In Brazil, Valentine’s day is celebrated on June 12th, the day before St. Anthony’s feast day. I got invited to do a set at Japonique Suikai, a very neat Japanese shop with all kinds of stuff which hosts some fun events. The owner, Jana made a special window decoration and kindly lent a kimono and my friend Camis helped with the make up to create a Betty Boop meets Gueisha sort of character.
I love São Paulo!
19/05 – 1ª Mostra Cultural CosmoPOPlitan (Mostra Paralela da Virada Cultural) @ Espaço Cultural Walden – São Paulo (solo show – more about this event here)
26/05 – Casa Brasa Mora – São Paulo (house show with Gustavo Cabelo – I just drew the flyer above)
06/06 – Espaço Cultural Walden (solo show) – São Paulo
21/06 – Indiozinhos Psicodélicos @ Kabul – São Paulo
27/06 - Indiozinhos Psicodélicos @ GIG – São Carlos
Plus, in June will record a new EP of 6 original songs with my recent formed band Indiozinhos Psicodélicos at Casa do Mancha in São Paulo! Still booking more dates.
With a first stop in Recife, Pernambuco where I played a show with friend Zeca Viana, who also took me to the radio show “Coquetel Molotov”. I met Zeca last year in São Paulo and at the time I collaborated in a song for his upcoming album “Psicotransa”. I will post the podcast soon, which includes an interview and 4 live songs.
2nd stop: Rio. Cabaré das Pulgas Saltitantes was born, the first ever Ukulele Cabaret of Rio de Janeiro! Organized by Ana Bandarra of Digga Digga Duo at Saloon 79, a very cool venue which resembles an old time American saloon. It sounds like it will turn into a regular event and there will be a 2nd edition in May. I got to play some tunes with Digga Digga Duo, plus my solo set and many people brought their ukes for some sing-alongs.
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3rd stop: São Paulo! This is will be my new home for some time. Working on my 2nd album from scratch, it’s time to write songs. Luckily I already have a rock n roll band here, Indiozinhos Psicodélicos, and we will record at Casa do Mancha. Casa do Mancha is one of my fav stops in town and where it all got started. It was Mancha’s home before it turned into a recording studio and then into a venue, where artists like Zeca Viana, Rumbo Reverso and Bárbara Eugénia have just recorded their albums, and Mr. Mancha himself is the drummer in my band.
CABARÉ TROPICAL was such an unforgettable evening and the first of my two goodbye parties from Porto, before packing for Brazil.
It featured incredible strange acts such as the heart and tongue of Bonnie and Clyde, a tranvestite human beat box from Marseille, a Portuguese sailor explaning to us kids how to travel in a sailorboat from Portugal to Brazil – and how to make the way back, the unique bipolar dialogues of Nuno Pinto, who seems to have arrived in a time travel capsule straight from the Italian Futurists time, a surprise guest from Karlsruhe doing something he never did before, the one to one private concerts in the bathroom with a Celtic Druid, a Saw player featuring the Human Theremin … this was the 2nd time I hosted a cabaret in Gato Vadio, the 1st one was QUEIJO & MARMELADA (Cheese & Marmelade) which featured all kinds of magical duets.
Thank you Bonnie for the pictures!
Gato Vadio is a very nice bookstore in Porto which hosts different events such as small concerts and theatre plays, workshops, poetry readings and has a special taste for silent movies, philosophy and anarchy. Plus they have some nice drinks and sweets, a nice red wall with a spiral that reminds me of Vertigo and a neat garden.
I am playing tonight with Presidente Drógado, who I favor as one of the best singer songwriters in the Portuguese underground music scene. He can provoke the audience who responds to the insults and the lyrics can be very didactic, such as in the big hit “Drogas de A a Z” (Drugs from A to Z). We started playing together in 2007 when I was Nossa Senhora (the Virgin Mary) but later I became Marciana Verde (the Green Martian).
Tomorrow I am hosting for the second time a Cabaret. The first one was open to all kinds of magical duets, now it’s time for the CABARÉ TROPICAL (the Tropical Cabaret)! Porto in the wintertime at night doesn’t really feel like tropical weather but we can use our imagination and fly to Brasil! Not Brazil in South America, but the mythical island of Brasil.
I’m collecting some memorabilia from the recent tour in Germany, France and Belgium… I was lucky to have a very special guest musician in every city, each with a unique different style and I met some very inspiring visual artists and musicians along the road! The tour lasted only 10 days but it was all very intense.
