OCTOBER 2010 – SOLO EXHIBITION AT desChamps GALLERY, LAMBERTVILLE, NJ

"Sunset" (detail) Oil 24x48 inches

Through dreamy riverscapes, local landscapes, portraits, or empty rooms full of emotion, Luiz Vilela is creating some of the most compelling images of the Delaware Valley area seen today. In his recent works on view this fall at desChamps Gallery in Lambertville, Vilela’s work offers a powerful range of mood and color, in both bold and delicate combinations. Working to achieve accurate representation without too much idealization the artist is conscious of his mind insights and the power of observation.

Luiz’s paintings, watercolors and drawings have been exhibited in galleries in Bucks and Hunterdon Counties, and New York City. His paintings have won awards in several art shows including “The Lambertville And The Surrounding Area Exhibition,” at Coryell Gallery, in Lambertville, NJ; “The Phillips’ Mill Show,” in New Hope, PA; and “79th Annual Exhibition of the Hudson Valley Art Association” at The National Arts Club, New York City.

Luiz Vilela is a member of Portrait Society of America, and the Artsbridge’s group in the Delaware Valley.

Exhibit Dates:   October 1 – November 14th   / Reception: October 9th  5-8pm

The desChamps Gallery, 7 Lambert Lane • Lambertville, NJ • 609-397-2100

http://www.deschampsgallery.com/

STING in concert

Jul 17, 2010 by


Roqueiro, strings attached.

If there was ever a concert where Sting seemed small on stage, it was last Wednesday (July, 14) evening at the Metropolitan Opera, where he played for a sold-out house fronting the 45-member Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

The show, called Symphonicity — a word play on The Police’s 1983 album “Synchronicity” — was a clever musical treatment that humbly placed the importance on the music rather than Sting’s celebrity. At the same time, it was also a major boast by Sting when he claimed his music can stand up to the power and grandeur of a full classical orchestra.

The impression I had was that I was on a plane flying towards a giant cloud, in this case a cloud of sound – and slowly, the huge sound wave enveloped me. And what a sound! … I don’t have trained ear for classical music, yet my sensitivity warned me that all the musical notes coming out of that stage were right on the button, all in the right tone (but of course!) Due to impeccable competence of all the musicians of the orchestra, of which Sting said “it’s the biggest band I’ve ever had.”

Elegant in a tuxedo jacket over a dark jeans and black sneakers, he told stories between songs, explaining why he created them. These Englishmen … are admirable even! When I went to see David Bowie’s concert I had the same impression: that guy, stylish and elegant! The two have an attitude on stage only surpassed by Caetano Veloso, in my opinion.

The way they hold the microphone and, occasionally turning their head to the side, looking down.

Sting is a complex guy, but in the end, this reinvention of his songbook was simple. At this classy affair, Sting and company were playing the good stuff. By playing “Roxanne” with a moody instrumentation and a Latin undercurrent, Sting’s old story about devotion to a street walker seemed new again.

Sting, who created many of the best songs he played at this concert while he was in a little trio called The Police, should know size doesn’t matter. Yet, during numbers like the sad-yet-powerful “I Hung My Head,” “King of Pain” and “Every Breath you Take,” there was balance between the rock and the symphonic.

One surprise: suddenly, accompanied by the sensual sound of a trumpet, they attack in bossa nova rhythm and Sting sings the song I most enjoyed in the show which I had never heard before, “All would envy” about the passion of an older guy for a young woman, and he said he took it (the music) from the bottom of the trunk.

Sting sang for 3 hours!

This is one of the must-see concerts of the year.

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Se alguma vez houve um show de Sting no qual ele pareceu pequeno no palco foi o de quarta feira à noite (julho-14) no Metropolitan Opera House, em New York, onde ele tocou para uma casa lotada em frente aos 45 membros da Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

O show, chamado Symphonicity – um jogo de palavras com o álbum/The Police de 1983 “Synchronicity” – foi um tratamento musical inteligente que, humildemente, colocou a importância da música ao invés de celebridade Sting. Ao mesmo tempo provou para o cantor que sua música pode enfrentar o poder e a grandeza de uma orquestra clássica.

No palco do teatro mais imponente de Manhattan a atitude dele era de que não estava nem aí, digo, parecia que ele nos recebia para um sarau no pátio do quintal da casa (castelo) dele na toscana.

A sensação que eu tive foi a de que eu era um avião voando em direção à uma nuvem gigantesca, neste caso uma nuvem de som – e aos poucos, a imensa onda sonora me envolveu. E que som! … Eu não tenho ouvido adestrado para música clássica, ainda assim, minha sensibilidade me alertava que todas as notas musicais que saíam daquele palco eram corretíssimas, todas no tom certo (mas claro!) devido a competência impecável de todos os músicos daquela a qual Sting chamou de “a maior banda que já me acompanhou.”

Elegantíssimo, num casaco de smoking em cima de uma calça de brim escura e tenis preto, ele contou estórias entre as canções, explicando o por que de cada uma delas. Esses ingleses… São admiráveis mesmo! Quando fui ver o show do David Bowie eu tive a mesma impressão: que sujeito cheio de estilo, e elegante! Os dois tem uma atitude no palco só superada por Caetano Veloso, na minha opinião. O jeito de segurar o microfone, e, de vez em quando virar a cabeça para o lado, olhando para baixo.

Sting é um cara complexo, mas no final, esta reinvenção de seu songbook foi simples. Nesta clássica performance, Sting e companhia brincaram com coisas boas. Não que a canção “Roxanne” realmente precisasse trocar o swingue do reggae em favor dos metais e das cordas. No entanto, usando uma instrumentação temperamental e uma nuance Latina, a conhecida música sobre a fascinação de Sting por uma prostituta holandesa pareceu inédita novamente.

Sting, que criou muitas das melhores canções que ele tocou neste “concerto” enquanto ele estava na banda The Police, deve saber que tamanho não faz diferença. No entanto, durante as canções de fossa “I Hung My Head”, “King of Pain” e “Every Breath You Take” havia um balanço entre o rock e a música sinfônica.

Uma surpresa: de repente, acompanhados pelo som sensual de um trompete, eles atacam de bossa nova e Sting canta a música que mais gostei do show a qual eu nunca tinha ouvido antes, “All would envy” sobre a paixão de um cara mais velho por uma garota, e ele disse que a tirou (a música) do fundo do baú.

Qualquer impressão de que este foi um chouck’n’roll orquestrado por uma estrela roqueira buscando relevância foi completamente apagada pelo contexto do evento ao mesmo tempo em que flutuava na voz maleável do cantor.

Sting cantou por quase 3 horas!!

Este, um dos shows imperdíveis do ano.

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