GAL at Carnegie Hall

Mar 25, 2011 by

I went to listen to Brazilian singer Gal Costa at Carnegie Hall last night. Just her voice and the sound of Luiz Meira’s guitar. A show full of “bossa nova” songs – and I was expecting more songs from the repertoire of Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, etc. … Anyway it was wonderful until the end – after all, is not everyday that we have the luxury of listening to top quality Brazilian music, live, in the US.

As she said: ”This is my mission on this planet: to give comfort, to give good feelings with my voice and my music” And that was exactly what she did on the stage of the most wonderful theater in America.

When she returned for the encore she sang “Dindi” I didn’t know I liked this song that much until last night, when, in my opinion, she performed the definitive version of it. The sound happening on that stage was like crystal clear water flowing smoothly between the stones in a creek. It was exhilarating!

And the waters of this river?

Where do they go? I don’t know…

I’ve waited my whole life for… I’ve waited for…


Here is a video of 1992 – she sings “Dindi” with Tom Jobim playing the piano:


Ontem à noite eu fui ouvir Gal Costa cantar no Carnegie Hall, em New York City. Só a voz dela e o som do violão de Luiz Meira. Um show praticamente “bossanovista” – e eu esperava mais músicas do repertório do Caetano, Chico e etc… e até uma pequena banda… De qualquer maneira foi maravilhoso até o final – afinal não é toda hora que a gente, aqui nos usa, pode ter o luxo de ouvir música brasileira da melhor qualidade.

Ela disse no programa: ”a minha missão neste planeta é dar prazer e emoção com minha voz e minha música” Foi exatamente isso o que ela fez no palco de maior prestígio deste país.

Quando ela voltou para o bis, Gal cantou “Dindí” Eu não sabia que eu gostava tanto desta música até ontem à noite, quando, para mim, ela cantou a versão definitiva. O som que saía daquele palco era como água cristalina fluindo suavemente entre as pedras de um riacho.

Foi emocionante!

E as águas desse rio

Onde vão, eu não sei

A minha vida inteira, esperei, esperei…


Aqui segue um vídeo de 1992 – ela canta “Dindi” com Tom Jobim no piano:

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  1. Helen
    Posted April 26, 2011 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Hello Luis- I love that song Dindi! I also love your paintings and I think this book Blood Bones and Butter sounds like a great read. I am Laura Cavaluzzo’s sister and was directed to you by a post of your painting “Fur” on FB! Fabu! Your work is so compelling.

    • Luiz
      Posted October 3, 2012 at 1:09 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Helen!! GAL is TOTAL!
      (Now, you can subscribe to the news I post in the blog!)

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