Chloe’s end of school concert

Patrick, Jason, Millie, Lara, Iryna, Maya and myself attended Chloe’s end of school concert.

She was so happy to have all of us there. I had done her hair right before.

She did well, had fun and enjoyed singing and dancing for us! She performed “True Colors” and “Footloose”

She was beautiful and so wonderful! We were so proud to see her performed!



Carrboro Day

I had a girls brunch today, and right after the girls and I cleaned up and then all of us went to Carrboro day. We knew there would be music, bands and it would be fun to do something together.

We enjoyed the music very much, Chloe was the last girls to be able to get her face paint. They were actually done but a friend came to the rescue and begged them to paint her face. She was about to cry when they told her they were done. She had waited 45 minutes in line…. She came out smiling with a gorgeous butterfly on a face.

At the end of the festival, they were giving the big ballon away,  the girls got one! It was pink mania!

Fun way to to finish such a fun weekend with them!


Cary art center

I took the girls to see a concert of World music last weekend we had them. We want them to know and feel confident that they are old enough, that they can dress up and go experience the world. They are after all 12 and 9.

I want them to learn to get dress up, to be excited to go out and experience things that will help them later on. They were blown away by the 80 + singers that joined the stage. I was so happy to see the Paco Band again, it was nice to share this event with them.  Chloe was happy that I got her to talk to the drum player of the band and got her programed signed.

And of course it was fun to watch the beautiful Iryna and handsome Cecil perform to Piazolla.  We had Maya sitting with us, between the girls and we had a pure blast!

Here are couple of bad photos from the iPhone.


Concert back porch music

Last night we packed sandwiches and took all the kids to the last concert at the American Tobacco District. We were afraid the weather was going to be really bad , but somehow we escaped the rain!

Nice dinner picnic, homework on the lawn, Jason with us…it was a wonderful summer school night, and we managed to have the girls in bed by 8h45pm!

I love nights like that. Here are the couple of iPhone photos we did.


Chloe’s Christmas Concert

Last week we went to Chloe’s second grade Christmas concert at Kestreil. Jason, Lara and Chloe’s friend were there to applaud her. She was of course the most beautiful:-)

She did so well, she was so cute! She sang beautifully and danced incredibly. What a treat!



Farewell Milonga Pichuqueando for Cecilia Pagani

Last night was a very special milonga to honor our good friend and beautiful milonguera, Cecilia Pagani,before she relocates to Atlanta, GA
We had the milonga at Piazza Italia and we had live music.

Maestro Julian Hasse was at the bandoneon and David Garcia was at the guitar  and the live music were compliments of Jason Laughlin, Cecilia’s dance partner.

Here are the photos of the evening.

May 1st, the tradition of the “Brin de Muguet”

The flower of Muguet is also called “the Lys of the Valley” or “Lilies of the Valley” .


It is a plant that comes from Japon and was presented into Europe in the period of the Moyen-Age.

The flower represent couple of different things in France. It represent the beginning of the spring of course. The Celtes were the ones that said it is a good luck charm to receive the flower.

Charles IX on May 1st 1956, received the flower as a good luck charm and decided to give some to each lady that was in the “Cour Royale” each year on that date.

The Tradition then started that men on May 1st would give a “Brin de Muguet” to their love ones. It is sold every where in France in May.

I remember in France, the boy scouts knocking at everybody’s door, and sell muguet.

The smell is very distinctive, and soft and it is so beautiful.

In France on that day it is also Labor day, so love ones spend it together.

Funny every year spent here in the US, I miss this tradition on that day.

Maurice Careme, a Belgium poet wrote this beautiful poem about Muguet:

“Cloches naïves du muguet,
Carillonnez ! car voici Mai !

Sous une averse de lumière,
Les arbres chantent au verger,
Et les graines du potager
Sortent en riant de la terre.

Carillonnez ! car voici Mai !
Cloches naïves du muguet !

Les yeux brillants, l’âme légère,
Les fillettes s’en vont au bois
Rejoindre les fées qui, déjà,
Dansent en rond sur la bruyère.

Carillonnez ! car voici Mai !
Cloches naïves du muguet ! “


Gregorian voices at the Arzon church/ Gregorian voices a l’eglise d’Arzon

I was totally baffled when I saw the Gregorian voices were coming to the little church of Arzon to sing.

We got tickets. I as usual got my camera, and was there early to be in the front.

Wow! What a concert!

Yesterday, Kyrie Eleison, Knock knock on heaven’s door and many more songs were performed. Some very traditional, some less traditional.

It was a mystical concert, it was very spiritual.

When they started the well known song of Hallelujah, I was moved by the spirituality, the voices, the faith, the accoustic and the joy. Tears were falling down my cheeks…

Beautiful, really beautiful to see this group in my hometown!

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Carmina Burana, Carl Orff

Carmina Burana translate to “Songs from Beuern” and is a collections of 254 poems written mostly in the 11th and 12th century in a melange of old French, Latin and German.

In 1803, the manuscript of texts was found in Bavaria in a Benedictine monastery.

In 1936, composer Carl Orff set some of the poems to music.

It is one of my favorite classical piece and I have been listening to it a lot lately.

As a music lover, I have been studying the lyrics lately. I actually have been learning the lyrics. So much power into singing into a foreign language.

The lyrics are a beautiful melange of love songs, morals songs, drinking songs and spiritual songs.

I have had the privilege to go and watch the Symphony perform it in Raleigh!

I wish I would of known they would not check for lenses in bag…I would brought a different lens!

It was a fantastic concert, and having looked at the translation in English and French made me love it even more!

Goran Bregovic at Page Auditorium

Bregović is both the catalyst and ringmaster for a musical spectacle unlike anything else on North American stages.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

From the Duke website:  “A flamboyant pan-Balkan bandleader and composer mounts a colossal concert in Page Auditorium. In a four-decade career that has weathered war in Yugoslavia and exile in Paris, Goran Bregović has become legendary for his spirited performances and evocative film scores — particularly Emir Kusturica’s Time of the Gypsies and Underground. Bregović with his enormous Wedding and Funeral Orchestra also owns the unlikely distinction of having once sparked a rambunctious dance party in the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. With Bregović and his core ensemble flanked by a Bulgarian choir and a Gypsy brass band, the music is as large-hearted and miscellaneous as the Balkans themselves. The raptures of dancing and mourning combine in this exclusive Southeastern concert from the icon that indie-pop star Beirut dubbed his favorite musician ever” (ć)

Let me tell you, I was lucky and fortunate to have wonderful friends who gave me tickets as my birthday present. Thank you !

I love how drastic and emotional the concert was. No intermission, playing for 2 and half hours non-stop. I loved the fact that Goran feed off the energy of the crowd. Beautiful music, especially the “sexy trumpet”

He played off the contrast between “the happy wedding” and “the gloomy funeral , almost opera like at times. The crowd responded respectfully to perfect silence in the funeral time and happy dancing, screaming at wedding times.

A mesmerizing concert who still hunt me this afternoon.

Enjoy the photos!

Pour mon anniversaire, mes amis mon offert une place de concert pour Goran Bregovic. Un spectacle musical incroyable.

Il y avais un orchestre de funerailles et un de mariage. L’ensemble etait magnifique. Le concert etait dramatique et tres emotionnel. Sans intermission, le groupe a jouer pendant 2 heures et demi. L’energy du concert etais spectaculaire. La trompette etait d’un sexy!

Voici les photos que j’ais pu faire au concert!

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