Friday, January 27, 2017


High unemployment, tight credit conditions, political turmoil and weak external demand held Brazil’s economy in the worst recession in modern history last year. While signs of stabilization have emerged, activity is meagre and gains are uneven. Consumer and business confidence both fell to six-month lows in December along with the manufacturing PMI. However, retail sales surged to the best result in over three years in November and the current account deficit came in at a multi-year low. In the political arena, the government continues to progress with reforms. A constitutional amendment to limit social spending was approved in December and an agreement was reached with indebted state Rio de Janeiro to improve their fiscal situation.

Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:15 PM)
  • Door Time: 6:15 PM
  • Show Type: Jazz
    34 WEST 22ND ST., NEW YORK, NY 10010 PHONE: 212.206.044

Brazilian Singer and Percussionist
Anybody who sees Nanny performing immediately feels that music for him is more than just a career. Somewhat, it is how he translates rhythms and notes into pure essence – often snatching audiences away - and other times energizing them enough so they can stand up and dance “and sweat until you can’t sweat no more,” like Bob Marley once said. His ability to make any kind of music sound smooth makes Nanny a notable and gifted artist. And that’s what he is, a gifted artist. 

Rio-born Brazilian jazz composer/singer/pianist Luiz Simas is a genuine Carioca! A New Yorker since ‘89, he has led original groups in jazz festivals and clubs in the US, in Europe and in Brazil. Luiz' voice and music have warmed major venues including Birdland, the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Bargemusic. His CDs include Cafune, Impromptu, Luiz Simas Live in NYC, New Chorinhos from Brazil, Recipe for Rhythm and Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite.
The repertoire includes Luiz's infectious original tunes as well as beloved Brazilian music standards by Jobim, Caetano Veloso and others.
"Luiz Simas is not only a wonderful musician, singer and composer, he is an engaging performer who draws his audience into his witty, joyful, sensuous musical world. Simas epitomizes the fantasies we non-Brazilians have about that wonderful country, and with him, we all get to be Brazilian, at least for the a couple hours!" - Judy Carmichael, pianist
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Melrose Ballroom Present 
Nando Reis Concert
Brazil in Concert Group         
        Presentation:: Friday  , Frebuary 10 
          Doors open: 9pm  
          ShowTime: 10:30pm 
         Place: )
Address: 36-08 33 St, Astoria, NY 11106

Most well known for his time as the lead singer of the Brazilian rock band, Titas, Nando Reis broke away from the band to pursue his own solo career, which had been incredibly successful, and had been listed consistently tin the top 10 Brazilian artists. He opened the shoe with the title track from his album A Letra A, and absolutely rocked it with his acoustic guitar and his backing band. The band that support him on his solo tours are called Os Indernais, and they’re exceptionally talented.
Until seeing him live, I didn’t realise just how incredible Reis was at guitar. Of course everyone knows he’s an incredible bassist from his time in Titas, but his acoustic and lead guitar playing was incredible. You just don’t realise the extent of his talent on his studio recordings, but his improvisations, both instrumental and vocal blew me away.
He played a great selection of his new and older music, and even played one or two Titas tracks he’d adapted as solos. He focused mainly on Sei Como Foi Em BH, his newest album, which had everyone singing and dancing along. Although a lot of the audience weren’t Portuguese speaking, he taught us little sections of the tracks, and we were singing along with him. It was great, and despite the language barrier, I understood the narrative of every track due to his dedication and commitment to the songs.


BAMkids Film Festival 2017

AGES 3—11

Part of BAMkids

In association with Northwest Film Forum and TIFF Kids International Film Festival™
Brooklyn’s favorite children’s film festival returns for its 19th year, presenting the best shorts and features from around the world—representing 27 countries in total. This year’s fun-filled program showcases curated selections from the top children’s festivals in North America.
BAMcafé is open all day long, so stop by after your screening for food and a host of fun activities.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Organizing for Action

I have disturbing news. Today we learned about a series of actions coming from leaders in Washington, D.C. that violate our American values.

We learned that they are moving forward with plans to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on an outrageous wall when the border crossings it seeks to block are at some of their lowest levels in decades. They will start punishing sanctuary cities that protect undocumented immigrants. And they're gearing up for even more actions, like banning refugees or individuals from majority-Muslim countries.

But we are a nation of immigrants. Nearly every one of our families came here from somewhere else. And the diversity, youth, and energy that comes with that has made us the country we are today. Immigrants and refugees have contributed to our communities, paid taxes, and even put their lives on the line to defend our country in the armed forces.

Turning away from others won't make us stronger. It will undermine what has made our country great for centuries. At moments like these, we need to stand up for our values and stay united in the face of fear and division.

Add your name if you agree that walls, bans, and divisive politics don't represent us.

