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Rita Braga & Marc Behrens Smile You Against the Wall

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Saturday 28th of February – I will play a concert with Marc Behrens featuring his compositions never presented live before, some almost 30 years old – directly from the space-time tube of West Germany 1986-1991 into Porto 2015!

concert parallel to the exhibition «A Magnet Between Proteins and Sugar» by Marc Behrens, https://www.facebook.com/events/424153537742381/?fref=ts

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entrada/admission: €4


Cigančica Mala (Little Gypsy girl)

Rita, Merima and Žana sing and play the original song by Esma Redžepova heartfully on a Sunday afternoon in Malmö.

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Rita Braga as Cigančica Mala. Merima Dizdarević as Dude. Žana Erdeljan as Sir

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one night band in Sweden

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I don’t mean one night stand, I mean one night band! During the show on Too Cute To Cute! at the Moriska Paviljongen in Malmö, I had two Carmencitas (Ida Christina and Merima Dizdarević), one Klaus Nomi (Vladica Culic) and one big Mama (Žana Erdeljan) with me on stage.

Photo 1 and 2 by Daniel Novakovic; photo 3 and 4 by Žana Erdeljan.


Victor Coyote + Rita Braga “Havemos de Ir a Viana”

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From Victor Coyote’s new album “De Pueblo y de Río”.

Producido por Pablo Novoa. Fotografia y cámara Gus Abreu.


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a new musical project was born in Lisbon:

Vítor Rua: conception & synth
Rita Braga: voice & ukulele
Jonas Runa: kyma & berimbau & violin
Carlos Andrade: guitar
Antonio Duarte: piano & sound

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Special thanks to Vítor Rua. All the songs were created and recorded in one night, under his directions.


São Paulo, the last month

towards the end of my 5 month stay in Brazil  I worked on some new performances together with artists from São Paulo.

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After finishing most of the recordings of the new album at Casa do Mancha, I prepared an entire set with José Vieira (piano) and Pedro Falcão (cuíca and pandeiro) called “Juju & Seus Balangandãs”, featuring old Brazilian songs mostly from the 1920’s and 30’s (carnival marches and samba) in a very theatrical style. We presented it twice at Projeto Alberto Seabra 1128.

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Also in Projeto Seabra 1128 I met the singer Rita Maria aka Ritamaria Rirri and we became the two Japanese twin sisters Lita-San & Lita-San. We prepared a show together adding clowny coreographies and presented it at Shintori (a fancy Japanese restaurant in São Paulo which looks like it could be out of a James Bond movie from the 1970’s), where Rita is a resident musician. Rita Maria has just released a new album on the internet with very nice songs and arrangements of her own. Check her songs on soundcloud!

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Finally I met the genius and mad scientist Paulo Beto. Some synths that he plays were designed and built for his special performances by Arthur Joly (take a look at these incredible machines http://www.recosynth.com/). I performed 2 songs at Paulo’s solo show at Centro Cultural Rio Verde with a cool little instrument called the pocket piano built by Critter & Guitari, and I’m getting one for myself soon. It’s like the ukulele of the  analog synthesizers! No pics or videos but below is the flyer, and I expect to collaborate more in the future!

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… Thanks again to all these nice people and new friends in São Paulo…

and many special thanks to Casa do Mancha and the crew for all the support on making the new album … which will be out sometime in 2014.

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até já São Paulo! now back in my hometown Lisbon.


upcoming tour dates

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.


Back in Brazil!

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.

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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!

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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!


2 videos by Bernardo Devlin

“A Nova Europa”

From his new album “Sic Transit”, directed by Julio Pereira somewhere in the outskirts of Lisbon. Bernardo is looking like a Buster Keaton type of character.

Bernardo Devlin – Vx | Maria João Neves – B Vx | Rui Dâmaso – Guitars | Rita Braga – Piano | Nuno Leão – Bass Guitar | Miguel Cintra – Drums

 

“Esplendor Frio”

This one was directed, shot and edited by my friend Chris Carlone, my bandmate on Chips and Salsa. Featuring the spectacular diva Bebe McPhereson.

Bernardo Devlin – Vx | Maria João Neves – B Vx | Rui Dâmaso – Guitars | Rita Braga – Piano | Nuno Leão – Bass Guitar | Miguel Cintra – Drums


Weekend in Porto at Gato Vadio

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.

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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).

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flyer by Bruno Borges

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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.


euro tour diary: music, cartoons, videos, comics and Ancient Worlds!

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starting from the end: three new music videos coming up from Brussels!

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.

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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“:

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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!

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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!

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kraniche birds hanging from the ceiling

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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 !

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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.

There was no gig in Brussels but I met a human jukebox who invited me to play next time at Cinema Nova, which shows a lot of independent film and animation.

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old friend from Ancient Egypt. does he look a bit like a monkey?

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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:

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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.


new recordings in 2013

This year I’ll be working in three different projects which shall be released sometime in the future in cd and/or vinyl:

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1) a first EP of Chips and Salsa, featuring 6 original songs – I’m writing new stuff to which Chris is adding beautiful arrangements, all done over the internet

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2) a new collaboration with Nick Castro, who toured Portugal last year – Nick is writing some beautiful songs to which I’m adding lyrics in Portuguese, sounding somewhere in between Tropicalia and 1960’s French and Italian film scores

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3) … and I will be working on my second album with my first ever rock n’ roll band Indiozinhos Psicodélicos! In fact I am moving to Brazil soon to work with these guys and more gangsters from São Paulo, hoping to absorb as much as I can from the fantastic musical culture of this country!

Soon announcing new tour dates and radio shows, starting in Recife!