In Berlin, Ignatz B joined me at Madame Claude to play the electric blues. Ignatz is from Buenos Aires and he’s one of the bass players on my album. We met at Forte Prenestino in Rome on the first day he arrived in Europe, during Crack! comics festival which I played in 2010 and 2012. Ignatz gets involved in some interesting projects such as experimenting with music for plants in the jungle in Paraguay!
Here is a clip of our rehearsal doing the song “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man“:
The next night I made a short performance at the Balboa Swing Club in Neukölln. I performed acoustically some tunes from the 1920′s for a dancing audience, some dressed in proper outfits! There I met my friend Jacob, who was telling me about the series of films he worked in Ethiopia together with Vincent Moon: if you are into African music I really recommend watching “GAGAMO” and “THE HARP OF KING DAVID”.
My lovely host in Berlin was Judith Sönnicken, who has an upcoming art show in Lisbon, opening on March 14th at Museu Geológico. She’s also preparing a newspaper for SPIES. Judith is a great artist working in different types of media with a lot of humor. Check out her blog!
I went for the first time to Hamburg and played at a very neat gallery which just opened nearly a month ago – Kraniche bei den Elbbrücken. The program was perfect together: there was a very cool exhibition by Canadian artist Kalyani Hemphill (here is a sample of what she does), plus a surprise show by Epiphany Now from Berlin and the wonderful sounds of the Magical Flying Love Lab (I include a clip to their music below, under the birds).
At this show Felix Kubin joined me with his magical keyboard on the Russian song “Dark Eyes”. Recently I attended his “Futuristic Kitchen Music” workshop in Porto. I’ve been a fan of his music for years since I saw his concert in Porto in 2005 and one of the things I admire in his work is a rare capacity of putting together sounds, performance, film and live visuals in different ways that really blend, adding a lot of cartoony influence!
In Paris I arrived in a studio filled with visual artists (a load of comics artists), and saw a lot of imaginary worlds pouring into papers in one room! I was very impressed by the works of Florent Ruppert & Mulot; Maison Chapelle; Kader Benchamma (currently no website but he showed me his fantastic book “Dark Matter”) , Sophie Yanow, Alizée De Pin, Adrien Parlange… and exchanged a cd for “Mambo”, one of the best comic books I’ve seen in years by Claire Braud!
At the concert at le Vieux Léon I had Terry Lee Hale joining in some old country classics! Mr. Hale is a singer songwriter from Seattle (he was a booker in the early “Grunge” period and later moved to Europe and went on a solo musical career with a long discography by now) and we had played together before at the One Wo/Man Band Festival in Portugal last year. Opening for the show was Alma Forrer and her band. Alma is a fantastic folk singer, listen to this song !
In Brussels I arrived in the huge maison of an excentric art collector, who has objects in his room going from Ancient Egypt to Tesla-like decorations and surrealistic paintings, Greek and Medieval statues and a bedroom filled with early Catholic art which looks more like a Russian Orthodox church (I swear I’m not making this up). Since all the props were already there, and I had a high-tech photographer (name: Rudy Candillon) and a very creative friend sitting next to me, we shot three music videos and had a lot of fun. Now I need to learn a bit about video editing to put it all together but I’ll get to that soon.
Last stop: Gent! I went to this cute Flamish town to visit Nik and Nancy Phelps. Gent seems like a medieval town made of sweets and chocolate. Nik and Nancy moved from San Francisco back in 2006, when I attended their workshop of “music for animated cartoons” at the Monstra Festival in Lisbon, and Nik recorded the clarinet on my album in the songs “Under The Moon” (the tall cartoon dog playing the clarinet on the clip actually looks like him) and “You’re The Cream in My Coffee”. Nik Phelps composes music for animation and has played with Tom Waits, Zappa, and he was a member of the Club Foot Orchestra. Nancy has a deep film and animation culture, she attends festivals around the world and writes reviews for them on her “Sprockets” animation blog. We jammed to an old tune by Fats Waller and I will finish this post with a rendition by one of my all time fav singers, miss Annette Hanshaw:
Talking of Nik Phelps and Annette Hanshaw, have you watched Nina Paley’s “Sita Sings The Blues”? She made the movie FREE. Nina did this award-winning feature animation film all by herself – everything except for the sound, and Nik was one of the film score composers, plus some Indian musicians and old recordings by Annette Hanshaw which appear in a combination of Bollywood with Hindu mithology and 1930′s cartoon setting. Download Sita from archive.org! And check out Nina’s blog with her very cool works, now she’s into sewing Shedu designs on quilts.
