Sunday, January 30, 2011

Quote of The Day

"Each night, when I go to sleep, I die.
And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn."

Mahatma Gandhi

Friday, January 28, 2011

New York City Tip - Music

If you are in NY...

WAYNE SHORTER QUARTER is playing at TOWN HALL on February 9th, at 8pm

Wayne Shorter - Regarded as one of the most significant and prolific performers and composers in jazz and modern music, National Endowment for the Arts' "American Jazz Master" Wayne Shorter has an outstanding record of professional achievement in his historic career as a musician and composer. He has received substantial recognition from his peers, including 9 Grammy® Awards and 13 Grammy® nominations to date.

Shorter was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers from 1958 through 1962. In 1964 Miles Davis invited Shorter to go on the road with his band, which also included Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and Ron Carter. Shorter stayed with Davis for six years, recording a dozen albums with him, and creating a new sound with a bandleader who changed the face of music.

In 1970, Shorter co-founded the group Weather Report with keyboardist and Miles Davis alum, Joe Zawinul. Weather Report was the premier fusion group through the '70s and into the early '80s. Shorter then formed his own group in 1986.

In the summer of 2001 Shorter began touring as the leader of a talented young lineup featuring pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade, each a celebrated recording artist and bandleader in his own right. The ensemble features one of the finest rhythm sections in jazz.

Danilo Pérez’ distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz, covering the music of the Americas, folkloric and world music, has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Perez recently released a Grammy®-nominated album entitled Providencia, his “most ambitious album since Motherland," notes the Wall Street Journal.

Drummer Brian Blade recently collaborated with Daniel Lanois on his Black Dub CD and tour project. In between Wayne Shorter Quartet concerts and recording and touring with Lanois, Blade also performs with his own Fellowship Band.

A Grammy®-winning acoustic and electric bassist, John Patitucci is not only known for his work with Shorter, but has attracted worldwide acclaim as one of today's most influential musicians and composers. In 2009, Patitucci, released a project for Concord Jazz, Remembrance, a remarkable Grammy® nominated outing.

This concert celebrates the Quartet’s 10th anniversary and is their first NYC performance since 2008.

source of info: www.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Quote of The Day

illustration by acp

A friend of mine sent this to me today and I think it is just precious! So I decided to share it.

"May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us." -
-I could not figure out who wrote this, unfortunately. Thought it was St. Teresa but received an email telling me that it's not hers. If you know who wrote it, please let me know. Thanks!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Do you know Phineas?

I am listening to Afternoon in Paris (Here is Phineas) now and decided to share a bit of info on this mystery man & amazing musician!


One of the most technically skilled and brilliant pianists in jazz during his prime, Phineas Newborn remains a bit of a mystery. Plagued by mental and physical problems of unknown origin, Newborn faded from the scene in the mid-'60s, only to re-emerge at irregular intervals throughout his life. Newborn could be compared to Oscar Peterson in that his bop-based style was largely unclassifiable, his technique was phenomenal, and he was very capable of enthralling an audience playing a full song with just his left hand.

He started out working in Memphis R&B bands with his brother, guitarist Calvin Newborn, and recorded with local players including B.B. King in the early '50s. Brief stints with Lionel Hampton and Willis Jackson preceded a period in the military (1952-1954). After moving to New York in 1956, Newborn astounded fans and critics alike. Although he worked briefly with Charles Mingus (1958) and Roy Haynes, Newborn usually performed at the head of a trio or quartet. His early recordings for Atlantic (1956), Victor, Roulette, and Contemporary are quite outstanding. Unfortunately, after the mid-'60s, Newborn's profile dropped sharply, and although there were further recordings for Contemporary (1969), Atlantic (1969), Pablo (1976) and the Japanese Philips (1977) label, and although he still sounded strong when appearing in public, the pianist was in danger of being forgotten by most of the jazz world during his last decade. Spending most of his time in Memphis, he was an inspiration to many younger pianists including James Williams, Harold Mabern, Mulgrew Miller, Donald Brown, and Geoff Keezer, who after Newborn's death would dedicate their work as the Contemporary Piano Ensemble to him. Fortunately, the episode of Jazz Scene USA that features Phineas Newborn in 1962 has been made available on a video by "Shanachie."

