JaZz Art continues in 2020

(“The Irreversible” ink and graphite on paper, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Every year one tries to plan what one is going to do throughout the year, at least on a professional level and I am doing just that right now. Most of the year is uncertain but one thing I am certain of already is that I will do my yearly, November/December Expo in Valencia, this year as well.

BUT…

I am open to suggestions and invitations to do expos anywhere in Europe or America.

These are some of the paintings I will include in the 2020 expo, that I’ve not exhibited although they were finished in late 2019…

“Las Flores” Collection/series Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia

I greatly appreciate the support I’ve received throughout this year. I invite all of you back so we all can continue the journey. This year 2020 will be even better, as it should be. One must always move forward and not take a single step backward, not even for impulse! And I hope and look forward to doing many more expos and other events, artistic and literary, before the November expo in Valencia. I would love to have you with me so we can all share it together and together grow.

Art is a dynamic, a language, a weapon, to be used to grow as human beings, connect and dialogue, transmit ideas and to fight the most virulent of evils, which is intolerance, bigotry, racism and injustice. I, as an artist, refuse to sit quietly by while evil takes hold of more and more people and things of this, our world. Politicians are not the only ones with a duty to the “people”, and I truly believe that artists…of all genres and fields…should and must take part in making our world a better world. After all, our countries do not belong to the ruling party in power at the moment, our countries belong to us, the people.

Once again, I truly appreciate the support of this, my blogging community, which has shown me many beautiful lessons in humanity, in art, in science and in current events. I have learned from all of you many valuable lessons and I appreciate, wholeheartedly the incredibly wonderful articles and posts I have seen and enjoyed throughout my time on this blog. I am humbled by the acceptance I’ve received and the beautiful words which you have rendered me and I humbly accept them, perhaps undeserved but greatly appreciated because I know they all came from the heart. To all of you go my sincere wishes for happiness, peace and love in 2020 and forever.

Shalom,

Francisco

(“Next to the Sea, where I love to be…” foto/digital art by FBC, OCS Valencia)

I would like to invite you to follow me on Instagram where I post my paintings as I finish them (yes, I know, I have not finished one in a couple of monts): @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

AND

You can access and see my 2019 “JaZzArt en Valencia” collection by visiting my online gallery: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

AND

If you like piano jazz, check out this CD I did with a great German pianist back in Miami, Florida in 2004. The pieces are created through jazz improvisation and I accompany Stu on the bass. Lots of people have said that the music is very spiritual and sensuous and that they can think of many things that they would like to do while this music plays in the background: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

AND

thanks…

May Your Bar Never Close

(photo by FBC)

MAY YOUR BAR NEVER CLOSE

When I think of you…

I hope that your lipstick doesn’t ruin your smile.

I hope that your days will find sunshine,

That the calendar, which you consult all the time,

doesn’t speed up your years,

And that your eyes stay as far from a tear

As they can…

I hope that your curtains gives you plenty of light

For I know the sun knocks on your window.

That you don’t have to count minutes or hours on end

While you wait for a mystical symbol.

And that a feather, bright blue, dripping with dew

Has replaced the cold iron of your pistol.

I hope that the end of the world finds you dancing

With joy,

Under raindrops of April’s own showers,

And that the lights of the stage always darken your greys

And may all of your lemons be sour.

May all of your moons be of honey,

May the bar where you drink never close,

May red roses replace all the money on Earth

And may all of your nights be my song.

I hope when you look in the mirror,

May you not find a face that confirms

what you dreamed of and thought of as fear,

And may you always a true friend remain.

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 05 FEB 2020, Valencia, Spain

Marble and Pain

In the distance I see the ghost

That rises from the filthy cracks

That populate the streets of your dreams.

She stares at me and wonders if I’m thinking of her,

And I smile, the futile half-life smile of Mona Lisa,

non-committal, insincere and false.

The comedy of our existence

is lacking taste and grace,

and in your face I see the questions

coming quickly,

seeking answers,

seeking something I can’t give you at the moment,

but that I would love to share,

and ghosts or not,

you cannot hide from your despair.

In daily conversations

we speak with frank and open words

and we lie with our eyes,

and we hide

within structures of marble and pain.

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 02 FEB 2020, Valencia, Spain

(This is sort of flash poetry. It tries to tell the story of an instance in time. It tries to define what happens when someone looks at someone else and kind of smiles. It takes an instance in time but it is still communication)

INSTAGRAM: @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

JaZzArt en Valencia: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

My group AJA, with funky blues: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja2

THANKS!

Ataturk, Great Hero of Turkey

(short video clip I made to honor this great warrior, statesman and thinker)

I do not mention great men and women in history because I agree or not with their political philosophies but because they have done great things for humanity. History recalls many greats but sometimes we do not…

Thank you for watching, if you have any comments, please, positive or negative…as long as they are civilised…are encouraged and accepted. If you did like what you saw, please like, and follow and subscribe to my YouTube channel. I will greatly appreciate it.

My Instagram is @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

My jazz group AJA can be heard here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja (piano jazz)

and my JaZzArt en Valencia collection is here: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

THANKS!

Theatre…

(Amphitheatre of Ephesus, photo by FBC)

I wanted to build you the greatest theatre of all,

where your voice would reach into everyone’s soul,

where your movements, so graceful,

and your talent,

would shine like the sun in the east.

I am the motivation,

you are the reason.

I paved the road walked.

You own the feathers that provide the lift

in the wings of lonely birds,

that fly without ever questioning where or why

things happen or things don’t.

And I’m the smoke that rises

from the cigarette that you discarded.

And the theatre that I had dreamed for you

I built for someone else.

And up there in the highest cloud,

in the most glorious place that I could find

above the sea, up in the sky,

is where I’ll leave you to decide your future.

In the stage that I created,

a new voice has now stated

that in the clouds she’s heard

from you,

no sound…

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 29 JUN 2020, Valencia, Spain

INSTAGRAM: @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

JaZzArt en Valencia: http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

My jazz with my group AJA (piano/bass): http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

THANKS!