Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival

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Caro Pierotto

With a captivating vintage voice and a repertoire that includes samba, reggae, soul and pop, Caro Pierotto defies labels as she musically expresses her love for Brazil.

AIRED: October 19, 2021 | 0:56:46
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- [Announcer] This program from

the Annual Summer Music Festival at the Redlands Bowl

is made possible by support from

these Inland Empire civic-minded organizations

concerned with the cultural life of our communities;

the citizens of the Inland Empire that patronize the bowl;

and viewers like you supporting local public television

in the Inland Empire.

Thank you.

(audience cheering) (audience applauding)

(lush samba music)

(audience applauding)

(singing in Portuguese)

(singing in Portuguese)

(audience applauding) (audience cheering)

- [Caro] Ah, thank you very much.

I was born in Brazil.

I have been in the United States,

specifically in Los Angeles for the past 17 years.

I did start singing late.

I started singing when I was 28 years old,

and it was one of those midlife crisis.

I was doing something completely different.

I used to work in my family's company,

and I was completely caught in this wheel

of just work, money, work, money,

but completely empty inside as satisfaction goes,

as dignity goes.

So I started singing at a choir by accident

because I went with a friend to an audition.

And they invited me to audition just because I was there.

And I made it, she didn't.

And I just completely started by accident.

And then I sang in this choir for four years

until I quit my job.

I quit my marriage at the time too.

And I moved here.

And then when I came here,

I started missing singing

and I started realizing that when I was singing,

I felt that feeling of not missing anything, of completion

of, okay, this is what I wanna do.

Because I used to lack something,

I used to feel like something was missing,

but I didn't know what it was.

And then I realized that when I was singing

was when I felt complete.

(speaking in Portuguese) (audience applauding)

(languid music)

(singing in Portuguese)

(singing in Portuguese)

(singing in Portuguese)

(audience applauding) (audience cheering)

- [Caro] Thank you.

Sometimes, like the second set of our songs

called "Papel Passado" it's like signed papers in English.

And I was actually a witness

to something that was happening to Antonio, my friend.

He was seeing this girl,

and she was completely in love with him.

She was so pretty.

But she was looking for a husband;

not just a husband,

somebody to take care of her financially.

And he knew that.

And he also knew that he wasn't gonna be that guy.

But he was kind of just pretending

just to kind of take his ride on it.

I was like, "Antonio, that's not cool.

"You know, think about it.

"Like it's karma, you know.

"Would you like that to be done to you?

"Okay, so don't do it to her.

"You know, don't lead her on

"if you're not gonna take her on."

So I wasn't part of it, but I wrote it,

as like a, "Hey Antonio, you know."

I have him as a brother, that's the kind of relationship.

So I kind of felt like I needed to tell him that.

And the funny thing is they weren't together.

This is like six years ago.

They separated.

She got married to another guy,

completely happily ever after.

And then last week he came over for us

to watch the Brazil soccer game that was on.

He told me that she got divorced

and they started seeing each other again. (chuckles)

So maybe he will be the guy after all, I don't know.

(speaking in Portuguese)

(lush music)

- One more time for me please.

One more time, hey.

Just 'cause it feels so good.

Okay, here comes your part.

One, two.

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

Nice.

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

Beautiful, thank you.

(singing in Portuguese)

Again.

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

One more time.

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

(singing in Portuguese)

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

Nice.

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

Again.

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

Nice.

♪ Oh whoa

Now we samba.

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oh whoa

(singing in Portuguese)

(audience applauding) (audience cheering)

- [Caro] Nice, you guys.

Lyrics wise, I usually write about

things that I wanna hear

because I'm gonna be singing the songs,

so they better be good affirmations. (chuckles)

There's one that I wrote last year,

right at the beginning of the pandemic.

And it's just a song and it's in Portuguese,

but the lyrics go, you know...

"You know what, we're gonna make it,

"even the stars are gonna align,

"but we're gonna make it,

"and together it's easier.