*source of info:

wikipedia and

~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

@ pandora

Amor em 4 atos - Ela Faz Cinema - HD

Muito Bom!!!

My view

click on the picture to enlarge

This picture was taken from my living room window at noon today.
Temperature -9°C.
Cold New York City!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

10 COUNTRIES and counting.....

So cool to find out that just this month I've already had visitors from Portugal, South Korea, United Kingdom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Canada, Netherlands, Philippines, and of course Brazil and USA.

Quote of The Day

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Quote of The Day

rose at my grandma's house, this morning

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which
springs from the soul.

~Henry Ward Beecher

Friday, January 21, 2011

Jun Sakamoto

Simply the BEST Japanese restaurant in Brazil. No question.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Nature's fury - right around the corner.

LOCATION: Rua Pará between Rua Bahia and Rua Ceará - São Paulo/Brazil

Nature's fury - right around the corner.
This is the result of a 10 minute tropical storm that happened this afternoon, here in São Paulo. These pictures were taken half a block from my family's home.


A friend of mine told me about this place in NYC and I am dying to try it. It sounds great!
Check it out:

"YeloSpa was created and designed to be a sanctuary to help urbanites deal with the pressures of modern life through a unique combination of spa and wellness treatments.

Upon arrival you are immediately wrapped in a warm and peaceful color scheme inspired by the robes and sash of Tibetan Monks. Sip artisanal tea from a floating Lantern and refresh with a scented hot towel as you embark on your Yelo journey.

Your session takes place in a cocoon-like treatment room called the YeloCab where you can completely customize your aromatherapy, sound and lighting and enjoy a mini-vacation in the heart of New York City.

Whether experiencing a Yelo Reflexology or Nap session in our zero gravity Yelo Chair or rejuvenating your mind and body with a Swedish Massage and Glow Facial, you will emerge feeling revived, refreshed and balanced."

As soon as I try it I will let you know how good it is! :)


I Went to visit Yelo Spa! WHAT A TREAT!
Being a big Spa-goer (I admit, I am a spa addict) and a snob at it (I can turn into a not so nice person if the treatment I get is not up to my standards) I have to say that I was most pleased with my experience at Yelo. From the moment I walked in I felt welcomed and my visit started on a good note. I was psyched to try what they call the 20/20 which is 20 minutes of shoulder or foot massage followed by 20 minutes of YeloNap. The session takes place in a cocoon-like treatment room called the YeloCab where you can customize your aromatherapy, sound and lighting.

I laid back on a zero-gravity experience YeloChair where my knees were lifted above my chest allowing for my heart rate to slow down. I was told by my therapist that his helps to induce a deep state of relaxation. And indeed it did. After a very relaxing twenty minutes foot massage, lights went off and I felt as if I was transported to another dimension.

Twenty minutes later the cabin began to lighten (the gradual lighting simulates the sunrise) and it was time to go back to reality. But now fully rested and relaxed.

I can’t wait to try the other treatments at Yelo! I loved everything about this place. It is a very unique SPA with a great concept.

*if link does not work, please copy and paste

Monday, January 17, 2011

Quote of The Day

In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness he finds not half the pleasure in the possession that he proposed to himself in the expectation.

Robert South

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Quote of the Day

All the happiness you ever find lies in you ~ Anonymous

Friday, January 14, 2011

Taxi ride in Rio. Corrida de taxi no Rio ao som do Rei.

Autoincorrect from the NYT


Pity poor Hannah, who received a startling text message on her cellphone, sent from her father: “Your mom and I are going to divorce next month.”

After Hannah registered her alarm, her father quickly texted back: “I wrote ‘Disney,’ and this phone changed it. We are going to Disney.”

Welcome to the world of smartphone autocorrection, where incautious typing can lead to hilarious and sometimes shocking results. With the rapid success of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android phones, more and more people are discovering the pitfalls of tapping on a virtual keyboard. Just as the spell-check feature in a word-processing program tries to save you from your own sloppy typing, either by politely suggesting alternatives or by automatically replacing egregious errors, the latest mobile devices are supposed to take care of your typos — but often fail with comic results.

