Conference Video

Musical Performance: Baobá, in partnership with Small World Music

Dr. Anthony Schrag
Baobá is a trio formed by Toronto’s top female percussionists taking traditional beats to the next level. Empowered by the natural musicality that flows from South American bodies, Anita Graciano, Y Josephine, Carla Dias and Mari Palhares, representing Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil, respectively, demonstrate an ideal mix of voice, melody, and instrumentation.

The seed for the group was planted on the common ground of friendship and perpetual art-making; performing primarily original songs, the quartet also throws in the occasional old-school Latin classic, all the while letting cumbia, salsa, funk, and Afro-Brazilian/Colombian/Venezuelan-inspired rhythms drive the sound.

Performance Video

Transcript:

>> Hello, everyone.

>> Hey.

>> Hi. So closing out our conference today, we have our final performance by Baobá, a trio of Toronto's female percussionists.Representing Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil.

Joining us today is Marie, a member of the new artist development program run by small world music to promoting career in sustainability and integration into Toronto's landscape and Canadian culture infrastructure for underrepresented, marginal new, newcomers, refugees and emerging artists. Today we'll be showing an edited version of the performance first broadcasted this live Tuesday, June 23 from the small world centre. Marie will talk to us about the process and the music that Baobá brings. And now we have Marie. Would you like to say anything?

>> Hello, everybody. Thanks for being with us. I'm really happy to be here. Thanks Amanda for hosting me and John from small world for always putting up a good community events, and minding the newcomers.

[ Laughter ].

>> Yes. It was a feeling. It was a very different from what we are used to it. Playing drums, playing our culture from back home. And I honestly feel in this new times that it's been really hard for me as an artist to engage, because I think in music, it's an exchange. I'm playing music for you, and you are there for me. Right? We are exchanging the energy. So it was kind of tricky to have this first performance with no crowd. Right? But we were on the stage, so that felt a little comfortable as a group to be on the stage,to listen to our drums, to be able to -- even though I had a barrier between.

It was super crazy. It was super -- it was weird, right in it wasa weird feeling of like, being separated from the people that I want to betogether and I want to play with it, and -- but overall, it was a greatfeeling, because we were on the stage, so the fact of having a place to be,like this old-world centre helped us feel comfortable in that sense, but eventhough we miss the people. We want to play for you.

>> Exactly. And so that's exactly what we'll do right now.

We'll play it for you.

>> Exactly. You got it.

>> OK.

>> Enjoy.

>> Thank you.

>> This is Josephine.

[ Music playing

>> This is called Trabuco created by Josephine. Josephinewrites all of our songs. We bring all our different influences, right, from ourartistic life, and we put it together, and that's what comes out.

>> We got it together, and women got it together with bigmarkers. And then they --

[ Laughter ].

>> Cross the corn and sing together. It's thousands ofverses. I know only four, and yeah. Let's do this.

[ Music playing ]

>> Yeah. We miss the crowd clapping. It's like what I wastelling Amanda, we miss the exchange of energy, and we always play around. Wealways like joke.

[ Laughter ].

>> Thank you all for being with us. Gracias.

[ Speaking in Spanish ]

>> You can follow us on Instagram, Facebook. Thank you.

John national art centre. Thank you. Small world centre for havingus. It's a beautiful space for rehearsals, recordings. If you ever need, smallworld.

>> Here's your answer, Chris.

>> OK. Everybody from home, this song is very very simple.

You just say Oh.

And I say [ Speaking in Spanish ]

[ Singing ]

Three times. It sounds good.

[ Music playing ]

>> Everybody.

[ Music playing ]

>> Yeah. Whoo hoo.

>> How you guys feeling? If you have any questions, please sendthem to us. I'd love to answer this. This is a Colombian percussionist andsinger and Josephine to my left.

>> This is all [not audible], people.

>> True.

>> We're just really proud of this one.

>> I am proud of this one.

>> Vaminos.

[ Music playing ]

>> I heard some people clapping before we finished.

>> All the time.

[ Laughter ].

