Alquimia Do Amor Antigo...
Estamos 'trans-formando' para o encontro e reconhecimento com esse Amor ou nos distanciando dele?
Alchemy Ancient Love...
Are we 'trans-forming' to move towards recognizing this love, or distancing ourselves from it?
It comes as a full circle, guided by life’s great spiral to Portland, OR participating in this event/project, along with these talented and kind musicians who are planning, organizing, rehearsing and playing it with me in this event. My heart sings a loud thanks to you!
Here, I have found a home as an American, and I'm so touched for having the opportunity to honor my beginnings...
Chico Science - apart from sharing the same mud backyard growing up, he symbolically represents that connection with my culture (Northeastern of Brazil in Olinda/Recife Pernambuco) and everything that essentially makes me who I am, viscerally.
In his songs, he was able to unify cultural traditional Maracatu with the creation of a new and genuine Pernambuco rock, using many of our traditional and local musical sounds. His transcending lyrics make references to the struggles of our people - which is also my own struggle, and offer voice, empowerment and ideas to go about creating a more ethical and just society. Singing his songs reminds me to not take privilege for granted and to give back not only "food and water" but also essence and Art - what he would have me do...
I'm also immensely thankful for my uncle José Assunção, also known as Nininho (Founder of Maracatu Badia), for dedicating his entire life to Music, in particular Maracatu. Taking our culture and sound around the world, teaching workshops and promoting our ancestors greatest gifts - Love, Resilience and Art. It eventually brought him to Portland, OR and he introduced me to this great Maracatu-PDX community dedicated to sharing it further.
As a Northeastern Brazilian, I almost immediately welcomed them all into my life as a second family, one that I've longed to have for almost 20 years since moving to the U.S. All of my band mates and the incredible team of four; Steven Schob, Tara Deodhar, Dianna Ramirez and Beto Guimarães, have guided and inspired me to explore my musical talents and to celebrate my culture freely and proudly in this amazing city! To them all I'm humbly grateful, truly...
Furthermore, I would like to thank my nuclear and extended family for the love and support in my journey, musically or otherwise - I couldn't have done any of it without them. Finally, to the source of all life and creativity for all the gifts granted, I'm aware...
Social Media handles
FB - is currently the only social media I formally use.
There you can tag me as Dja Pierce by simply using the "backspace" key on your keyboard to remove the name "Other Name" from the tag.
I don't know how many players will be playing with me and I don't know if it applies to me.
If so, I would like both the Brazilian and Pernambuco flags along with a picture of Chico Science in the middle on the board.
Instruments you would like/need backlined
I'll bring the Alfaia that I'm using.
Ideally I would like it to be around 8:00pm - but whatever you think is best works. I plan on being there before the event begins.
Time you can be there on the day of the performance.