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if this would be your last day on the Earth…

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I am bumping into these self-improvement, encouraging quotes, phrases, sentences all around on different social networks and the one that upsets me now for two days is the following:

Live your everyday like it’s your last days on the Earth! What the hell?!

I really got stuck on it. Anyone thought about this sentence when he/she stated?

I mean common, let’s be realistic, if today would be your last day on the Earth would you really be able to live the way you always wanted, to do things you always wanted?

Would you be able to fly to your dream destination?

to spend your time with Maluma – okay, I am exaggerating, actually I do not like him, but his name came the first to my mind 😀 …Tiago below looks much better and he can even play a guitar 😉

to climb on the Chinese wall?

to travel into the space and watch the Earth from above?

to have your own concert on a huge stage in front of more thousand people?

to shoot the movie of your life?

to hug a man you have not even met yet?

Bullshit! And I am very sorry for being impolite and using this word, but it fires out of me…

No, I am not grumpy,

I’ll just stop paying attention to these SMARTIES…and learn this song above!

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I got in a flow….

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Friday afternoon at work, finished with my report which I had to redo since yesterday as I screw one number in it. Well, you can be sure today I was paying much more attention to the details, definitely. I would not be in a mood to restart another full day work.

While doing this report – the entire day – I was listening to the weirdo 🙂 Clarice Falcao to learn a new song lyrics, but I could not fully focus on the letras (lyrics in Portuguese) 🙂 , but the melody of “Deve ter sido eu” is in me already.

I am waiting to leave the office and bumped into the song below, while listening to it I felt happiness and recharged with love. Nando has such a sexy voice and combined with Brazilian Portuguese…

I got totally in a FLOW.

I wished I could already speak the language!

My Duoliongo says I know 1000 words (afraid to use though) 😀

… you have no clue only by listening a music, how many words you can learn!

Have a great weekend all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I get lost in all these opinions I read

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I started to read blog posts about the topic what I should write about to have a successful blog and to talk to people, and I keep running into opinions that your blog needs to be focused on one-two topics.

well, there is one thing that is almost always mentioned in my blogs, the word: Brazil in some form 🙂

I do not know how this flag got integrated here… 😉

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Anyway, my inner voice is very offended on this “be focused on one thing”, as generally, even in other fields of my life I think I have issues with it 🙂

What if I am interested in many things to write about?

Can you make it to get succesful?

Any tips, advice?

Do you know any successful blogger who was doing similar, more alike personal blogging?

Hey, before you listen to this song below, read the text under my post on Instagram “with the green greeting card and smiley” to learn the meaning on the word Bunda in Hungarian and Portuguese 🙂

and now…

Ivete Sangalo is I think one of the most famous Brazilian singers and Alejandro is a well-known Spanish musician.

I discovered the song by a chance, why don’t you listen to it too? Just listen that language, it is so beautiful! Okay, I know I am subjective…btw. my Portugese vocabulary is reaching 900 words on Duolingo!

Credit: http://flaglane.com/download/brazilian-flag

one of my favourite music venues in Budapest

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I am every second week without Filip so I take the opportunity to visit places I am not in the weeks of parenting.

Couple of weeks ago we have agreed with Radmila to go to Brody Studio on one of the Mondays – you might remember Radmila, my alterego 🙂 from my post: https://karvakg.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/women-of-budapest-choir-there-you-goooooooo/

Anyway, I chose Monday as it is the day when the venue hosts musicians for jamming and a kind of open mic on the first floor at the bar area.

I became member of the club some year ago when I  went for a performance at the place. The attached photos may not reflect so well on the place, but if you have the chance to stay at their hotel (Brody house) or visit the venue, do not miss it! The place is very cozy and with a nice ambient. They offer a great variety of programs: stand-ups, workshops, events etc.

However, as mentioned, you need a membership. Get in contact with them on: https://www.brody.land/contact/

So here we are Radmila, Martina and myself having our girls night-out in Brody!