"So let's just all hold hands,"

not hold hands, but let's just all be

positive and optimistic together.

And eventually we'll be out of this.

And we are here, so we made it.

We're playing live again,

outdoors, together, in-person.

So, yeah, that's really cool.

(speaking in Portuguese)

(steady music)

(singing in Portuguese)

(singing in Portuguese)

(audience applauding) (audience cheering)

(speaking in Portuguese)

(gentle music)

- [Caro] Oh, I see the palm trees.

Yeah.

(singing in Portuguese)

- [Caro] Tell them, Fredi.

(singing in Portuguese)

(audience applauding)

(audience applauding) (audience cheering)

- My band is amazing.

I'm usually the weakest link in my team.

I only hire people that are really, really good

so then I look good, right?

They make me sound good

when I feel really comfortable with them.

And one of these people is my husband,

he's guitar one tonight.

And I just feel very safe when he's on the team.

And he ends up being like,

I make jokes about him on stage all the time. (chuckles)

Poor thing, he's very patient with me.

And then I have Felipe.

So my husband is Grecco, he's on guitar one.

And then Felipe's on percussion.

He's a friend, he's from Brazil too.

My husband is from Brazil too, but we met here.

Felipe's from Curitiba, but we met here.

But we've been playing together...

eight years, I wanna say.

And then on the bass we have Federico.

He's not Brazilian, but his fingers are Brazilian.

He's Italian, but we met here too.

And then Marcel on the second guitar.

He's from Brazil too, but he's been living here forever too.

So I usually try to get Brazilian musicians as much as I can

just because there's something that happens musically

that I don't know how to explain,

but it's just like an accent.

There's like a Brazilian accent to it.

Other ethnicities can play Brazilian music too.

But when it's Brazilian people playing Brazilian music,

there's something that happens.

And I try to bring that into the magic of playing live

and bringing the songs to fruition with that in mind.

I really enjoy that.

(speaking in Portuguese)

(lush music)

- [Caro] That's right.

Shake it.

Hey.

(singing in Portuguese)

That's right.

(singing in Portuguese)

(singing in Portuguese)

(audience applauding) (audience cheering)

(speaking in Portuguese)

(steady music)

- [Caro] Woo, come on.

♪ I'm so much more than your eyes can see ♪

♪ I look at things a little differently ♪

♪ My soul relies on my destiny

♪ Maybe life can show you

♪ Or maybe you will see

♪ Hey

♪ You see this life ain't nothing but a trip ♪

♪ One day you're alive

♪ And one day you are free

♪ So why don't we just try to dream collectively ♪

♪ So we can be ready for what tomorrow brings ♪

♪ Brings

♪ Tomorrow brings

♪ When you are defined

♪ By the things you wear outside ♪

♪ Your happiness can be taken any time ♪

♪ When you are defined

♪ By the things you wear inside ♪

♪ You're who you are

♪ And your light will always shine ♪

That's right.

Woo!

♪ Oh, no, no

♪ I'm so much more

♪ Than your eyes can see

♪ My thoughts are thoughts

♪ I choose which one to hear

♪ My soul relies on my destiny

♪ Maybe life can show you

♪ Or maybe you will see

♪ You see this life ain't nothing but a dream ♪

♪ And all our wishes become reality ♪

♪ So why don't we just try to dream collectively ♪

♪ So we can be ready for what tomorrow brings ♪

♪ Brings

♪ Tomorrow brings

♪ When you are defined

♪ By the things you wear outside ♪

♪ Your happiness can be taken any time ♪

♪ When you are defined

♪ By the things you wear inside ♪

♪ You're who you are

♪ And your light will always shine ♪

♪ Light will shine bright

♪ Oh, Oh, Oh

♪ Oh whoa

♪ Oo

(audience applauding) (audience cheering)

- I usually write about optimistic stuff,

usually just motivating myself

or whoever wants to sing along

and hop onto the positive boat, (chuckles)

bus ride. (chuckles)

(speaking in Portuguese)

(steady bachata music)

- [Caro] Come on, bachatas.

