Bernardo Oliveira is the font of all knowledge. Larger than life in every way. Tuesday he organised a lunch for us in North Zone at a fabulous corner restaurant called Adonis – famous for its bachalau (codfish). So the gang pitched up for a feast – Mark Fell, Keith Fullerton, Philip Jeck, Chico, Luis & Joana from Quest, Bernardo, Clare and me.
And what a array of food but really best of all was the resaurant’s amazing atmosphere. Wide open to the street, fans burring round and the talk of Brazil and UK. The cod was amazing and of course the inevitable caipirinhas. They go down a treat!
Bernardo then took Philip, Clare and I to a record and book shop, Baratos da Ribeiro, in Copacabana where I made my first purchases of the trip. I got an old anthology of Brasilian poetry and the classic Orquestra Afro-Brasileira Lp. What was really interesting was the discussion that broke out between the owner and Bernardo about (guess what?) Public versus private funding for the arts. No matter where in the world you are these same old discussion bring out passions and a sort of spirraling unsolvable dilema… and so it goes (as Kurt Vonnegut would have said).
Audio Rebel awaits us and more hard pushing Fell and Fullerton in duo. Really amazing duo! Astro Boy started proceedings with a more ambient approach. The Audio Rebel crowd crammed in and the atmosphere buzzed with the Novas Frequencias feeling…. warm and human!