>> So we Josephine the girl who sings and writes our songs,she teaches drumming. I also teach drumming. Yes, I know, Jennifer. Thank you.We feel this way as well. We feel really grateful for knowing each other andfor adding so much to our music and our cultures, and it's just full support,you know? When we can be with each other and play music and be who we are.Makes us feel free, you know? Gives us a lot to look forward to. So yes. I justmiss you guys. I misto play for you. You know, real deal, face-to-face, but wehave to --

we're going to have to change the way we do things. I'm so gladsmall world is taking all the concerns very serious about the COVID, and eventhough helping musicians. So I really appreciate John Campbell and small worldfor giving us this chance to perform and be together. Because we really missit. And that performance on Tuesday gave us a new perspective for a new future.

And let's be patient, everybody.

Let's stick to each other, to love, to patience, you know.

That's it. I hope I can keep make music for you. Cool.

Thanks, Chris. I appreciate it.

Amanda, you're back.

>> Hello. I'm back. I've been here. I've been enjoying themusic. Oh my goodness.

>> Thank you.

>> It's been so good. Do you want to speak a little bitabout the process of how you got together to make this performance?

>> Sure. So I've been living in Canada for 13 years now. Ihave different projects on the side with peryou canning percussion and I workin Brazilian culture and I'm always involved in festivals and performances andsuch. And then we knew each other from the scene, I would say. We started beingfriends and hanging out. And we were just like, why don't we come together andplay some music, you know? Let's do something.

And back home in Brazil, there's a group that is huge, and theyplay -- it's just like that setup much . It's like five drummers and one guitarand I wanted to do something like that. They really inspired me back in theday. So I came up to them. And also I was like how about if we do this? Howabout if we make the melodies with the drums, right? So it's not thatconventional like guitar, bass, and drum kit.

They're like no. Let's express our cultures, you know, let's tryto put this together. Anita is Colombian so she has a lot of salsa in her genesand I have a lot of Samba. Whenever we're creating something, she brings thatLatin side of her, and I bring my Latin side of my country, and we play ittogether, and it's just beautiful. There's no right or wrong. There's nolimits. You know, we try not to put limits or anything or just be likeeverybody else doing everything the way you're supposed to.

>> It's a beautiful hybrid, a fusion of different culturesand instruments. I think that is resonating with our audience.

>> We're really miss our bass player. It gives a differentfeeling.

>> A different feeling, a different vibe. For sure.

>> Exactly.

>> We'll bring her back.

>> And we'll have more music coming, which is great.

>> Yes, exactly.

>> So is there anything else that we can ask the audience toask Marie before we close off?

>> I love that Jonathan is here saying all this --

[ Laughter ].

>> So making like, because it's a hard time for musiciansand start making freezes for my friends to sell like we do in Brazil and makelike a -- it's sort of like a plastic bag and you take the tip, just like theones you have in the store.

>> Exactly.

>> And Jonathan is always like tell people, because they'rereally good.

[ Laughter ].

>> What's your favourite flavour?

>> Nutella.

>> Nutella freezes?

>> Yes much it's phenomenal. He had one, so he can say it.And yeah. You guys can go on Instagram and follow the page if you want tosupport a musician that has no job.

[ Laughter ].

>> Oh, it's tough. This new times that people are saying,it's been a challenge, but I'm trying to keep myself busy keeping the freezes,studying music, you know, doing those things.

>> Everyone wants the music and they want the freezes.

>> Exactly.

>> If you can mix that into a festival, that would befantastic. I don't want to take your money. I want to give it back to you too,my friend.

>> Oh Marie, it was lovely having you.

>> Oh, thank you, Amanda.

Appreciate it.

>> And so we're going to close out the conference and saygoodbye to you. Thank you so much for coming and participating can us.

>> Thank you. Wonderful for having me. Thank you so much.

I really appreciate.

>> Thank you. Bye.

>> Take care, guys. Have a good day. Ciao.

>> OK. So I will invite our two hosts to close theconference.

I have Jennifer Gordon and Mikita Arlow who will join us again ifyou can.

>> Thank you, Amanda.