Back in June, The Times’s technology columnist, David Pogue, blogged about some “autocorrect follies” sent to him by his readers, full of howlers like “Sorry about your feces” when “Sorry about your fever” was intended. Pogue sagely advised, “Especially when your boss, your parents or your love interest is the recipient of your e-mail or text message, it’s worth taking an extra moment to proofread.”

These vast new opportunities for social embarrassment are now being charted by the Web site Damn You Auto Correct! (D.Y.A.C. for short), where victims of autocorrect are invited to submit screen grabs of their most inglorious gaffes. Though D.Y.A.C. wasn’t the first to exploit this concept (a Tumblr feed with an unprintable twist on “iPhone” came first), it has quickly become an online sensation. Within days after Jillian Madison, co-founder of the Pophangover Network, set up the site in late October, D.Y.A.C. started getting a million daily page views, with hundreds of submissions every day. And now Madison has parlayed that success into a D.Y.A.C. book, due out in March.

Madison runs D.Y.A.C. as a one-person operation, slogging through submissions to find at least 25 new ones to post to the site every day, as well as keeping good ones in reserve for the book. “It consumes pretty much every waking moment,” she told me. “For now I’m enjoying it. It’s a crazy ride.”

Hannah’s screen grab of her father’s “divorce” message is one of the most popular (and least risqué) of the recent submissions to D.Y.A.C., but it was also hotly debated by commenters who doubted the possibility that a smartphone could autocorrect “Disney,” however badly typed, into “divorce.” In the comments, Hannah defended the exchange as authentic. “This actually happened to me and almost gave me a heart attack,” she averred, blaming the work of her father’s “fat fingers.”

The problem is that the results of such “fat-finger errors” are often not reproducible: iPhones, Android phones and other smartphones learn from the patterns of individual users so that suggested replacements are tailored to the history of a given phone, with a focus on recent and frequently used words. Since every phone develops a unique textual footprint, automatic corrections can vary from one device to another. (Madison, for her part, says that she and a pool of friends try to recreate the D.Y.A.C. submissions on their own cellphones before they are put up on the site.)

Despite these idiosyncrasies, amusement and frustration at the incorrectness of autocorrect are near-universal, particularly for users of the iPhone. Because the iPhone requires precise tapping to decline a pending suggestion, even seasoned users may miss the opportunity to pull back an autocorrected goof before sending it off. Moreover, the iPhone isn’t always adept at handling words typed with letters repeated for emphasis (a common style in text messaging). Thus yeahhhh will get changed to uranium, simply based on the proximity of letters on the keyboard.

Taboo words are another sticky subject. Designers of autocorrect word lists are clearly careful to avoid certain obscenities, even going overboard by changing hell to he’ll when it’s not warranted. And yet, as a visit to D.Y.A.C. swiftly indicates, there’s a whole universe of questionable vocabulary that can slip through unbidden. To take a relatively benign example, an invitation to a “boardgame night” got changed to a “bisexuals night” — because the iPhone’s dictionary included board game only with a space in the middle, and bisexualshappened to fulfill the “fat finger” proximity criteria.

All of this recalls an earlier era of computer-aided miscorrections. When the 1997 edition of Microsoft Word introduced its background spell-checker, some of the on-the-fly substitutions were a little off the mark. Most notoriously, cooperation was rendered by the autocorrect feature as Cupertino, since the spell-checker dictionary recognized co-operation only with a hyphen. When translators for the European Union started noticing the name of a Northern Californian town (coincidentally, the home of Apple Inc.) creeping into their documents, they coined “the Cupertino effect” to describe such unwanted spell-checker changes.

Microsoft’s Natural Language Processing group subsequently tinkered with its algorithms to make sure that only truly obvious errors are autoreplaced (like teh for the), and it has also continually expanded the spell-checker dictionary to keep up to date. (Instant updates helped when the first release of Office 2007 didn’t contain Obama, unfortunately recommending Osama in its place.) Now much of that R.&D. has been repurposed for Microsoft’s own mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7, a direct competitor to the iPhone and Android platforms. The Windows phone won’t spare us from the cellular counterpart of the Cupertino effect, however. Errant thumbs and fickle spelling will keep autocorrect developers guessing for a long time to come.