Bernardo Devlin’s “Sic Transit”

And who is Bernardo Devlin? In two lines and without much explanation, to me he is one of the most original singer and songwriters to ever come out of Portugal, and yet remains quite undiscovered. Active since the mid 80’s in many projects before going on a solo career, Sic Transit is his 5th solo album.

You can listen to the entire album on his bandcamp page.

There are some reviews online such as this one (from the Dutch magazine “Vital Weekly”).

Four reasons for this post:

#1 – Devlin produced my first album “Cherries That Went To The Police”. Such details as the laughing and car introduction on the first track and other collages were his ideas and I just went along with it. He has also mixed it and recorded it. Needless to say, besides all the influence he had on the result, that’s a lot of hard work.

#2 – All the songs on Sic Transit feature vocals, guitar, piano, bass and drums. One detail is that I split the piano with Luísa Gonçalves, each of us recording on 3 different tracks. The styles are different. It was the first time I ever played the piano on someone’s album and I love these songs.

#3 – To quote Chris Carlone, Bernardo Devlin is the ultimate badass.

#4 – Buy the album, and you won’t regret!


artist residence in Pitões das Júnias

 

A group of artists from Porto are going to have a one week residence in Pitões das Júnias, Portugal’s oldest village, located in Serra do Gerês. The programme features a series of concerts, movies, workshops and performances, including a concert by Rita Braga (with Frankão, on extra vocals and percussion) and the production of a 16mm film to be shot in the area.

The meeting is organized by Mónica Baptista, a visual artist and filmmaker from Porto.

 


Brazilian tour! and a new band is born

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)


August Updates

In the first week of August, I followed Nick Castro & The Silver Phial (LA) on their first Portuguese tour, joining them on stage as a guest musician in Ourense (Spain), Porto, Lisbon and Montijo. Thanks again to Nick Castro, Christof Certik, Cheryl Lynn Caddick and Patrick Ryan Cleary for bringing me along! Prior to this tour, they were the new members of Kaleidoscope (legendary UK psychedelic rock band) at the Euro Ye-Ye Festival in Gijon, with the amazing Peter Daltrey.

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New illustration work: after a long time without publishing drawings, suddenly I got three calls: from Serbia, Brazil and Lebanon! I will be the guest illustrator in the next edition of Serbian magazine Kvartal (with about 40 original drawings, mostly new stuff as well as some older drawings and sketches), also including a short bio and interview. Then I did a full page drawing for the next issue of Revista Prego, a very nice authorial comics magazine from Brazil, illustrating a song by my hero Arnaldo Baptista. Finally, I was invited as a guest artist at the 5th Beirut Comics Festival to happen in late October for an exhibition and concert at the opening!

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BRAZIL: In September and October, I will be travelling for the first time in South America, with a tour starting in São Paulo! Updates on tour dates soon.


Nothing Beneath Us Premier Screening Party in New York

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“Nothing Beneath Us” is a dark, modern, poetic, surreal sort of fairytale about a young dancer named Annabel Lee, who’s caught in a downward spiral of drugs, alcohol and an abusive relationship. Her days and nights blur together and now her dreams are blurring the line of reality. A journey through Annabel’s dreams, and hopes in a visual and audible feast that’s sure to stay with you long after its 15 minute length. 

The party will be at IndieScreen in Williamsburg which is a really nice little 90 seat theatre. There is Beer and Wine and food available. There will also be live music before and after the film.

Starring Teresa Bayer, John O’Mahoney, Josh Hibbard, Milah Carlone, Stacy Malia and Pixie the dog

Directed By Chris Carlone

Screenplay By Hilde Susan Jaegtnes

Produced By Chris Carlone & Hilde Susan Jaegtnes

Director of Photography – Travis Fowler

Original Music – Rita Braga, Susan Jaegtnes and Chris Carlone”


comics festivals and concerts in Serbia and Italy

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.

a trip in Deliblato Sands during the comics workshop

fooling around with a gusla from Montenegro, during Crack Festival

article about the exhibition featuring 10 years of Grrr! in Vreme magazine


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Here’s a slice of the movie “Wander” in which Rita took part last year while she was staying in San Francisco, directed by Claude Cardenas. It’s a no budget silent sci-fi film and he’s adding his own special effects besides editing and sound and everything else with his super powers. Claude hopes it will be done by the end of this year. Rita will also add some original music. We will be looking for places to screen it. Go Claude!!! Also check his tumblr http://allthegirlsieverloved.tumblr.com/

In the director’s own words: “I wrote a couple new scenes for this and hopefully it will be done by the end of the year. It’s probably the weirdest thing I’ll ever make and I’m hoping I die right after I finish it.”


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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!



concert in lisbon with full band + chips and salsa reunion

Here are some videos from my album release party in Lisbon at Teatro do Bairro. I had a fantastic band – Nik Phelps on the clarinet and pocket trumpet, Chris Carlone on drums and harmonica, Tiago Nicolau on the standup bass and Rui Damaso on the slide guitar. 2 guys from Lisbon and 2 guys from San Francisco! Chris will soon upload the other videos from this show.

 

we also had time to shoot some videos with Chips and Salsa (me and Chris) at the Principe Real park in Lisbon.


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new 3D videos Made in France

During my recent European tour through I met Carlos, a very enthusiast artist living in Bordeaux. He has a portable 3D camera and he’s using it for doing 3D live videos of bands playing in his town! I was fortunate that he shot my concert and we also did more videos in different locations in Bordeaux.

Put on your 3D glasses!


in Rue Jules Guesde


Live at Novo Local.

more 3D videos coming soon! you can subscribe to Carlo’s youtube channel here.