>> They are coming right now.

>> We are waiting for Jennifer.

Right?

>> Hi.

>> Hi.

>> So I just want to say a big thanks to everyone who joinedus todaytoday. To those who joined us yesterday, and we had two super busy daysactually, and I want to say thanks to all our speakers, all our artists and ofcourse thanks to the audience, because we actually reached 500.

Half a thousand. It's a great number. Thank you all for enjoyingus. It's amazing. And I also want to thank archive captioning services forcreating captioning and Michelle Bucolz and Jacquie Comrie for providing yourartwork for intros to all of the sessions and Humber College, centre forcreative business innovations and work in cult and you are of course hugethanks to our big and awesome team, Kyla, Amanda, Kristen, Julian, Rachael, Hannah,Polly and many others and of course thanks to you, Jennifer, and I think wereally did a great job pulling it all together, and this project was a success.

What do you think, Jennifer?

>> I'm thrilled. You know, I'm a writer and an officialartist as well as working at Humber as an arts administrator and educator, andI think I have to sum everything up, I have about four words. Humble, hopeful,happy, and then the last one, hard work. We have a lot of hard work on ourhands.

>> We did.

>> I'm really excited about it.

I'm just going to thank a couple more folks, and then pass thefloor. Thank you for thanking all those other folks there, and I also wanted tomention our mentors who helped support the team of amazing nine students whoput this together, first time through ever. If we can get some love for them inthe achat, that would be amazing.

You can find them on our team.

Everyone is there and the mentors. Yomi John of work and culture.Amazing. Colleen Smith, Diane Pelicone and Alexander Johnson.

Additionally, we would love for you to keep an eye on the CCBI,the centre for creative business innovation at Humber. We mashed all thistogether, and you know, I'm thrilled. I think it's come out fantastically. Wedeeply want to thank our partners work in culture, Diane Davey and Yomi John,once again fantastic and just to Meng we also partner with work in culture foranother cultural conference called creative works. And fantasticfantastically,they've been watching us and they helped with the mentoring and steeringcommittee and they decide for 2021, in May, they're going to do theirconference virtually too. So fantastic. Yes. So keep your eye on that forcreative works. And once again, yeah, thank you for all of our speakers, all ofour mentors, all of our audience. This amazing student team that put thistogether at emerging arts professionals. You are fantastic. It was fantastic.

Thank you so much, the internal support from Humber and all of youout there watching and participating and helping. It's been fantastic. So yeah.

Please stay in touch, and we're already thinking about the nexttime we meet, and the actions we can take in between. And also keep your eyeout. We'll have the graphic note taking. It's almost like a mind map that'sbeen drawn out of each session.

They'll be up on the site before too long. Fantastic weekend.

I'm going to be quiet now.

Thank you all of you so much, all 503 of you. Have a greatweekend.

>> Thank you. Thank you. See you soon somewhere.

Welcome and Keynote Address Chat Log

Below is a log of the live chat that occurred during this talk. The format is:

Timestamp

Username

Comment

Emojis that were used in the chat will appear between colons, e.g., :smile:

Chat Log:

00:01:52

Culture's Compass

Hello and welcome to our last Artist Performance  of the day!

00:02:11

Tuhin

These paintings are amazing!

00:02:40

Kyla Ross

absolutely gorgeous works by Jacqueline Comrie!

00:02:55

Culture's Compass

yes! and you can view more of her work at:  http://jacquiecomrie.com/

00:03:02

Kyla Ross

Thank you to Jacquie for sharing her paintings  with us!

00:05:54

Jonathan Campbell

hola!!

00:06:46

Kyla Ross

Hola Jonathan!

00:07:00

Kyla Ross

Hola Mari!

00:07:02

Abir

:clap: :clap: :clap:

00:09:02

Kristen Turner

The people miss you!

00:09:10

Kyla Ross

cant wait to watch this!!!

00:09:15

Kyla Ross

Thank you Mari!

00:10:01

Kyla Ross

so amazing that you all got to perform together  this week!

00:10:33

Maria Morgunova

:heart:

00:10:34

Mari Palhares

Hi Kyla, Thank you!!

