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The Global Salon: Cities in Brazil

In collaboration with PEN World Voices Festival

Friday December 9 2011 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm ET
In-person event


The Global Salon: BRAZIL examines the country’s astounding transformation in economic prosperity and global infrastructure. Host Eddie Robinson navigates a uniquely, rich dialogue with today’s leading influencers, highlighting fields of music, design, entrepreneurial enterprises and sportsmanship. Our Brazilian Global Salon featured a festive showcase filled with discovery, emerging innovation, and cultural vibrancy.

Conversation and Performance with

Larry Rohter, Award-winning journalist; New York Times Culture Reporter; former Newsweek correspondent and New York Times bureau chief for the Rio de Janeiro office; author of “Brazil on the Rise”

Helio Alves, Pianist and composer Helio Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Slide Hampton, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Paquito D’Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Oscar Castro-Neves and Gato Barbieri, to name but a few. And now, with more than 40 recordings as a sideman – and two at the helm of his own ensembles – this incomparable musician is quite deservedly earning respect as a leader too.

Claudia G. Green, Executive Director/Associate Professor, Center for Global Business Programs at Pace University, Lubin School of Business; organizer of “Rio Green Map” initiative on sustainable development in preparation for Rio+20, World Cup 2014, and Olympics 2016; leader of  ‘Amigos Digitais,’ a non-profit that links students in the favellas of Rio with students in the Lower East Side of NYC for cultural and educational exchange

Béco Dranoff, Award-winning music/film producer — Red Hot + Rio; the documentary, “Beyond Ipanema;” and Brazilian radio show, Sonoridade

Nilson Matta, considered one of the greatest bass players in the world and since his arrival in New York in 1985 he has become the first call of many of the top US musicians. Nilson studied bass at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) with Sandrino Santoro, Brazil’s premier classical bass player. Since his arrival in New York 1985 he has become the first call of many of the top US musicians. His mastery of the instrument and unique sound have earned him a reputation as one of the industry’s most sought after players. Throughout his career, Matta has been the “go to” bassist for numerous top musicians from around the globe.

Lidia Santos, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she received a B.A. in Literatures of Portuguese Language from the University of Rio de Janeiro –UFRJ. Her Ph.D in Spanish American Literature was received from the University of São Paulo –USP. Before arriving at the Graduate Center, Prof. Santos taught at Yale University and at the Federal Fluminense University –UFF, in Brazil. 

Gretchen Parlato, Award-winning jazz & world music vocalist, 1st Place winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition; #1 DownBeat Magazine’s rising star female vocalist; ASCAP Eunice & Hal David Award recipient; Parlato has also received rave reviews as an inventive modern jazz singer with staying power by Billboard Magazine, Jazz Times, the Boston Globle, the Village Voice and NPR.



Event Details

1 hour and 30 minutes
The Greene Space
44 Charlton Street
New York , NY United States

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