Ben Zimmer will answer one reader question every other week. Send your queries to You can follow Mr. Zimmer on Twitter at and Facebook.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Here we go on the same Cat'n'Luggage subject...
what on Eartha Kitt's name is the friggin mystery between cats and luggage!!!
Getting ready for my trip tomorrow and just look at my carry on and my hand bag! Dudes!!! I love you but go chase some bugs or somethin'! :)

Happy Birthday Joe Pass

Joe Pass (born Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua) (January 13, 1929 – May 23, 1994) was an American jazz guitarist of Sicilian descent. His extensive use of walking basslines, melodic counterpoint during improvisation, use of a chord-melody style of play and outstanding knowledge of chord inversions and progressions opened up new possibilities for jazz guitar and had a profound influence on future guitarists.

Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Joe Pass, the son of Mariano Passalaqua, a Sicilian-born steel mill worker, was raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Born into a non-musical family, Pass started to play the guitar after being inspired by actor Gene Autry's portrayal of a guitar playing cowboy. He received his first guitar, a Harmony model bought for $17, on his 9th birthday. Pass' father recognized early that his son had "a little something happening" and pushed him constantly to pick up tunes by ear, play pieces not written specifically for the instrument, practice scales and not to "leave any spaces" - that is, to fill in the sonic space between the notes of the melody.

As early as 14, Pass started getting gigs and was playing with bands fronted by Tony Pastor and Charlie Barnet, honing his guitar skills and learning the music business. He began traveling with small jazz groups and eventually moved from Pennsylvania to New York City. In a few years, he fell victim to drug abuse, and spent much of the 1950s in relative obscurity. Pass managed to emerge from it through a two-and-a-half-year stay at Synanon, drug rehabilitation program. During that time he played guitar non stop and further honed his skills. In 1962 he recorded The Sounds of Synanon.

Pass recorded a series of albums during the 1960s for the Pacific Jazz label, including the early classics Catch Me, 12-String Guitar, For Django, and Simplicity. In 1963, Pass received Downbeat magazine's "New Star Award". Pass was also featured on Pacific Jazz recordings by Gerald Wilson, Bud Shank, and Les McCann. Pass toured with George Shearing in 1965. Mostly, however, during the 1960s he did TV and recording session work in Los Angeles.

He was a sideman with Louis Bellson, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Della Reese, Johnny Mathis, and worked on TV shows including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, The Steve Allen Show, and others. In the early 1970s, Pass and guitarist Herb Ellis were performing together regularly at Donte's jazz club in Los Angeles. This collaboration led to Pass and Ellis recording the very first album on the new Concord Jazz label, entitled simply Jazz/Concord (#CJS-1), along with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jake Hanna. In the early 1970s, Pass also collaborated on a series of music books, and his Joe Pass Guitar Style (written with Bill Thrasher) is considered a leading improvisation textbook for students of jazz.

Norman Granz, the producer of Jazz at the Philharmonic and the founder of Verve Records signed Pass to Granz's new Pablo Records label in 1970. In 1974, Pass released his landmark solo album Virtuoso on Pablo Records. Also in 1974, Pablo Records released the album The Trio featuring Pass, Oscar Peterson, and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. At the Grammy Awards of 1975, The Trio won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance by a Group. As part of the Pablo Records "stable," Pass also recorded with Benny Carter, Milt Jackson, Herb Ellis, Zoot Sims, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, and others.

Pass and Ella Fitzgerald recorded six albums together on Pablo Records, toward the end of Fitzgerald's career: Take Love Easy (1973), Fitzgerald and Pass... Again (1976), "Hamburg Duets - 1976" (1976), "Sophisticated Lady" (1975, 1983), Speak Love (1983), and Easy Living (1986).

In 1994, Joe Pass died from liver cancer in Los Angeles, California at the age of 65


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Quote of The Day

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.
- Thomas Jefferson


(thanks Mom)

The whole world is open with all its treasures. The simplest objects have their beauty...Every land, every parish, has its own tale to tell. And there are many lands differing from each other in countless ways, and each presenting delicious variants of colour, light, form, and definition...Good gracious! what there is to admire and how little time there is to see it in!