19/01 – “Futuristic Kitchen Music” – Passos Manuel, Porto (performing and visuals, result of a workshop with Felix Kubin)
19/01 – CC Vila Flor – Guimarães
20/01 – showcase @ fnac NorteShopping – Porto
25/01 – Bar Quatorze – Braga (with special guest Guilherme Abu-Djamra)
27/01 – “Queijo e Marmelada” @ Gato Vadio - Porto (performing and hosting the cabaret!)
06/02 – Rita “Brega”, Presidente “Baseado” e Frankão “O Gringo Sou Eu” @ Lounge – Lisboa
08/02 – Dona Lourdes – Montijo (+ Presidente Drógado)
12/02 – Madame Claude – Berlin (+ special guest Ignatz B)
13/02 – Balboa Swing Club @ Heiner’s – Berlin (performing some 1920′s tunes in between the dancing!)
15/02 – Kraniche Bei Den Elbbruecken – Hamburg
16/02 – Le Vieux Léon – Paris
… at the end of the tour I’ll be performing in the streets of Gent with Mr. Nik Phelps!
06/12 - Centro Cultural de Chaves
07/12 - Bar CTE - Cine Teatro de Estarreja
19/01/2013 – CC @ Centro Cultural Vila Flor – Guimarães
… Full 2012 list on TOUR DATES
I was invited by the Italian NGO “COSV” to take part of the 5th Beirut Comics Festival, as one of the international artists and to perform a concert at the opening. For the exhibition, I brought my drawings as well as comics done by my grandfather Ruy Braga in the 1930′s and by my greatgrandfather António Braga from the 1900′s which were never published! Also present were Luigi Simeoni aka “Sime” from Italy, Aleksandar Zograf from Serbia, Shennawy from Cairo (with his magazine Tok Tok) and Othman Selmi from Tunisia.
The festival was supposed to take place at the Unesco palace. But because of a very sad event, a car bomb which exploded on Friday, just prior to the opening of the festival, we were not able to access the exhibition as the roads were blocked and plans were swifting as we would hear about the news. On Friday evening, we noticed the bars closing early and the streets of Beirut were almost empty on Saturday morning.
The event turned into a very nice, more informal meeting between authors, editors and visitors from Italy, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Serbia and Portugal. This was my first trip to the Middle East and it was a very rich experience, especially from meeting so many talented people from these countries who work in the fields of comics, illustration and animation.
Here is a diary of the festival by Francesco (in Italian) http://blog.beccogiallo.net/fiere-ed-eventi/comicsagainstbombs-beirut-comics-festival-il-nostro-diario-12/
First, an interview by Trama Virtual about the first tour in Brazil.
Below is a clip from the first show in São Paulo at Casa do Mancha! With a brand new Brazilian band, featuring Leonel Mancha on drums, Diogo Valentino (Supercordas) on the bass guitar, Bernard Simon (Some Community) on the electric guitar and Gustavo Cabelo (Trupe Chá de Boldo) on the 2nd guitar and cavaquinho.
Meet the new band, Indiozinhos Psicodélicos!!!
Next tour dates:
16 Set – Casa do Mancha – São Paulo (w/ Indiozinhos Psicodelicos, opening for Bárbara Eugénia)
21 Set – Acervo do Tuzzi – Bragança Paulista (w/ Indiozinhos Psicodelicos, opening for Macaco Bong)
26 Set – Espaço Cultural Walden – São Paulo (solo show)
28 Set – Audio Rebel – Rio de Janeiro (w/ Indiozinhos Psicodelicos, opening for Do Amor)
03 Oct – Prego Espaço de Arte – Vila Velha, ES (solo show, with an exhibition by Ana Torrie)
7 Oct – Serralheria – Sao Paulo (w/ Indiozinhos Psicodelicos)
14 Oct – “A Grande Sacada” – (*house show* – with Juliano Gauche)
15 Oct – Japonique Suikai – São Paulo (goodbye party, w/ Grey Gersten)
In June Rita Braga attended a few events related to authorial comics and graphic arts, starting with the amazing Novo Doba Festival in Belgrade/Pancevo in Serbia. She had some comics published on the Novo Doba catalogue and the cover of ”Cherries That Went To The Police” was part of the exhibition featuring 10 years of Grrr! events at the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Pancevo, since Grrr! takes place in its curator and author’s hometown, Aleksandar Zograf. During the festival there was a live radio session with Zograf and comics author Pat Moriarity from Seattle where Rita Braga performed a few songs at the radio station in Pancevo. After Novo Doba, there was a 5 day comics workshop which took place in Deliblato Sands, and on the opening evening there two concerts by Rita Braga and Serbian/US Band Epp E Epp. (Deliblatska Peščara is the largest sandy terrain in Europe, once part of a vast prehistoric desert – since 100 years ago it has been revitalized and became a special nature reserve). A book will be published as a result of this workshop, in which everyone illustrated a story after a script by Wostok. Finally left to Rome and performed on the stage of the Crack! Festival, which takes place in Forte Prenestino, as well as some acoustic performances in different sites of the underground galleries of the fortress. Crack might be one of the biggest festivals of its kind in Europe where artists come from all over and have their own space to show original artwork and sell editions.