Now, I am off to learn some lyrics so I can get up there on the stage with some next occasion and sing some song!

if you know similar job possibility let me know…

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Hey people,

I am considering two type of jobs if any of you knows some opportunity or has an advice, let me know. So the jobs:

  • job in Lisbon or Valencia – whatever that suits to my LinkedIn profile, I love those languages I want to learn them in a local enviroment. Click on: MY LinkedIn
  • job in Music, Movie, Entertainment Industry – I will consider jobs that require relocation too.

Today I applied for one job at a Bulgarian company, even I am not sure about Sofia, yet the job is one of THOSE jobs at least to try to go for it.

I do not like to write those too much professional e-mails, I hope the one below will get the attention of the company though. So, it went like this:

Dear Leadership of X,

I was browsing jobs in the music industry, when I read about the „Community Manager” position in your company.

After reading the vacancy I became very enthusiastic about it, since I am very interested in working in this industry. I am a singer on my own as well, yet with a Project Manager, Team Leader, Event Manager, Sales and Brand Manager background.

The most experience I have gained by the company called Raytheon Professional Services , which is a company for delivering events and training services for automotive customers. I have started with managing translations, later I became the Project and Brand Manager for the Chevrolet brand, being responsible for managing customers, vendors in the CEE and marketing activities of the brand on a daily basis.

After a couple of years I was promoted to an Operations Manager and I’ve got in charge to manage 10 direct reports, about 40 vendor from the region and customers in the local countries like GM, Nissan, Kia etc.

After a while I felt I would like to switch to a field that really interests me and I started to network in the music, movie and modeling industry, which brought me to build a Facebook community called: Hungarian models, actors, musicians, entertainers – English speaking. The reason for creating this group was I realized there is no page that helps foreign artists in Budapest to network in these areas, agencies are posting jobs mostly in Hungarian, so I started to translate casting calls, auditions by translating them from Hungarian to English, while encouraging users to collaborate, post their programs, video reels, jobs, projects etc. Nowadays the users are posting by themselves and it is a live group.

In my private life at the moment I have unfortunately no band, yet I am part of a Women choir of International women of Budapest and in process of practising with a guitarist on songs from Brazil as I am big fan of MPB music.

Below you can find videos of me or simply search on Youtube for „Gabi Session Singer”: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgySvlUGtSKedlf74eDvQ6qlDxN8IaQg8

Earlier I had a band called Genuine Latin Groove, I was managing the band, it’s social network (which is now shut down), getting in contact with venues, organizing our concerts, working on casting, organizing and producing our video materials etc.

I am also fluent in more European languages (inc. Slavic languages), which can help me in my job to easily interract with X musicians and customers.

I hope you will find my background interesting to consider me for the job.

Thank you very much for your reply in advance,

Gabriella Karvák

Phone number: XXXXXXX

 

FINGERS CROSSED FOR ME!

get ready for the next challenge…gi’ls

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Dear girls from the choir,

Here is the traditional song I choose and promote for you to learn in Hungarian. I advise you to download Musicmatch application on your phones, so you can practise singing of the song (I use it for learning the Portuguese songs and I love it!)

Btw. I am sure you would like to know couple of words about the songs . It is a Hungarian traditional song that was collected in Transylvania (Romania) by a famous Hungarian composer called Béla Bartók, but there are also some notes that a similar song was found in Slovakia by another well-known composer called Zoltán Kodály.

The song is of course about love, a girl singing about her sweetheart 😉

Here are the lyrics (click) here:

English and Hungarian lyrics

and the song:

Women of Budapest Choir – there you goooooooo!

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…so finally I will translate the blog post from today, but only because of my ladies from the choir…there you GO!

and this is what I do nowadays…

I have noticed, that most of my readers are coming from Hungary so I wanted to share this part of my activities in Hungarian, that is the reason I am making a double post about this Budapest Woman topic.