~ Winston Churchill

Monday, January 10, 2011

Quote of The Day

Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture. ~Kak Sri

Sunday, January 9, 2011

My favorite SPOT

The restaurant Spot opened in 1994, and is located in a square of illuminated fountains. The restaurant itself is surrounded by skyscrapers, not surprising as it‘s only half a block from Avenida Paulista. The menu is creative, and brings influences from many areas. Some dishes, due to popularity, have been on the menu since the restaurant opened. The menu consists mostly of grilled meat, chicken and fish, but also features pasta dishes as well as daily specials.

Rua Min. Rocha Azevedo, 72. Avenida Paulista. Tel. 283 0946.
Open Weekdays 12pm-3pm, 8pm-1am; Weekends 1pm-4:30pm, 8pm-1am

source of info:

Sta Clara poderosa!

Santa Clara Linda iluminada, comparecendo!!! Dia maravilhoso! Solaço show, merecido da galera Paulistana. Domingão gold!!

Agradecendo a graça!!!


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Quote of The Day

"Successful people have an abundance mentality. The keys to success are all around us if we pay attention and listen." - Unknown

Vamos colaborar?

Troque as lâmpadas e evite uma termelétrica

Se todas as famílias brasileiras trocassem apenas duas lâmpadas comuns de casa por fluorescentes, a economia gerada evitaria a construção de uma nova usina termelétrica no país, o tipo que mais emite gases de efeito estufa.

Friday, January 7, 2011

A palavra de ordem mundial é ser como o Brasil

Li na revista da TAM, na ponte-aérea RIO-SP e resolvi postar. Bem legal essa entrevista com o Jorge Mautner. Vale a pena ler.


A palavra de ordem mundial é ser como o Brasil

{dezembro de 2010}

Não é de hoje que o filósofo, escritor, cantor e compositor está na trincheira da luta pela cultura brasileira. Integrante da Tropicália nos anos 1970, já defendia que no Brasil aconteceria “a nova coisa” desde o seu livro de estreia – Deus da Chuva e da Morte, publicado em 1962 e vencedor do prêmio Jabuti daquele ano. O carioca conversou com o Almanaque na sua cidade pouco antes de embarcar para o Recife. Lá, o autor da trilogia do Kaos lançaria com o maracatu Estrela de Ouro o álbum Kaosnavial. A parceria teve início nas viagens que fez por todo o País, apresentando pontos de cultura na série Amálgama Brasil, da tevê pública. Depois de tanta estrada, garante, extasiado, que o potencial brasileiro finalmente se concretiza: “Agora nós atingimos o momento. O Brasil é o gigante que se fingia de invisível”. Sua Teoria da Amálgama e dos neurônios saltitantes explicam por que “todo mundo quer ser brasileiro”.

O Movimento Figa Brasil, que você lançou com Gilberto Gil em 1987, buscava a valorização da cultura e da identidade brasileiras. Acha que essa proposta hoje está mais perto de se concretizar? “Que sambem os que só escrevem, que escrevam os que só têm sambado”, dizia o manifesto Um Caráter pra Macunaíma. Na época, o movimento foi suspenso logo, porque Gil elegeu-se vereador em Salvador, mas as ideias continuaram a permear a história do Brasil e, principalmente, os trabalhos meus e de Gil. Quando ele foi ministro da Cultura, conseguiu concretizá-las. Os pontos de cultura, registrados no programa de tevê Amálgama Brasil, que apresentei, são a concretização disso. É uma revolução que não tem fim.

Qual é a inovação dos pontos de cultura? É o seguinte: os mais de 2.500 locais, espalhados por todo o País e até pelo exterior, não foram criados pelo Ministério. São manifestações que já existiam, grupos que já se reuniam, seja em terreiros ou em edifícios, e que foram encampados pelo governo. Como a arte é a alma do Brasil, os pontos explodem em todas as direções: cultura tradicional, contemporânea, teatro, música, dança. Manifestações tão variadas como os Rabequeiros de Natal, no Rio Grande do Norte, o Jongo da Serrinha, em São Paulo, os maracatus de Pernambuco ou o AfroReggae, no Rio de Janeiro. Além de receber dinheiro, os pontos passam a ter ligação cibernética para que se comuniquem entre si. Cada ponto é uma célula irradiante, sem dogmas, e o conjunto forma uma rede neste país-continente. A política também tem vários outros desdobramentos: pontos de leitura, pontões de cultura, trabalhos com antropólogos dentro de sociedades… É o reconhecimento das grandes culturas brasileiras.

