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.
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!): There a brilliant