We've fought for comprehensive immigration reform for years now, from bipartisan bills in Congress to supporting DACA -- a program that has granted nearly three-quarters of a million young people who are Americans in every way but on paper the ability to work and contribute to our country.

We won't be silent now while some at the top erode our American values by targeting the vulnerable.

We're better than that -- our compassion and ability to welcome newcomers is an example to the world.

Everyone has a role to play in building this country, neighborhood by neighborhood, and town by town -- no matter what your last name is, what your religion is, or where your family came from.

That's what we believe. Say you do, too.

Add your name

As a consequence of the recent political, judicial, economic and financial turbulence in Brazil, many Brazilian companies, large and small, have been attempting to restructure their debts, have filed or consider filing for recuperação judicial in Brazil or for bankruptcy protection in the US, or have been seeking investors or buyers.
A panel experienced in distressed investments in Brazil will discuss what opportunities and challenges the current economic environment in Brazil has created for distressed investors. The discussion will include the following topics:
  • Overview of distressed market in Brazil
  • Explanation of legal framework governing recuperação judicial in Brazil and main differences and interplay with US Chapter 11 and Chapter 15
  • Issues affecting DIP financing in Brazil
  • Impact of Lava Jato
  • Issues of concern in distressed M&A in Brazil
The panel will be composed of the following speakers:
S. Wade AngusPartnerJones Day
Marcello HallakePartnerJones Day
Pedro A. JimenezPartnerJones Day
Marcelo RicuperoPartnerMattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados
Time: 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Jones Day - 250 Vessey Street, New York, New York, 10281, United States


Emmanuele Baldini & Roberto Turrin: Americas

Americas Society

February 3, 2017


Roberto Turrin, Emmanuele Baldini (Image: Queila Susã for Clicicart Studio)
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Admission: FREE and open to the public.
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Brazilian-Italian violinist Emmanuele Baldini, who for over a decade has been concertmaster of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, joins forces with pianist Roberto Turrin in "Americas," a program featuring works by Aaron Copland, Alberto Ginastera, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Toronto-based Polish composer Norbert Palej.

Glauco Velásquez's Sonata no. 2 at Festival de Inverno de Campos do Jordão.
Aaron Copland (1900–1990)Sonata for violin and piano (1943)
Norbert Palej (b. 1977)Sonatina no. 2 for violin and piano (2014)
Alberto Ginastera (1916–1983)Pampeana no. 1, op. 16 (1947)
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959)Sonata-Fantasia no. 2, A. 83 (1914)

About the artists
Violinist Emmanuele Baldini has performed as soloist and recitalist across the globe, with five concert tours in Japan, two in the United States, and one in Australia. He has performed in all the major European concert halls, in addition to those in Latin America and especially in Brazil, where he has made his home since 2005. His inexhaustible curiosity and passion for music broadens his horizons, and after a commendable career as violinist (with more than 15 recordings to his name, nearly 40 different violin concertos and all of the major violin sonatas in his repertoire), Baldini is embarking on new musical ventures as a conductor: he founded the OSESP Quartet with section leaders of the orchestra of which he is concertmaster; he's intensified his teaching activities; and with the violin he's begun to explore the vast musical treasures of the Brazilian repertoire, much of which remains unknown. He has served as concertmaster of the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro “Guiseppe Verdi” di Trieste, and as concertmaster of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (OSESP), Brazil, since 2005.
Italian concert pianist Roberto Turrin graduated from the "G. Tartini" Conservatory of Music (Trieste, Italy) where he studied with Luciano Gante, as well as Lya De Barberiis in Italy and Switzerland. After receiving awards from international music competitions in Stresa and Morcone, he began his career as a soloist, performing throughout North America and Europe. Among Turrin’s accomplishments include duo ensembles with violin and clarinet, as well as numerous recordings for television and radio (RAI Italy, RadioTv Slovenia, Tv Polska, Belarus T.V.). Turrin currently serves as director of the “G. Tartini” Conservatory of Music; he previously served as artistic director of International Music Festival “Echoes” (Central European Initiative) and has been invited for the masterclass “The Piano Literature of the XX century” by many North American and European universities, including San Francisco State, Stanford, University of Toronto, University of Illinois at Chicago, Escola Superior de Musica Lisbon (Portugal), National Music Academy Sofia (Bulgaria), Music Academy Zagreb (Croatia), Norges Musikkhogskole Oslo (Norway), and Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (Austria). 
About Composers Now Festival
The Composers Now Festival celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to our society. During the month of February, the Festival brings together dozens of performances presented by venues, ensembles, orchestras, opera companies, dance companies and many other innovative events throughout New York City. Experience the sounds and get to know the creators behind the music. From jazz to indie, from classical to electronic and beyond, join us on a sonic journey through the landscape of the arts of our time. Find out more on the festival website.
Composers Now is a project partner of The Fund for the City of New York.