Sunderland Performance with Maestro Carlos Copello

After the intense La Virtuta, Misterio Tango Festival performance, Carlos Copello gave me some very special opportunities. Should I have known this was about to come around, I wouldn’t have believed it. But you know, sometimes you win the lottery in life. Sometimes, there are things in life that are incredibly and amazingly “Dreams coming true”. And sometimes, all of it comes at you, all at once.
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Emotional, Performing with Maestro Carlos Copello

Very emotional.

 

I had an amazing opportunity to perform with the maestro Carlos Copello this past Sunday night in the Misterio Tango Festival’s closing milonga at La Viruta.

 

The opportunity came about on Wednesday night when he suddenly messaged me to call him. He then asked me whether I’m available on Sunday night to perform with him. I didn’t quite understand what he meant and he gave me the details of what it was. I wasn’t expecting this big news and my heart started pounding. I told him I’d think about it and I’d let him know within the hour.

 

The truth was I was scared to death. Sunday night was only 4 nights away and such a big event in Buenos Aires where there will be tons of people and maestros watching, on top of that, the closing night of the festival with him being the closing maestro. And again, this was the great maestro, Carlos Copello. I was flattered that he would even think of me and my hands were already shaking. I wasn’t sure I had the confidence to do that, and I wasn’t sure I would be able to handle my nerves. But then, I really wanted an opportunity like this, this was something I’ve always been dreaming about. After calming my mind, I decided I’d take this opportunity on, with all the fright that was seizing me, I wanted to do this. I was going to do this.

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Ron Mueck Exhibit at PROA and Dinner at ALDO’s

Ron Mueck exhibit at the PROA. Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. http://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/mueck-1.jpg

I had a day off from Caminito on Friday, but I ended up going to La Boca anyways, but for a very fun outing to the PROA museum with the girls. The famous Ron Mueck was exhibited there. I had seen the notice for this when I was still in Los Angeles, so I was excited to know I would get to see it when I got here.

These are life like sculptures in various sizes. Some were smaller than life scale, and some are huge. All of them have expressions on their faces that are not loud and pull you in, making you think of what they might be sensing or feeling in the moment captured. The details of the tone and color of the skin, the texture of it, are incredibly meticulous. You just wonder how they aren’t real. I can feel myself getting dizzy looking at one of his famous work of an older couple under a beach umbrella. It’s so real that you can almost feel them breathing and moving, but they are not moving, which confuses the mind. Continue reading

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