Earlier this week the MIS (Museu da Imagem e do Som) had singer/songwriter/composer Carlinhos Brown as a guest for their monthly series Notas Contemporâneas, where he discussed his career, axé music, and the background of specific songs, performed by a guest band. While the whole evening was great, my favorite moment was at one point where in the middle of the band playing a song, Brown suddenly got up from his chair and uncovered a dusty piano sitting in the far corner, nearly obscured from view. He decided to play a bit to accompany them, but given that it wasn’t mic’ed up, it didn’t add much. The next few songs he stuck to sitting with the moderator and fingering the chords as the band played.
But then another song came on that provoked him to get up, make his way through the band and varying instruments, and arrive at a drum sitting in the corner. He inched a microphone on a stand near it, crouched down in the back and played that drum.