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MUSIC!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The music as promised! We played concerts sometimes combined with workshops at Republic Polytechnic, Lasalle College for the Arts, The Esplanade Library, Temasek Junior College, Raffles Junior College and The American School.

Vera Cruz

Isn’t She Lovely

Isn’t She Lovely (Gilad’s percussion solo)

Peace (with loop jam)

Estate

Untitled (Gilad’s “Party Tune”)

Goddess

Beginner’s Mind – part 1

Beginner’s Mind – part 2

Beginner’s Mind – part 3

A Felicidade


Prince Sachin Tendulkar Bryant!

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

My last post ended with some humor inspiring a comment by the wonderful musician Jaywant Naidu from Hyderabad:

“Hi Prince Sachin Tendulkar of Chowmahalla palace. Enjoying the photos and cute music created by us.”

In reference to the following picture:

Promting this response: “Ah!…you have discovered the secret! Brilliant!…I’ll find a genealogist to find Sachin’s and my royal ancestors! We must be related!”

My African and English heritage (both sides with a couple hundred years history in the U.S.–Georgia and Connecticut) has given me looks that can be mistaken from many different countries and cultures. Growing up in NYC I was often mistakenly believed to be Puerto Rican or Dominican. Now that I play Brazilian music people expect that I have that background (I love to fool them into believing I am from Bahia!–someday, maybe I will be!).

In 2003 I did a tour of 9 countries in 7 weeks: Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Oman, Turkey and India. In all the countries up until India people asked me if my heritage was from there (that actually shocked me!). But I thought this would all stop when I went to India…to my surprise there were two Indian women at my last concert in Oman who told me about this famous cricket player, Sachin Tendulkar whom they said was my spitting image. “Sachin who?” I asked…”Sachin Tendulkar, the Michael Jordan of cricket” they exclaimed!

I could not believe it and soon forgot about it on the plane trip to Mumbai. After arriving in the hotel lobby a beautiful nine year old girl came up to me with her mother and asked for my autograph. Without thinking I said “great, the Embassy must be doing some good publicity with the Jazz Ambassador program!” She looked at me and her mother with utter disappointment…I was not whom she thought I was and they just walked away! I was confused too until I remembered Sachin Tendulkar!

Returning to India seven years later I can say that the situation is still the same:

THERE IS A CRAZY CRICKET PLAYER WHO IS TRYING TO IMPERSONATE A JAZZ MUSICIAN!!!

These cute girls came up to me at Chowmahalla Palace (Hyderabad) and asked me if I knew I looked like Sachin. I should have said “yes, he’s my brother” which I’m sure would have fooled them!

Sachin Girls!

Actually, when I drive around and look at the huge billboards of Sachin or see his pic in the paper or on TV I really don’t see it, but I guess I’m getting used to it.

So, what do you think? Check out the video below and tell me! Maybe I can get a job being his double when he’s too tired to go to another party or autograph session!

Sachin Tendulkar or Freddie Bryant

Hello world!

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Hello World! I finally made it to my blog page and can keep you all up to date with my travel in amazing places meeting wonderful people!

Right now I am in India touring with Gilad (percussionist extraordinaire!)…we just finished an unforgettable trip to Burma/Myanmar will proceed to Singapore and finish in Papua New Guinea!

The PNG tour is a return trip…here are a couple of pics from our last visit in June, ’09…You’ll see why we are looking forward to returning!

Welcome from 8 Mile Settlement kids

Welcome from Kaugere Settlement kids-Port Moresby

Children's University for Music and Art-8 Mile Settlement

Children's University of Music and Art- Kaugere Settlement

In the coming days I will be downloading videos of these kids singing their national anthem, nursery rhymes and a samba version of the ABC song!!!

Check out this video of the kids singing their national anthem…(June, 2009)

More to come later…

Here is how we were welcomed by the wonderful people at the Children’s University of Music and Art at the Kaugere Settlement at 2 Mile in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (June, 2009)