The November Project
The Michele Castro Trio
Rogers Hall, 4th and High Street, Lyons CO
Doors 7pm; Concert 8pm .
Michele Castro was born in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, in the Rocinha favela. There, she discovered a passion for music and learned that friendship is like oxygen and family is forever. Singer, composer and instrumentalist, Michele has been studying music since she was 12 years old, starting on flute at the Escola de Música in Rocinha. She began to compose at 16 years old, soon after learning how to play the guitar.
Michele writes: “The first time I fell in love with guitar was watching my mom’s boyfriend play House of the Rising Sun. When I saw him play this song, I just kept thinking, “I want to learn how to do that!”. My mom found out about the Rocinha Music School which was a school founded by a German man who thought kids from the favela deserved the chance to study music too. When she tried to sign me up for guitar, they said I was too young (12 years old) and that there was a waitlist so she put me in flute classes. Bust as soon as I turned 13, they let me play guitar. Never in my life have I dedicated myself so entirely to something. I stayed for the next five years; not just learning guitar, but singing in the choir too. I was able to build such strong relationships that I’ve kept to this day.
"In 2003, I was asked to be the lead singer of a Bossa Nova and Samba band, the first professional band to develop since the school was founded in 1994. It was called Seis que sabem, and we were asked to do a musical tour of Germany. Twenty shows in 28 days. It was my first time out of the country and I was only 19. The German people received us so well that six years later, we went back. This time, as a Choro and Forró band called Chorando à toa. We made an album as soon as we got back and my dream of living in Germany began.
"The way I see it, the school is a beacon of hope. When you live in the favela, your future is already decided for you. The most your parents hope for is that you will finish middle school and get a job. But the Rocinha Music School presents another perspective; that you can finish school and have a job doing music full time. It’s not even just about music, it shows you that you can do and be whatever you want.”
Our second act is The 89s -a rock / Americana trio from Lyons, CO, with Eben Grace on guitar, Brian Schey on bass and Michael Thompson on drums. All three sing. Eben writes the songs, which range from Elvis Costello style crafted pop, to Son Volt country tinged grit. All three members are seasoned session and touring players who now keep their gigs a little closer to home. The 89s deliver a open hearted show with catchy songs and smart playing.
Opening our night is Samba Tonk - Featuring Kate Little, Ian (the Beaver) Brighton, Eric Yates (of Hot Buttered Rum) , Raoul Rossiter and many special guests. Samba Tonk is a musical project that combines elements of Americana, Country, Bluegrass, and Samba. To date it has involved collaborations with members of Samba Dende, Ginga, Bonnie and the Clydes, and Taarka.
School of Music of Rocinha is the beneficiary of our concert. Proceeds raised will help children of the favela of Rochina obtain musical instruments and attend lessons and classes at the music school. The school has the seal of UNESCO, is registered in the Municipal Council for the Rights of the Child and Adolescent (CMDCA) and has just received an honorable mention of the Cultural Award Note 10, granted by the Cultural Institute Cidade Viva and the State Department of Culture of Rio de Janeiro. It is one of the founding projects of the Social Music Network, an association for the exchange of information and good practices among institutions that use music as a tool of inclusion and social transformation.
Tickets are available online HERE