawings of my musician friends and decided to make a collection. The emotional abstract drawings made me see myself in my peers. With that in mind, I decided to combine the release of the new songs: “Mistureba” and “Arranhado,” with a drawing exhibition called, “Portraits of Peers – Me in Them.”
Mistureba is Brazilian slang and means “hodgepodge.” In this song I say I'm a mix of all human beings who came before me and the people who crossed my life so far. They all speak inside of me, from ancestors to teachers, friends, and even not so friendly human beings.
"Who told me to quiet down? To get married, to wash and iron?
Who told me money would only bring me loneliness?
Who told me to fight? Who told me to pray?
Who told me to go out there and make this world a better place so it would reflect back into my life? They all speak inside of me.
I want to dedicate Mistureba to my family, friends, peers, and to whomever takes the time to be mindful and heartfelt – the basic steps to courageously change the inner world and, consequently, the outer world.
I'd be very happy if you would join me on Sunday, September 24 at 8:30pm @ Blue Whale in downtown Los Angeles for a live show + drawing exhibition!
It'll feature João Pedro Mourão on guitar, Isaías Elpes on bass, Uziel Colón on keys, and Felipe Fraga on drums.
Special guests: Ted Falcon on mandolin, Nando Duarte on 7-string guitar, Clarice Cast on percussion, and actress Mariana Leite.
Yes, I love surprises.
And I promise one for you.
Let's hug and kiss. Live. ;-)
P.S.: The Mistureba video will be released on August 24. Stay tuned!
Blue Whale - Weller Court Plaza 3rd floor
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite.301
Los Angeles, CA 90012 bluewhalemusic.com
Here I am, looking at some of the books above my desk while writing to you... I LOVE reading autobiographies. It's a great opportunity to learn about our human condition. The stories inside of the stories inspire me to create the annual shows for the Brazilian Heart series, and bring wisdom and compassion into my life.
I feel blessed for reading in Portuguese and English, and wish I could read in other languages. It takes a long time to grasp the details of a culture; the desires and behavior of human beings born in a different country. Said that, it was very exciting to know a little bit about Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald this winter, in preparation for writing the script of Brazilian Heart, a Celebration in collaboration with Mariana Leite and Deborah Edler-Brown. I also reviewed fases of Tom Jobim's life (he would be 90 years old this year), and added moving stories and quotes of all these artists among songs written by Cole Porter, Ivan, Lins, George and Ira Gershwin, Chico Buarque, Duke Ellington and Bob Russell, Dori Caymmi, and many other composers. The artists' words enchanted not only non-English speaking people from the audience, but the original people of this land who had the opportunity to be reminded how powerful their culture is, and what an important role they (we all) play in each other's life.
It's a miracle how we pull together these shows with just one general meeting and two musical rehearsals. What a blessing to make magic on stage! And speaking about magic and miracle, the biggest one this year, was the presence of soulful dancer Laila Abdullah substituting my friend Nagodê who got injured. Lailah brought the soul of 1930's dance to the stage and embodied Ella Fitzgerald's early desire to express herself. Like I said on the scene created to pay homage to Ella's Centennial:
"One day I woke up and everything made sense. Ella is "she" in Portuguese. She wanted to dance and ended singing. Lucky us."
Kátia sits down with scholar-artist Anna B. Scott to talk about future and past of Brazilian Heart, A celebration, opening at the Electric Lodge on March 3, 2017.