Existem projetos semelhantes em outros países? Agora nações da América Latina e da Europa estão tendo encontros com o nosso Ministério da Cultura para se inspirar no modelo daqui. É impressionante como estão interessadas em aderir. O maior problema de alguns lugares da Europa, como Inglaterra, França, Alemanha, é que têm milhões de muçulmanos vivendo em apartheid. Isso aí vai explodir. Tem que ter ponto de cultura, jogar futebol junto, namorar… É uma solução criada aqui, que irradia para o mundo.

Por que a série que você apresentou se chama Amálgama?
O termo foi usado pela primeira vez por José Bonifácio. Em 1823, ele já dizia que, diferente de todas as outras nações, o Brasil era essa amálgama. É um conceito químico para a combinação de metais que cria um novo metal. Exatamente o que aconteceu aqui e que dá ao brasileiro uma capacidade de reinterpretar a cada segundo tudo novamente e, incluindo posições contrárias e opostas, alcançar o caminho do meio, o equilíbrio. Mesmo quando os homens e nações acabarem, vão sobrar os eflúvios poéticos de suas culturas. E a mais forte é a amálgama do Brasil. Desde 1956, no meu livro Deus da Chuva e da Morte, eu já dizia que no Brasil nasceria a “nova coisa”. Somos as terras sem fim, a terra prometida de Vera Cruz. Até os índios tupis-guaranis subiram para cá em busca da terra prometida.
Várias pessoas já sabiam disso – eu e Gil mostramos recentemente na música Outros Viram. Agora, no século 21, tudo isso se torna real, tanto para os brasileiros, quanto para o resto do mundo.

Quem são essas pessoas que já sabiam, citadas na música? Citamos alguns nomes, como o maior poeta dos Estados Unidos, Walt Withman, que no século 19 escreveu que “o vértice da humanidade será o Brasil”. Rabindranath Tagore, um grande filósofo do romantismo indiano, diz que “a civilização superior do amor nascerá no Brasil”. Stefan Zweig era um escritor austríaco que fez um livro, no século 19, chamado Brasil, o País do Futuro. Sem falar em Roosevelt, presidente dos Estados Unidos, que já invejava a nossa amálgama.

Podemos dizer que outras pessoas continuam “vendo”, então? Claro. Basta lembrar que foi um eflúvio poético nosso – do poeta Vinicius de Moraes –
que fez a mãe do Obama perceber que podia se casar com alguém de outra etnia. Vinicius, o poeta branco mais negro do Brasil, colocou a Grécia ali no morro carioca e, negra, na escola de samba, em Orfeu do Carnaval. Quando a mãe do Obama assistiu ao filme, ficou enlouquecida. Nunca tinha pensado em se casar com homem de outra etnia. Três dias depois, conheceu um filósofo do Quênia em uma conferência em Washington. Eles se casaram e tiveram o Obama. Depois, quando Obama foi entrevistado pela primeira vez na candidatura à presidência norte-americana, perguntou ao jornalista: “Você é de onde?”. “Brasil”. Aí ele disse: “Pois eu também sou brasileiro!”. Depois, quando o Itamaraty foi se apresentar ao candidato, ele disse que era baiano. É isso. Todo mundo quer ser brasileiro.

Por que você diz que o potencial do Brasil torna-se geral no século 21? Agora nós atingimos o momento. O Brasil é o gigante que se fingiu de invisível até então. Cada tribo indígena, cada tribo africana, cada parcela, apesar de estonteante, tinha que se fazer oculta. Agora explodiu a democracia mesmo, pulsante. Desde
Figueiredo, Sarney, mesmo com Collor, até Fernando Henrique, Lula. É o ápice. Não é à toa que as Olimpíadas vão ser aqui, que a Copa do Mundo vai ser aqui. A humanidade precisa do Brasil não apenas para comer, para tomar água, mas para viver no nosso espírito. Para se sentir otimista, para poder ter força e dar a volta por cima. Eu fui a algumas reuniões com a Fifa e vi que a palavra de ordem no mundo é ser como o Brasil.

