Abstract Jazz Arrangement (AJA), Bodo y Bakero…

(foto propiedad de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Menudo enredo…primero Bodo Vespaciano, ahora Francisco…pero C’est la vie, las cosas cambian, la gente igual y todos vamos madurando y mutando mientras vamos creciendo y desarrollando nuestro arte y talento. Al fin y al cabo, el talento es el resultado de horas y horas de dura faena artística.

Quisiera que conocieras la música que tocabamos cuando hicimos AJA (Abstract Jazz Arrangement, que significa “arreglos de jazz abstractos” o “arreglos abstractos de jazz” como quieras). El siguiente enlace te lleva a un website donde podrás escuchar piezas de piano y contrabajo:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja

Ese CD lo grabamos en el 2004 un gran pianista y yo en el bajo.

Y aquí te dejo el vídeo “Aranaki” con la canción “Yerushalahaim” de fondo. Y preparate porque durante esa etapa me llamaba Bakero. Toco la guitarra y el bajo en la grabación:

(Música original de FBC, cuadros y fotos de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Te invito a suscribirte a mi canal YouTube donde todos mís vídeos contienen mís cuadros y fotos igual que la música que he compuesto con AJA y solo.

INSTAGRAM: @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

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

Grupo AJA: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja2

gracias…

i REALLY don’t KNOW the Reason…

Featuring “Evil People” the song/video clip that I did quite a while ago with AJA, the Abstract Jazz Arrangement (www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja and http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aja2)

Hope you enjoy the images and the paintings that I did during the early years…you might recognise a few that I’ve featured in posts on this blog.

The name “Evil People” comes from the name of a restaurant/club that existed in Miami in the 1970’s. The place was made to look like an ancient castle, with little flames of light coming out of tiny windows high up on walls made to look like thick stone battlements…anyways, here’s the song, please tell me what you think…and if you like it, hit that like, share and follow…

THANKS!

Purple and Fast…

Purple and Fast!

(Photo by FBC, All Rights Reserved, Derechos Reservados, C.2019)

Travelling in style while I visited Cuba…

(All photographs and artwork are property of FBC and cannot be reproduced without written consent. Protected under copyright laws, C.2019 USA Derechos Reservados)

NOSTALGIA…

This video clip was made when AJA (Abstract Jazz Arrangement) was getting into World Beat Music, back in the late 1990’s in Miami, Florida…

The paintings are from a series I made, much later, called “Morfeta Man”.

Hope you like it…and if you do, please hit that like button, follow and share…

You can find more about my artwork on Instagram @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

and more of my JaZzArt in Valencia online galleries of 2019 at http://www.ArtPal.com/rfbravo1155

THANKS!

Life in Miami at the end of the XXth Century and the start of the XXIst…

(Looking south towards Collins Avenue, South Beach)

I lived in Miami in the late nineties and in Miami Beach…just across Biscayne Bay…in the early two thousands…

There I recorded some music and painted some pictures that I’ve exhibited all over the world…

I put together a group that I called the Abstract Jazz Arrangement, preferably called simply AJA. We recorded some nice funky sounds. Here is a video clip that I made with some of my photographs of New Orleans and which also includes my graphic work, meaning drawings and paintings and the soundtrack is AJA doing my song “Yaya”…

I used to compose music, write songs, sing and play the guitar in those days. On this song you just heard, I want to thank and recognise the great work of a well known South Florida percussionist, Rey “Conga” Diaz, from Hialeah, Florida. I think he still lives in that suburb of Miami, so if you want to hear some great Cuban percussion, look him up, I am sure he is still playing somewhere and probably active on social media…

These were my first paintings, which happily sold at my first expo in Istanbul in 2003…

Then I painted these others that same year and created my Studio & Gallery, Omnia Caelums Studios of Art Miami…

I have to also say that I went through several “evolutions” while in Miami…

In the music world I was Simon, then Bakero for a while, then Bodo Vespaciano, which became the trademark for my artwork produced up to 2018. It was a wonderful experience and I really enjoyed creating some of the things that launched me in my career. I met some of the most wonderful people that I have ever met in my life in Miami Beach, including my wife and her mother, whom I both dearly love. And of course, the many friends, musicians, and artists with whom I worked and created.

Those years were very good, especially in Miami Beach. There were galleries and live music venues everywhere. Lamentably, that is all gone now. There is hardly a trace of what South Beach was like from the late nineties and early 2000’s. Now the galleries have been replaced with corporate stores and the live music venues with nothing…

I am glad I left Miami, but I still remember those years fondly.

Here’s to you, Old Times!

Please like, follow and share…I will truly appreciate it

AND

Follow me on Instagram @Francisco_Bravo_Cabrera

THANKS!

From My Blood-Red Orange: Our Ezekiel 25:17

 "Our Ezekiel 25:17"

“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.”

Mamma, all around me I witness those who hate,
They say we're black, they say we're brown, they call us filthy names.
I see and hear how callously they rule for their self-gain,
And how they treasure for themselves the good things that we make...

“Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children.”

I’ve seen the ones that teach and guide us killed in the pouring rain,
Their path cut down, their house in ruins, their life now filled with pain,
I’ve seen the ones that seek redemption shackled and chained
To filthy walls, in iron cages, what sins have they to pay...

“And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers.”

I know, mamma, the time is coming, the day is near
For our suffering to end,
And justice from the highest sphere will
Fall like rocks from heaven upon these evil men,
I know, mamma, they’ll get their share,
Every measure, counted well
And we will smile, and we will have
A new story to tell...

“And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee."

The Question of Questioning Jazz…

Some ask, what is Jazz?  Is that a good question?  Does it really matter?  It may…but then again, isn’t Jazz a style of music and isn’t music meant to be listened to and…well, I know that we question music, we write about music, we discuss it, we analyze it and critique it…so naturally, we are used to definitions and we want to apply it to Jazz, which by nature, would seem to defy definitions…and that is because the only constant with Jazz is CHANGE!  So wouldn’t that mean that today’s definition would change tomorrow?  What is the purpose of trying to define something if the words, the thoughts, the meaning of it will be lost in a short amount of time…but I would say that to me Jazz is like Religion…it is something that you adhere to by faith and because you like what you hear…you might be a musician seeking expression and realized that the only type of music that can allow you the freedom to be whatever you want to be is Jazz! You might like to listen to something that you know comes from way deep in the heart and soul of the player…or you might be a composer seeking to challenge yourself and your ego as you write something that you know is not going to be played as you wrote it or even as you imagined it…that is Jazz too…A religion? Did I say that? What is Religion? It is a conduit that takes us from the profane to the Sacred…Jazz is a conduit that takes us from the simple to the most complex but it lays it out before us and all we have to do is enjoy it…just like God, we cannot comprehend the mysteries of the universe, but God makes it simple for us…simply believe, trust and expect a miracle…I think that the more I think and the more I delve deeply into a topic, the more I understand that all things are connected, the more I see the face of God…