Tuesday, August 05, 2008

When Herbie Comes To Town

Herbie Hancock & Chris Potter

Herbie Hancock came to Porto to offer an amazing concert at Palácio de Cristal Gardens. We know that he is not playing jazz since his music travels among several styles that are connected by the jazz touch.

from left to right: Lionel Loueke, Amy Keys, Sonya Kitchell, Herbie Hancock, Chris Potter, Dave Holland & Vinnie Colaiuta

The night of last Sunday we had Herbie with us with four excellent musicians: Dave Holland, Vinnie Colaiuta, Chris Potter e Lionel Loueke; and two amazing singers: Sonya Kitchell e Amy Keys.
See you soon, Herbie!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dylan in Portugal

Last Friday, Bob Dylan was just Dylan. Maybe I am very suspect to talk about him, since I am a big fan of Dylan, but the truth is that this was really a wonderful concert that I will not forget too soon.

After seen him live on three other occasions here in Portugal, this fourth time was a new surprise to me with new revelations of his musical capabilities. He keeps on reinventing the music, without ever losing its personality trait, whether you like it or not.
For example, the reinvention of "Girl From North Country" with a completely different sound very far from the original one, was a surprise to everyone.

Like in 2004 concert that I attended, he was just playing keyboards. No guitar playing by him, but the band was amazing as usual and his presence on stage makes us to forget all our personal wishes. With him, we should be always prepared for surprises because he will do everything he wants not what the public wants. Comparing with 2004, his voice was much better, which makes me very happy.
Very professional (as usual) and with his rigorous behaviour, he seems to be amused with the concert below his white hat and his perfect suit.

Dylan has long realized that the live concerts are unique moments, maybe this is one of the reason that make him travel around the globe on tour for so long in what one day he called "Never Ending Tour". Last Friday, he played in Portugal again, and despite its 67 years he proved that he can still create and recreate music while giving us magical moments.

The video clip below did not have much quality since it was taken with mobile phone in the middle of more than 20000 persons. But it gives you a small idea of the night:

1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
3. Lonesome Day Blues
4. Things Have Changed
5. Girl Of The North Country
6. Tangled Up In Blue
7. Desolation Row
8. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
9. Spirit On The Water
10. Highway 61 Revisited
11. Ain't Talkin'
12. Summer Days
13. Ballad Of A Thin Man
14. Thunder On The Mountain
15. Like A Rolling Stone

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Lord Of The Ages

Music by Magna Carta, one of my favourites bands. After the big success in the 70s, the band continued by the hand and soul of his leader Chris Simpson. Linda joined the band in the 80s giving a new life to the band that is still playing a mix of some old songs with fresh new songs.
If you do not know them, there is still time to discover their magical sound.

By the way: Happy Birthday Chris!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

World Lymphoma Awareness Day

Do you really know what is a lymphoma?

The Lymphoma Coalition, a non-profit network organisation of lymphoma patient groups, is gathering information from people with lymphoma, their family and friends to find out more about general awareness levels of lymphoma, patient fears and the support patients receive following diagnosis.

Please take the time to answer their questions after clicking the following logo and selecting your language.

You can also read more about World Lymphoma Awareness Day or about lymphoma in general on their website.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

World eBook Fair

The World eBook Fair gives you free access to over 330000 eBooks in more than 100 languagues until August 4th.
This event celebrates the 35 years of Project Gutenberg that started in July 4th 1971 with Michael Hart delivering the first eBook.

Take a look at World eBook Fair

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Step by Step

It always a drama when a soccer match has to be decided by penalty kicks. It is battle between the striker and the goalkeeper. Speed, technique, emotions control and also lick will take place on this game.
Once again (repeating Euro2004) Portugal wins over England in a dramatic match. None of them really deserved to lose the game, so going to this knock-out round was more than justified. England is out, but with honour. Portugal will wait for Brazil or France to continue this dream, step by step.

Monday, June 26, 2006


In our life, everything changes a little bit each time it happens. Nothing happens exactly as before, because experience will always make an important role inside us. While avoiding fears and errors from the pass we will try to change the way things are done and recognized by our own minds.
We are also in a constant change since every piece of our life will introduce something new to us that we can incorporate in our being. So everything changes a little bit while we play our role in this world, including ourselves.