ROCK IN SÃO PAULO
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Hi, Below you will find two suggestions of events to be realized at the Barbican.
They are called Rock in São Paulo (I) and Rock in São Paulo (II).
Rock in São Paulo (I) is a less pretentions project proposing 4 bands from São Paulo: Pedra, Baranga, Tomada and Carro Bomba. The bands I am suggesting you, all have more than 10 years "on the road" and thru local independent labels released many albums. They only sing in Portuguese, and some of then play a kind of 70's indie rock with some psychedelic bits here and there, sometimes mixed with Brazilian contemporary music. These musicians are the "cream" of Brazilian rock and their shows are very vibrant.
Rock in São Paulo (II) is a comprehensive festival trying to show musically what is going on at the biggest city of South America.
ROCK IN SÃO PAULO (I)
ROCK IN SÃO PAULO (II)
FIRST GROUP (seminal rock bands with more than 30 years on the road)
• Patrulha do Espaço
• Tutty Frutty
• Made in Brazil
SECOND GROUP (rock bands with more than 10 years on the road)
• Carro Bomba
THIRD GROUP (new rock bands)
• As Radioativas (girl band)
• Porcas Borboletas (pop),
• Humanish (pop)
• Panndora (girl band),
* Shadowside (female vocalist),
* Viper. (they sing in English)
EXTREME ROCK (only the first band sings in Portuguese)
• Verdade Soturna
PUNK (Seminal punk bands)
• Olho Seco
• Ratos de Porão.
• Jão Galego (excellent project rock & blues made by old musicians)
• Lanny Gordin (jazz project from the legendary guitarist responsible for most of the guitars on all Tropicalist albums, from Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, etc.)
Note: In parallel, we could have a photographic exposition about São Paulo plus a mini Bienal of arts and a CD and merchandize sale.
WELCOME TO SÃO PAULO CITY!
Brazil has the largest economy in Latin America. Mexico has the second largest economy.
If the Brazilian state of São Paulo were a country in its own right, it would be Latin America’s third largest economy. São Paulo state and city is business, big business and it is the money that this business creates that is the root that nourishes the city’s lifestyle. In terms of work, São Paulo offers the best conditions and paychecks in Brazil.
The Copan building, criated by the architet Oscar Niemeyer.
São Paulo City
|Paulistas, as the locals are known, work and play hard. There are an estimated 16 million living in Metropolitan São Paulo alone, roughly the population of Holland or Chile, and over 36 million in the state, more than the populations of Argentina or Canada.|
|São Paulo, with covers an area five times that of Paris, is one of the world’s great cities and would certainly be better known globally if it did not have to compete with the beauty of and splendor of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil’s many other attractions. If it is a natural beauty city, it is a friendly city with some outstanding architecture. A city that can compete with the best in terms of gastronomic excellence and variety. The nightlife of São Paulo is unrivalled in Latin America. The same is true for shopping and the city also boasts world-class museums, art galleries and sport, including the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix.||
A monument to the first explorers called "Bandeirantes" near Ibirapuera's Park
|The state of São Paulo has many others attractions: The coastline between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro is considered one of the most beautiful in the world; the town of Brotas is a magnet for rafters and extreme sport enthusiasts; the national park of Alto do Ribeira, close to Eldorado, has one of the largest collection of caves in Brazil; while the city of Barretos holds the country’s largest rodeo which attracts cowboys from around of the world, including US. Other highlights include the cities of Campinas, Campos de Jordão and Ribeirão Preto.|
The old city center.
ROCK IN SÃO PAULO FESTIVAL
London, 23 September 2013
To: The Barbican
To the attention of Lynette Brooks
Re. Rock in São Paulo Festival
Dear Madam Brooks
Firstly I would like to congratulate The Barbican for the excellent projects it have been doing all over the years, especially the ones related to Brazilian music.
Please, Let me to introduce myself, I am a Brazilian rock producer who settled in England back in 1987. I am 61 years old and although I have been living in London for a long time, I never lost contact with the Brazilian rock bands.
I am the responsible for a very successful website (nearly 1 million visitors) called Barbieri - Memórias do Rock Brasileiro (Barbieri - Memories of Brazilian Rock). My work with Brazilian bands spanned over 40 years and includes rock bands in all kinds of stiles, from Mutantes to Sepultura with hundreds of other groups and styles in between. Back in 1992 I produced a concert with a Brazilian band at the legendary The Marquee Club and recently I had been involved with the international tour of Vulcano another band from São Paulo. Even today, as you can see by this letter, I am still trying to help Brazilian bands in many different ways.
I noticed that many of the events Barbican organized, involving Brazilians, were centred almost only on the old and already established Brazilian acts or in artists from Rio de Janeiro and north of Brazil.
São Paulo is a massive city, considered by many people the biggest of South America, a real metropolis with a powerful underground scene and never had in London a show catering for her rock talents. São Paulo has hundreds and hundreds of rock bands playing almost in any style you can imagine.
So, I am taking the liberty to, humbly, suggest a project involving some Brazilian bands from São Paulo in a style that could fit with The Barbican: Pedra, Baranga, Tomada and Carro Bomba.
The bands I am suggesting you, all have more than 10 years "on the road" and thru local independent labels released many albums. They only sing in Portuguese, and some of then play a kind of 70's indie rock with some psychedelic bits here and there, sometimes mixed with Brazilian contemporary music. These musicians are the "cream" of Brazilian rock and their shows are very vibrant.
I prepared an Internet page especially for you to be able to listen some tracks from the bands latest albums.
São Paulo city do not have nearby beaches like Rio de Janeiro and, like London the nearest beach is about 60 kilometres away. As São Paulo is an over populated city with all the problems that came with it, the Rock from São Paulo often reflects the mood of his people. As Rio de Janeiro not only grabbed most of the tourists but it also house most of the central TV stations and the international record companies offices, very often the importance of São Paulo in music was and still is neglected by the Brazilian media. A simple example is the Rock in Rio. It never reflected the underground. As I am always on the side of the underdog musician, my wish is to try to correct this error, also opening a line of contact to keep bringing the real underground music that is actually playing not only in São Paulo but also all over Brazil.
Thank you in advance for all your help!
Antonio Celso Barbieri
Flat 25, Thaxted Court,
02 Murray Grove,
London N1 7QQ
NOTE: Even if you do not like or can't organize this even now, or if are interested but would like to be more adventurous doing a bigger event with more bands, mixing more styles and also including for example painting, literature, etc, please keep in touch! Thanks! In any case, more material like releases and pictures will be sent as requested!