Rita Braga is one of the participants of the 2nd edition of the One Wo/Man Band Festival, taking place in Beja and Portalegre. She’s sharing the stage with the amazing Terry Lee Hale. Splitting both nights with Emmy Curl (PT), Nicotine’s Orchestra (PT) and Zoe Boekbinder (US).
soon in Portugal and France, presenting my album and some new unreleased material:
15/03 - CC Teatro de Vila Real - Vila Real, Portugal
17/03 - Armazém do Chá - Porto, Portugal
30/03 – Museu do Oriente – Lisboa, Portugal (special guest of Randolf Arriola to present the album “T(H)REE vol 2″)
03/04 – Teatrão – Coimbra, Portugal
04/04 - Teatro Viriato - Viseu, Portugal
14/04 – CHIPS AND SALSA at the Panazorean Film Festival @ Galeria Arco 8 – Ponta Delgada, Açores (with Chris Carlone)
11/05 – Bordeaux Rock Festival @ Heretic Club – Bordeaux, France
13/05 – Bordeaux Rock Festival @ TBA - Bordeaux, France
17/05 – One Wo/Man Band Festival – Beja, Portugal
18/05 - One Wo/Man Band Festival – Portalegre, Portugal
26/05 – Aquilo Teatro – Guarda, Portugal
Rita Braga will be one of the participating artists at this year’s ONE WO/MAN FESTIVAL BAND which takes place in Portalegre and Beja (Portugal) on the 18th and 19th of May. Also confirmed are ZOE BOEKBINDER (US) and TERRY LEE HALE (US).
Pop Up! is a new lounge space located at Avenida da Liberdade 159 in Lisbon. During one month it will host a number of concerts, art shows and other live events. RB will perform on Feb 1. More info on http://www.popup.com.pt/
Some pictures of the show (taken by Aleksandar Mijailovic). Rita had a special guest from Brazil on 2 songs, Frankão, who rocked on the pandeiro!
MUSICBOX in Lisbon is celebrating their 5th anniversary with a series of live concerts and dj sets. Rita Braga was invited for the closing evening on December 10, also featuring SEAN RILEY.
As part of the satellite events of the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, Chips and Salsa are excited to provide live musical accompaniment to two rare animated films, The Idea (dir. Berthold Bartosch, 1932) on Saturday, Dec 3 and The Adventures of Prince Achmed (dir. Lotte Reiniger, 1926) on Sunday, Dec 4 at Spectacle Theatre / 124 South 3rd St., Brooklyn.
8:30: The Idea (dir. Berthold Bartosch, 1932) and The Adventures of Prince Achmed (dir. Lotte Reiniger, 1926) with live music by Chips and Salsa
“This very special program will include a screening of Berthold Barthosch’s short animated film The Idea, based upon the eponymous woodcut novel by Belgian printmaker Frans Masereel. Bartosch’s film features a mixture of techniques, including stop motion animation and various optical effects. Bartosch learned many of these methods as an assistant to pioneering animator Lotte Reiniger, best known for creating the first still-extant animated feature film The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Based on Araban Nights fairy tales, Prince Achmed features Reiniger’s distinctive, elaborately jointed cut paper silhouette animation, enhanced with mesmerizing abstract effects and sumptuous dyed film stock in a variety of saturated hues. The international multi-instrumentalist duo Chips and Salsa will provide live musical accompaniment to these stunning and rare animated films.”
next live appearances:
03/09 – Novo Local – Bordeaux, France
05/09 – showcase @ Total Heaven – Bordeaux, France
06/09 – L’International – Paris, France
07/09 – Pop In – Paris, France
09/09- Heiner’s Bar - Berlin, Germany
10/09 – Nochbesserleben – Leipzig, Germany
14/09 - Ä – Berlin, Germany
16/09 – Knochenbox – Berlin, Germany
01/10 – showcase @ Fnac Algarve – Albufeira, Portugal
02/10 – showcase @ Fnac Colombo – Lisboa, Portugal
05/10 – showcase @ Fnac Almada – Almada, Portugal
09/10 – showcase @ Fnac Coimbra – Coimbra, Portugal
15/10 – Teatro do Bairro - Lisboa, Portugal (album release party of “Cherries That Went To The Police” !!!)
… see complete list under section tour dates