About few month ago I have joined a Facebook group called Women of Budapest, which is as far as I know managed by a Japanese lady living in Budapest, Miyuki (she is otherwise an active program organizer of the group). So, in this group there is a Greek girl named Katerina, who came up with the idea to bring together a smaller group/choir of ladies as she is a music/opera singer/teacher. Of course, me, GABI,  I’ve taken on the opportunity,  because I know to be part of everything that is related to music and singing, plus I am a Gemini, curious, involving and be everywhere type of a person, that is why it happens to me that even in Szimpla ruin bar the bartender calls me by name, as it happened couple of days ago, when a the bartender tells me: hey, I know you from somewhere…let me think, you are managing that Facebook group called: Hungarian models, actors, musicians, entertainers – English speaking, and adds, I remembered your name is Gabriella. I was in awe and shock of course. This girl is Danae, a Greek girl, now I know her too, another acquitance on a important place in the city! 😉  I was so much surprised, that I was speachless, and all this happened in front of a Couchsurfer acquitance David, who already got the conviction that I know all in the city, which is not the case of course, I think it is only because I was moving on places where my acuitances and friends are moving too (I guess at least). But, neverthless, getting back to WoB (abbreviation of Woman of Budapest). It is an international group, consisting of women  who are supporting each other with advices, organizing programs, event, workshops, we even do co-office-ing, yet the communication is exclusively in English language, so it is a very good way for you to network and practise your language skills too.

Sorry guys, for being part of this, you need to shave your legs, do your make-up and wear high heels, if you fulfill these, maybe we consider to take you in (but rather do not even try 🙂

So, our Greek tempered lady Katerina offered free workshop I think somewhere in June to teach and we promised to be serious and dedicated members of the group by attending the weekly rehearsals in Artist Factory Studio, for now I can say we have a stabil group of 7 ladies  +/- 1-2 members of different age, nationality and music and singing is bringing us together, it is a very nice small group and I adore the girls and the rehearsals, that are full of joke, laughing and seriousness when Katerina shows her temper! 😀

I’ll insert here our first common photo, and the last one I made this Tuesday, I have to stay since the first time our group has not went through big transformations, almost all of us are in, so I am very proud at ourselves for staying together in this!

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Based on the second photo I will introduce the girls as it is easier to differentiate us, plus we have an “odd one out” (we shaved his legs before he joined, he had to go through a special ritual which is a secret and he was already allowed to take off the make-up and high heels. He asked to join, so he had to cope with us, since it is a privilege to have a selfie with us. Sorry David, now all will know about this. Poor guy, he was walking out to smoke from time to time, I think so many ladies at one place were just too much for him. 😉 There is for now only one man with a privilege to attend these events, our fan and follower, my kiddo Filip.

So from left to right on the 3rd photo: Deepty (India), Estefany (Ecuador), Sasha (Germany), the “odd one out” David from Spain, myself, Radmila, people say we are sisters and we are each others alter ego (she is Montenegrian, so from time to time we can be naughty and talk in our common language in Serbian)  and of course our strict Katerina (Greece). We are missing here Kasia (the girl on the first photo above with glasses, Poland) and Elisabeth (in the last row on the upper photo, Canada), Nataly (upper photo, girl with the phone, Columbia) and Ági, we do not know much about her nowadays, she is with the sun-glasess and she was the only local Hungarian!

***Oh and Thadea (Indonesia), we do not even have her on the photos (we will need a new selfie! She just messaged me, that she cannot wait to join us next week when she is back to Budapest!

We are rehearsing on weekly basis and learning traditional songs from our countries, now we are learning a Polish song, hopefully soon we can show up with our talents somewhere!

About the Polish song, well, even for us with Radmila it is a big challenge and tongue-twisting language, while we can speak Serbian, a slavic language!

Soon we will be casting additional ladies to our group, please follow WoB for the post if you are interested.

Music education is not a requirement, but openness, dedication, seriousness are obligatory!

Btw. I decided to translate the post as soon as possible as literally the Google translator translated the word “kakukktojás” – odd one out (David) as a “queen of the eggs”! 😀

Adios, amigas! – This is for Deepty and Katerina, as Deepty prefers to talk in Spanish to Katerina, while she does not have a real explanation why?! 😀

Though I have to admit Greek language does sometime sound a bit Latin for me too! 😀 😀

OH and we will be more famous then Donald and Melanie Trump (I added this only to attract more people to read)!

