On A Cold January Day in Baltimore, I can See Brazil


This January, Baltimore had 30 inches of snow, forcing us indoors, to hibernate like bears. We raided the supermarkets, leaving shelves naked, like babies at birth, even crying when our comfort foods were sold out.

After shoveling snow for two days, and watching front end loaders, make snow banks 12 feet high, it was time to see another side of life; the lighter side, to enjoy the fruits of nature, as well as it sounds.

The last Sunday in January offered that, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, listening to DUDA Da FONSECA, and his Brazilian All Stars, featuring  VANESSA RUBIN, on saxophone and clarinet

“Brazil!”, has a roll on the “r” and a falsetto shrill on the “l”, when pronounced with excitement, especially heard during carnival season (February). It comes from the roots of Samba: fast moving feet, torsos in circulatory movements, flying hands in conjunction. Yes, it’s all West African, brought to South America (Brazil) by the Portuguese, who participated in the slave trade.

Second to Samba, was Bossa Nova, when Carlos Jobim (Portuguese pianist) incorporated the classics with the African rhythms (Samba) to sync with the lazy seductive walk of the girls on Ipanema beach, Rio de Janeiro.

So now it was time to listen to the sounds of Brazil, to think of the beaches, the sunsets and the etceteras. (Watch video).

Kudos to BMA!