We are based here in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

There are certain countries, the names of which fire the popular imagination. Brazil is one of them; an amalgam of primitive and sophisticated, jungle and elegance, beating drums and luscious jazz harmonics — there’s no other place like it in the world. And while Rio tends toward the more worldly and urbane end of the spectrum, Bahia and its capital Salvador tend toward the other…the atavistic and primal…

There’s No Place Like Salvador

The world is full of variations on and versions of much of what can be found here: a tropical climate, beaches, festivals (although Salvador’s Carnival is another thing altogether), fascinating local customs and sites, food, history, music, dance. But Salvador — and Bahia — by virtue of the enormous weight of history it bears — go far beyond these merely: pushed, pulled, stirred, hefted, lifted and ultimately borne by powerful and profoundly moving cultural currents.

If nothing else we hope to impart to you, unknown friend, some wan reflection of what makes up what is, in spite of vast travails and only by virtue of the beyond-resilient people here — past and present — one of the most enchanted places on earth.

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Our Music and Arts Matrix

The original meaning of “matrix” is “source”, from “mater”, Latin for “mother”. Our matrix is a real mother for ya!

It’s in a sense the polar opposite of earth-swallowing Facebook (yeah, I complain about Facebook but I use it; it’s like they’ve got everybody lined up against the wall with their hands up and you can leave if you want but that’s where everybody is so you grudgingly stay).

While Facebook is about who you know, and keeping in touch and abreast, our matrix is about who you don’t know…and if you are somebody who creates something…about who doesn’t know you!

The matrix began with a conundrum (Salvador and Bahia abound in conundrums!):  Brilliant musicians…some of them out-of-this-world class…who cannot be found by the outside world-at-large. They will never be part of the corporate major-media complex (matrix?) which allows artists to become known (and more to the point, sold) worldwide. By what means then can we make it possible for an artist from Salvador or from the Bahian backlands to be findable from afar?

The answer (our answer anyway) is that we allow people to make connections to people. And those people to other people. And those people to yet other people. These connections are curations, and curations-in-series are worldlines. And worldlines can be followed.

For this to work best for poverty-stricken geniuses in Salvador, it should be all-inclusive in terms of arts and locale. Meaning that by allowing the entry of architects from Japan, and filmmakers in Paris, and writers in New Orleans…chuleiros (singers of African-Bahian samba) in Boca do Rio, Salvador and São Braz, Bahia are made more findable by more people from more places.

More explained here: www.matrix121.com

Or go straight into the Matrix