Women of Budapest! Singers! /Budapesti nők! Énekesnők!

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blogpost first in Hungarian, then in English 🙂

Message to my Women of Budapest choir colleagues: girls, if you are reading this, you can practise your Hungarian! 😉 maybe for now the Google translator can help you out! Though I have checked the translation and at one point I almost fail down of the bed..kakukktojás (engl. “odd one out”) is translated as queen of the eggs, HAHAHA

…és ez az amit mostanában csinálok, egyben ez egy kétnyelvű blogposzt is lesz, de, kelleni fog egy kis idő az angol megírásához, ha már… de eszem ágában sincs szószerint fordítani, viszont a lényeg meg lesz mindkét nyelven, legalábbis igyekezni fogok.

Azt vettem észre, hogy szívesebben olvastok magyarul, talán még mindig többen vagytok az ismerettségi körömben, vagy csak érdeklődőbbek, mint a sok külföldi ismerősöm és nem ismerősöm (nehogy valaki megsértődjön, mert elverem! 😀

Pár hónapja csatlakoztam a Women of Budapest nevezetű Facebook csoporthoz, melyet tudtom szerint egy itt élő japán nő hozott létre, Miyuki (aki egyébként egyben nagyon aktív program szervező a csoportban). Szóval, egy görög leányzó Katerina feldobta, hogy zenei/opera énekesnő/tanárként összehozna egy kisebb női kórust. Ki más mint én, rögtön kaptam a lehetőségen, no meg tudjuk, hogy szeretek mindenhol ott lenni, sok mindenben részt venni (ilyenek ezek az ikrek) ezért van az, hogy még a Szimplában is a pultos lány leszólit ezekkel a szavakkal: jaj, én téged ismerlek, te vagy…várj csak, te kezeled azt a Facebook-os csoportot: Hungarian models, actors….és a neved várj, Gabriella! Ez a leányzó Dana, egy görög lány, most már ő is ismerősöm, természetesen! 🙂 Köpni, nyelni sem tudtam a meglepetéstől, mindezt egy új Couchsurferes ismerősöm David előtt, aki már egyébként is azt gondolja, hogy az egész várost ismerem, pedig nem…csak olyan helyeken mozogtam, ahol az ismerőseim is, SZERINTEM. No de, nem is ez a lényeg, hanem visszatérve a WoB-re (rövidítve a Woman of Budapest) ez egy nemzetközi csoport, csak nőkböl áll és különböző tanácsokkal, programokkal, közösségi eseményekkel látjuk el egymást, még co-officeozunk is, de kizárólag angol nyelven megy a kommunikáció, így az angol nyelv gyakorlására is tökéletesen alkalmas.

Bocsi srácok, ehhez lábat kell borotválni, sminkelni és magassarkút viselni, talán akkor meggondoljuk a felvételt a csoportba.

Nos, görög temperamentumű Katerinánk felajánlotta valahol június környéként, hogy tanít, mi meg, hogy nagyon fegyelmezetten eljárunk gyakorolni az Artist Factory Műhelybe, egyenlőre azt mondhatom, hogy egy stabil 7 tagú csoportunk van, +/- 1-2 fő, különböző korosztályúak, mind más nemzet és a zene valamint éneklés fog össze bennünket, jó kis csapat, imádom a lányokat!

Beszúrom ide az első gyülekezési fotónkat, meg az utolsót, azt kell mondjam nagyon nem mentünk át nagy csoport átalakuláson, és büszke vagyok ezért a csajokra.

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A második fotó alapján mutatom be a csajokat, mert ott sorban állunk, igen van egy kakukktojás (leborotváltuk a lábát, itt már ép kifele tartott, így a smink és magassarkút leszedthette, ő az imént említett David). Ja és természetesen Filip privilégiót élvez, mint az én fiam és követőm 😀 ezért jöhet a gyakorlásainkra.