00:11:08

Chris Coxson

Percussion instruments really resonate online. I  am happily surprised. tapping feet, swaying, snapping fingers, clapping!

00:11:16

Tuhin

This is amazing:heart:

00:11:17

Mari Palhares

Chris <3

00:11:34

Mari Palhares

We actually have a bass player that usually play  w us.

00:11:40

Maria Morgunova

:clap:

00:11:45

Mari Palhares

she's stuck in Brazil

00:11:56

Abir

WoW

00:11:57

Marcia

That's amazing! Hope to see them live someday!

00:12:00

Jennifer Gordon

Hope she's watching!

00:12:22

Kyla Ross

is the barrier for physical distancing or for  sound?

00:12:32

Tuhin

:clap:

00:12:41

Kyla Ross

:clap:

00:12:45

Jonathan Campbell

@kyla: physical distancing. it's part of the  updates we made to the Small World Centre

00:12:54

Mari Palhares

exactly

00:12:57

Kyla Ross

wonderful! thanks for clarifying

00:12:58

Mari Palhares

thanks jon

00:13:03

Chris Coxson

Where were you able to perform? What location?

00:13:12

Mari Palhares

Small world Center

00:13:12

Jonathan Campbell

smallworldmusic.com/venue/

00:13:40

Belinda Cunha

:heart:

00:14:05

amanda

beautiful harmonies!

00:14:12

Mari Palhares

<3

00:14:34

Chris Coxson

Do you know if they are available for rental? I'm  working with some musicians who would be interested in recording later this  year

00:14:48

Chris Coxson

Loving this

00:14:48

Mari Palhares

YES 100%

00:15:06

Jonathan Campbell

EXACTO con Mari: 100% the Centre is available for  rent

00:15:21

Chris Coxson

Thanks will contact them!

00:15:53

Jonathan Campbell

<venue@smallworldmusic.com>

00:17:02

Kyla Ross

A live performance like the one Bageshree Vaze  gave yesterday was intimate and fun but it's wonderful to see you all  engaging in a proper performance space with the proper gear!

00:17:10

Julien Rutherford

This is going to be stuck in my head for the next  week. I just know it. Beautiful!

00:17:20

Kyla Ross

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

00:17:27

Jonathan Campbell

https://www.facebook.com/baobatrio/

00:17:31

Mari Palhares

Thanks Julien

00:18:17

Kyla Ross

Thank you Jonathan Campbell and the team at Small  World for bringing us this video!

00:18:38

Mari Palhares

Small world have always supported our work like  no one else!!

00:18:55

Jonathan Campbell

We are fortunate to have an amazing team of folks  able to spring into action!

00:19:20

Chris Coxson

I've seen Small World shows at Harbourfront where  I was working till COVID-10.

00:19:24

Julien Rutherford

Thank you Mari and Baobá for sharing your art  and cultures with us. It's an honour to   witness this!

00:19:41

Mari Palhares

We do it from our hearts

00:19:47

Culture's Compass

If you're loving what you're hearing and seeing,  follow Baobá  on Instagram:  @baoba.musica !

00:19:54

Jennifer Gordon

Dancing us into the weekend!

00:20:00

Kyla Ross

I hope everyone at home does the call backs with  the music, if you have children in the home this is a great time for them  to  join us!

00:20:23

Julien Rutherford

@Mari, I can feel it! It's incredible!

00:21:19

Chris Coxson

Harbourfront is planning on making spaces  available to musicians, dancers, theatre artists to record & eventually  perform live with smaller audiences later this year, September soonest.

00:21:39

Kyla Ross

woooooo

00:21:54

Chris Coxson

My body and soul feels fantastic

00:22:05

Abir

:clap: :clap: :clap:

00:22:15

Kyla Ross

how long had it been since you all performed  together last?

00:22:51

Jennifer Gordon

:dancer: :dancer: :dancer:

00:22:56

Mari Palhares

wow I would say last november

00:23:36

Marcia

love these rhythms!

00:24:33

Mari Palhares

thank you Marcia!!