Isso tem a ver com o que diz uma música sua, que “ou o mundo se brasilifica, ou vira nazista”? Exatamente. É necessário ser essa amálgama para compreender o próximo, para não ter ódios sedimentados, para poder aceitar. Os ministérios de segurança, inclusive, precisam disso para acabar com o terrorismo, transformar os terroristas em partidos políticos que possam entrar na luta democrática. Só o nosso amálgama é capaz de fazer isso. O Brasil é o Cristo ressuscitado, de braços abertos, indo encontrar Maria Madalena em primeiro lugar. Além disso, há uma poesia própria. Acompanhei algumas reuniões do Ministério da Cultura com embaixadores e gestores de países desenvolvidos que se queixavam da falta de motivação de seus jovens. Quando o ministro da Cultura da Ucrânia veio ao carnaval da Bahia, ficou enlouquecido. Queria tentar importar um pouco daquela alegria misteriosa. Aqui é o verdadeiro imaginário do Sermão da Montanha, de Jesus Cristo, com os direitos humanos e os tambores de candomblé.

Mas não é verdade que a nossa história tem também muita incompreensão e genocídio? Ah, sim, claro. Mas qual é o País que, na época do esplendor da eugenia racial, enalteceu os índios? Carlos Gomes logo fez O Guarani. Mesmo nas épocas bravas, de racismo científico, o Brasil enaltecia o seu nativismo. Sabe o que inspirou o Romantismo? Foi uma exposição dos nossos índios, acampados no rio Sena, em Paris, no século 17. O escritor Voltaire foi ver, o pintor Jorge Afonso… A imaginação do selvagem no Romantismo vem de nós. Sem falar que, aqui, até judeus e árabes são sócios. São muitos os casos de conciliação que só aconteceram aqui. Quando os revoltosos da Guerra dos Farrapos estavam chegando ao Rio de Janeiro, Duque de Caxias poderia alcançá-los com artilharia e fazer uma carnificina. Mas chegou com 80 jumentos carregados de ouro, para negociações. No Brasil, por vários séculos, metade dos dias era feriado, para a casa grande descer e assistir à senzala: músicas, danças, capoeira. Aqui não havia como conter os tambores, pajelanças, o candomblé. Havia muita concessão pelo número desproporcional, milhares de negros para cada meia dúzia de portugueses. Uma ternura forçada, um conluio. A concórdia sempre foi feita pela poesia, pela música, pelo batuque.

Você não costuma ouvir que é muito otimista?
Sempre tem os que falam: “Ele exagera, é poeta…”. Teve sempre a linha contrária, representando a voz colonizada, colonizante, colonizadora, colonial. Uns que querem ser ingleses etc. Mas esses lobismos não têm mais força. Tudo também porque nossa amálgama foi misteriosamente oculta. Quem era colonizado, muito mais inteligente do que os colonizadores, tinha espécies de truques, se fazendo de bobo, para enganar. São muitas manobras, como a capoeira, que se diz dança, e é um pontapé na bunda. Os pontos de jongo, por exemplo, xingam o branco e ele nem percebe. São segredos sussurrados. Tem ambiguidades e ocultações o tempo todo.

A cultura popular – jongo, maracatu, coco – acaba se sintetizando na cultura contemporânea, como ficou evidente no Tropicalismo, por exemplo. A cultura de raiz não está fadada a acabar? Pelo contrário. Os brincantes agora é que têm espaço para se agigantar. São artes eternas, marcas da emoção, da paixão, originais. É verdade que as culturas vão se transformando, mas não acabam. Por exemplo: estava com Nelson Jacobina assistindo ao maracatu Estrela de Ouro, em Pernambuco, com quem gravei um trabalho agora, o Kaosnavial. O Jacobina reparou que um trompetista fez uma levada de uma música de jazz. Foi perguntar se o músico sabia da semelhança, e ele realmente tinha usado a referência de fora. Hoje em dia, a garotada acopla novas coisas. O amor pelo Brasil é total e a certeza de que eles é que estão com a nota dominante é absoluta. Então incluem coisas novas a serviço da cultura tradicional, ao contrário do que se fazia antigamente, deformando aquilo. Isso é um fenômeno de toda a juventude brasileira, que, graças aos neurônios saltitantes, tem informação de tudo e noções de incorporação.

