...means “getting there" in Portuguese
There are few things I love more than playing music with friends - especially when people dance while we're playing. Chegando Lá is a crew of samba enthusiasts from Boulder, Colorado dedicated to the study and performance of Brazilian music in a "samba de mesa" format. We study primarily with Francisco Marques of the band Ginga, and we perform monthly at the Laughing Goat Cafe’ in Boulder. We also do parties, backyard barbecues, house concerts, and every August a bunch of us go to California Brazil Camp together. And, oh, did I mention parties?
an electro-acoustic chamber ensemble that engages in real-time collaborative composition.
i am honored to be vocalizing with a 16 piece Conduction orchestra with Dino J.A. Dean and a slew of insanely accomplished instrumentalists. It is a particular thrill as a vocalist to use my voice an “just” and instrument at the ready, learning the Conduction hand signs like an eager border collie at an agility trial. I get to use all the improvisation and extended vocal techniques i’ve worked on over the years, and for those of you who have studied Viewpoints, this is Sonic Viewpoints. I finally found it.
This year i ticked a big one off my Bucket List. Circlesong with the legendary Bobby McFerrin at the Omega Institute in NY. It is community singing, improvisational songwriting, and a bullet train to a bliss state.
I’m not gonna lie, singing all day for 7 days with 180 other souls was extremely challenging -- the way being on a meditation retreat is challenging. (All that kindness and presence, ai ai ai! ) As with meditation, I was frequently “gripped with the desire to be elsewhere"
As a VO talent I spend a lot of time with headphones on, micro-managing every inflection of my voice. One especially liberating quality of CircleSong is that although I sang hours every day, I never really heard my own voice. I was simply part of the sound that was happening.
the start of a Chegando Lá Gallery
November 15th, 2018 | Chegando Lá 8-11pm @Laughing Goat Cafe
December 9th, 2018 | Truth Be Told Story Slam 7pm Cafe Aion, Boulder
November 16th, 2018 | FLUX CREW Conduction Orchestra 8pm @Pine Street Church, Boulder
December 27th, 2018 | Chegando Lá 8-11pm @Laughing Goat Cafe
January 24th, 2019 | Chegando Lá 8-11pm @Laughing Goat Cafe
February 28th, 2019 | Chegando Lá 8-11pm @Laughing Goat Cafe
March 3rd, 2019 | Truth Be Told 6th Annual All-Star Grand Slam 7pm @Dairy Arts Center, Boulder