00:25:09

Marcia

so nice to see women musicians killing it!

00:25:16

Mari Palhares

<3

00:25:52

Jennifer Gordon

how were you introduced to Small World?

00:26:18

Mari Palhares

I knew then since back in the day

00:26:21

Kyla Ross

:clap: :clap: :clap:

00:26:23

Mari Palhares

from other shows

00:26:31

Jennifer Gordon

Fantastic

00:26:36

Belinda Cunha

:clap: obrigada!

00:26:44

Kristen Turner

:clap: :clap: :clap:

00:26:44

Jennifer Gordon

I'm so happy you   found each other

00:26:47

Tuhin

:clap: :clap::clap::clap:

00:26:55

Kyla Ross

Gracias Mari and Baoba!

00:27:01

Jonathan Campbell

because if Small World hadn't come across Baobá  we wouldn't be doing our jobs right!

00:27:27

Chris Coxson

I'm sending your Facebook link to many I know who  will love your music & culture

00:27:57

Jennifer Gordon

Beautiful words. Feeling it with you

00:28:25

Kristen Turner

Thank you Small World & Jon!

00:28:26

Marcia

Stay safe and keep on making such awesome music!

00:28:46

Kristen Turner

Thanks Mari! Amazing music

00:28:49

Chris Coxson

You're welcome@

00:29:26

Abir

Thank you :slightly_smiling_face:

00:30:12

Jonathan Campbell

Small World is psyched and honoured to be able to  work with folks like Baobá and Mari. And there will be more to come for  sure!
 Follow us: insta: smallworldnotes
 and
 facebook: smallworldmusic

00:30:52

Jonathan Campbell

And most importantly, Mari's new bizness is  delicious and perfect for summer:
 https://instagram.com/geladona.toronto

00:31:19

Kyla Ross

oooh yum! i want one!

00:31:59

Kyla Ross

innovation!

00:32:08

Jonathan Campbell

aMAYzing

00:32:10

Tuhin

Just take my money

00:32:42

Kyla Ross

i want both!

00:32:43

Jennifer Gordon

and meeting us!

00:32:59

Kyla Ross

you're awesome!

00:33:01

Kyla Ross

thankyou!!

00:33:02

Kristen Turner

Thanks for finishing this conference out with  such heart

00:33:06

Chris Coxson

Music is such a unifier!

00:33:07

Tuhin

Thank you!

00:33:14

Mari Palhares

<3 thanks again everyone

00:33:14

Jennifer Gordon

ciao

00:33:21

Mari Palhares

It was a pleasure

00:34:12

Marcia

Thank you!

00:34:13

Maria Morgunova

Thank you

00:34:27

Kristen Turner

Yaaaay!

00:34:50

Kristen Turner

:clap: :clap: :clap:

00:35:08

Abir

Thank you ALL   so much for this great organization

00:35:27

Inga Untiks

BIG success!! Congratulations all!!

00:35:29

Jonathan Campbell

congrats all!

00:35:45

Leah Snyder

Amazing job - everyone!

00:35:49

Abir

:clap: :clap: :clap:

00:36:13

Tuhin

They are THE BEST

00:36:27

Julien Rutherford

THANK YOU MENTORS!!!

00:36:28

Kyla Ross

Great job team! Humber Arts Administration and  Cultural Management!

00:36:59

Kristen Turner

www.culturescompass.com/conference-team for just  some of our awesome team

00:37:01

Leah Snyder

So impressed by all the students putting this all  together and so quickly!

00:37:36

Abir

Great Job !!!!

00:37:46

Julien Rutherford

Also a big thank you Humber's User Experience  Design program!

00:37:46

Natalka Duncan

:clap: :clap:

00:37:56

Kristen Turner

:heart:

00:38:17

Culture's Compass

Check out the Culture's compass team! https://www.culturescompass.com/conference-team

00:38:16

Kyla Ross

Thanks to Michelle Buchholz for the graphic  notes! we cant wait to share them all!

00:39:14

Deborah Herman

Thank you, team! :clap: :kiss: