Rio de Janeiro concert
I just am feeling like writing down a bit of our experience in Brasil, for our first recital across the oceans with Caroline Delcampe, my wonderful pianist.
An adventure which reached all our senses.
The eyes : The landscapes are breathtaking. Palmers, ocean, colours, tropical forests, green shiny gardens, white sand beaches, and the "Paô des açucar" we went on with a telecabin.
The mouth : I will never be able to eat such delicious fruits anymore. And I'm not a fruit eater usually, but those were just too good. The brasilian typical food is quite heavy (which surprised me, because it's nearly 35 degrees every day), with a lot of beans, sauces, cooked meat, magnoc...heavy and tasty ! I recommend the grilled palm heart and the tapioca :)
As for the drinks, Caipirinha is a killer, and coconut milk is well....you can imagine how enjoyable it is!
The nose : the smell of wet vegetation, mixed with salty ocean, spices, sun and rain....makes you high and lazy in a way only tropical weather can do it.
The ears : I will never forget the quality of spontaneous music in Rio...few musiciens are coming together in the street (very slowly, taking the time to have a drink or two, chill and talk before they actually start to play), and suddenly it's a fantastic rhythmical and happy music which makes all kind of people (old ones, kids, rich and poor) dance, smile, chat....For the anecdote, we also had the privilege to have a taxi driver singing (with a beautiful voice I must say) to us "Marina Morena Bonita" and "Carolina" (checking the lyrics on his phone while driving) at least 3 times each!
The heart : I fell in love with the Brazilians....they are so helpful, kind, joyful, funny and efficient! I don't speak a word of Portuguese but with my mix of french/italian/poor spanish and hands language they always made big efforts to understand me and help. It's a curious mix of being slow, late all the time, enjoying life and working hard. They make you feel welcome and comfortable anywhere.
And finally, the reason why we went to Rio, our recital. It was a magic moment. Playing for the First day of Christmas vacacions, at the Swissnex event hall, in front of a hundred of people. We were told local people are not very good at sitting and remaining quiet during a concert. Wrongly. The listening quality, the silence while we started, and the very strong emotions we could feel was probably one of the rarest we ever had. And to see those people from a different culture, language, traditions laughing while I was singing la Périchole and having tears for "La chanson des vieux amants" from Brel made me remembered that music has no borders. Some of you know already how important it has always been to me to break the mental and social walls which are surrounding classical music, to make it more accessible to a larder public. I could do it in Rio and this is gonna be for me a forever memory.
I would like to thanks again Swissnex for their kindness, their welcome, their efficiency. My school and mr Moser who sent us there as ambassadors, trusted us and took such good care of us. And Canton de Vaud for making all it happen. I am proud to represent Switzerland, I love my country and hope to make more of those cultural exchanges in the future!