(singing in Portuguese)

(singing in Portuguese)

(audience applauding)

- [Caro] Felipe Fraga on the percussion, everybody.

(audience applauding) (audience cheering)

(singing in Portuguese)

(singing in Portuguese)

(singing in Portuguese)

(singing in Portuguese)

(audience applauding) (audience cheering)

- [Caro] Thank you very much.

Thank you, guys.

What a blessing.

(bright music)

(singing in Portuguese)

- Come on, guys.

(singing in Portuguese)

One more time.

(singing in Portuguese)

Beautiful, thank you.

(singing in Portuguese)

- [Caro] Nice.

(singing in Portuguese)

Nice. - Beautiful.

(singing in Portuguese)

- Can we just sing it now.

(singing in Portuguese)

Everybody.

(singing in Portuguese)

(audience applauding) (audience cheering)

- [Caro] Thank you so much.

I love you, Dad.

Rest in peace.

Rest in peace, everybody that has left us.

And let's honor their lives

living our lives fully with love.

A lot of the songs,

a lot of the melodies come to me when I'm like,

just like when the body kinda is busy,

it's kind of like your subconscious mind is busy

then I can hear the voices.

'Cause you know there's this thing

that artists create songs.

We don't.

We listen to songs.

They're just given to us.

But we need to be open to receiving them,

and create the space.

So, yeah, usually the melody comes first to me

and then I'll just do a little voice memo

and then I'll work on it.

And then sometimes it's just one word

that comes with a sound, with a melody,

and then I'll just work on that.

Usually, the theme it's usually something

that's happened right in the moment.

(speaking in Portuguese)

(rhythmic bright music)

(singing in Portuguese)

(singing in Portuguese)

(singing in Portuguese)

(singing in Portuguese)

(audience cheering) (audience applauding)

- My husband, y'all.

(singing in Portuguese)

- Tell them, Fe.

(audience clapping rhythmically)

- Come on.

(clapping continues)

(audience cheering)

(audience cheering)

(audience applauding) (audience cheering)

(singing in Portuguese)

(audience applauding) (audience cheering)

- [Caro] Ah-ha.

Felipe Fraga, everybody.

It's been 12 years now

that I've been doing this professionally.

I have two albums and one EP in my bag.

And I'm very proud of everything.

We're just preparing a brand new CD coming up.

We're playing a lot of the new songs in this show.

I put this show together specifically for this new phase.

It's more Brazilian focused, like Brazilian samba.

It showcases a lot of different rhythms from Brazil:

samba, xote,

samba-cancao, a little reggae.

There's a reggae in English that I wrote,

like reggae pop, not reggae Jamaica,

but like reggae Brazil, and yeah.

And I'm very, very happy to be in this moment.

(speaking in Portuguese)

(upbeat music)

Come on, let's dance this one out.

That's right.

Is everybody dancing over here?

I can't see you.

Let's go.

Here we go.

(singing in Portuguese)

(singing in Portuguese)

That's right.

(singing in Portuguese)

(audience cheering)

(singing in Portuguese)

Thank you so much, everybody.

(audience applauding)

Thank you so much.

I'm so happy you guys can come to dance with us

and share this beautiful summer night.

Thanks again.

Hope to see you all soon.

One, two, three, and four, and.

(singing in Portuguese)

(audience cheering)

(singing in Portuguese)

(audience applauding) (audience cheering)

Thank you so much.

We'll see you next time.

(applause continues)

(audience cheering)

- [Announcer] This program is made possible

by support from these Inland Empire

civic-minded organizations

concerned with the cultural life of our communities;

the citizens that patronize the bowl;

and viewers like you supporting local public television

in the Inland Empire.

Thank you.

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