O que são esses neurônios saltitantes? Eu chamo assim os neurônios capazes de saltar quando um novo fenômeno acontece. Eles reconfiguram a imagem formada no cérebro, agregando um elemento novo. Isso faz a amálgama e acontece o tempo todo no Brasil. Os exemplos são inúmeros. Na umbanda em São Paulo, como a imigração japonesa é muito forte, já inventaram um orixá que é samurai. Dom Pedro 2° já virou personagem de maracatu. Na Amazônia, conheci uma comunidade que vive em três religiões diferentes: tem umbanda, uma religião que imita rituais indígenas e uma terceira, que você vê pegando uma trilha no meio da floresta, até chegar a um casarão enorme, antiquíssimo, onde há missa cantada num latim reinventado por eles, com palavras indígenas no meio. Tudo cantado em som dissonante, atonal, como se fosse uma banda de pífano. Você anda 40 quilômetros e a outra cidade já tem mais outras coisas originais. É um exagero de criatividade para qualquer parâmetro europeu, ou chinês, ou japonês.

Natália Pesciotta

source: almanaquebrasil


Silenciosamente, ao redor do mundo, bilhões de abelhas estão sendo mortas, ameaçando assim nossas plantações e segurança alimentar. Porém a proibição de um tipo de pesticida, poderia salvar as abelhas da extinção.

Desde que este veneno foi proibido em quatro países europeus, a população de abelhas já está se recuperando. Mas empresas químicas estão fazendo um lobby forte para manter a sua pesticida letal no mercado. Um chamado para baní-la nos EUA e na União Europeia, onde o debate é mais forte, poderá desencadear ações de outros governos ao redor do mundo.

Vamos fazer um zumbido global gigante para banir este veneno perigoso nos EUA e Europa a não ser que hajam evidências de que ele seja seguro.
Assine a petição para salvar abelhas e as nossas plantações e encaminhe para todos:

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

13.000...and counting

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Beautiful evening in IPANEMA with my brother Nando

Ipanema (Portuguese pronunciation: [ipaˈnẽmɐ]) is a neighborhood located in the southern region of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Leblon and Arpoador. The beach at Ipanema became widely known by the song "The Girl from Ipanema" ("Garota de Ipanema"), written by Antonio Carlos JobimVinícius de Moraes.

Most of the land that Ipanema consists of today once belonged to José Antonio Moreira Filho, Baron of Ipanema. The word "Ipanema" comes from the old Tupi language, meaning "bad water." In this case, it means bad for fishing, since the waves die too close to the sand, pushing fish away.

Ipanema gained fame with the start of the bossa nova sound, when its residents Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes created their ode to their neighborhood, "Girl from Ipanema." The song was written in 1962, with music by Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by de Moraes with English lyrics written later by Norman Gimbel. Its popularity has seen a resurgence with Diana Krall's song "Boy from Ipanema" released in 2008

It is famously known for its elegance and social qualities. Two mountains called the "Dois Irmãos" (Two Brothers) rise at the western end of the beach. The beach is divided into segments by marks known as "postos" (lifeguard towers). Beer is sold everywhere on the beach along with the traditional . There are always circles of people playing football, volleyball, and footvolley, a combination sport of volleyball and football originated in Brazil.

In the winter the surf can reach 9 feet. The water quality varies with days of light-blue water to a more murky green after heavy rains. Constant swells keep the water clean. The often treacherous beach break regularly forms barrels.

The Travel Channel listed Ipanema Beach as the sexiest beach in the world.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Quote of The Day

photo taken this morning in Copacabana ©anacissapinto

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Magic of Rio


Sunday, January 2, 2011


January 2nd - A blessed day spent with my brothers, my nephew and friends. Hiking the Floresta da Tijuca, hanging out for hours at the Cachoeira dos Primatas. After that, a delicious lunch, with wonderful juices. Plus a cherry on top of the cake, meeting of old and very dear friends. What a great start for 2011~ ! Thank You!

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