Balról jobbra, Deepty (India), Estefany (Ecuador), Sasha (Németország), kakukktojás spanyol, én, Radmila akivel egymás alteregója vagyunk (Montenegró) és természetesen a szigorú Katerina (Görögország). Hiányzik Kasia (fent a szemüveges lány, Lengyelország) és Elisabeth (fenti fotó a leghátsó sorban, Canada) illetve Nataly (fenti fotó, telefonnal, Kolumbia), Ágiról sajnos nem tudunk semmit, napszemüveges, pedig ő lenne az egyetlen magyarországi!

 

Hetente gyakorlunk és egymás országából tanulunk meg népdalokat, most ép lengyelül énekelünk, reméljük hamarosan alkalmat adunk majd egy személyes bemutatóra is!

A lengyel nyelv pedig igazi nyelvtörés és kihívás még nekünk is Radmilaval, akik ismerjük a szláv nyelvet!

Hamarossan felvételt hirdetünk, részletek majd a csoportban.

Zenei előképzettség nem szükséges! Nyitottság és elkötelezettség, komolyság kötelező!

Úristen, kifogja ezt angolul is megírni! Bár kénytelen leszek mert a kakukktojást a Google a tojások királynőjének nevezte, hát David ha ezt most értené, hogy ez valójában ő! 😀

Decision: continue learning songs in Brazilian Portuguese

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The more I listen to Portuguese the more I have the wish really to learn it,  long time ago I realized the best way to learn a language is actually learning song lyrics. This is how I learned English. Yep, autodidact.

My last trip to Portugal gave me a new momentum, even the languages spoken in Portugal and Brazil are different, for me both sound beautiful and it reinforced me to continue learning and also to continue singing in Portuguese, even I do not know if I will ever again sing these songs in public. It makes me happy to sing in a language I do not understand yet, but I am getting better in better in understanding, thanks to Duolingo 😉

I am not fan of religious songs, but this one I am already learning. The English version many people know, why not to know it in Portuguese?

managing a band and it’s problems

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I will not start immediately with the subject of my post..there is much more about my things..

I am lost now for more then a 2 year, sometimes I feel I am on track and then I loose the ground.

I am writing this note to myself, I am depressed like hell and I know people like to read only about good things, well, sorry to let you down I am in a hell and I do not know how to get out of it.

I lost my motivation for life, music, acting, modeling, I feel like all these things are not important anymore to me, as my life has no purpose I am just going with the flow, live my life day by day as it comes. On top of that I feel a guilt for not being a good example to my 5 year old. I feel like being another of those parents going to their works to earn for living and not enjoying their jobs and their life, they just get their salaries, pay off rental fee, living costs, take some trip maybe, but they do not feel this vibrant energy in themselves they created something good. What example is this to your child?

However, to come back to the subject, my biggest pain is:

I failed with two bands and it left such a deep scarves and dissapointment that I do not know how to handle it. I was let down so much. I invested so much energy in the bands to make it work to end up realizing I was the only enthusiastic person about it and what I see now since then they moved on doing their own music and having successes. I am not jelaous, but it hurts a lot as I know I thaught them a lot about how to do things to make things work and now I am the only one not having a band and people to work with.

Yes, I am upset and I am summarizing to understand what I was doing wrong, but all I can think of is that I was just with the wrong people with people having different goal as mine and I allowed and compromized more then I should as I tried so much to keep together the band.

I am very target oriented. If I have a goal I put into it a lot of effort and I invest all my time to make it work, this is how I did with Genuine Latin Groove. After a while I realized everything I invested from my time was later taken as granted and expected to be done by me again. E.g. one of the musicians used to be late for rehearsals or he showed up without his bass guitar to practise, I let him go, then he started to message the other behind my back how he would like to join back the band. The other guitarist was not following our group posts about rehearsals so sometimes he cancelled his attendance in the last minute or never, or he was late, when I asked him to change his approach he replied the bass player was doing the same. I asked him, so by your opinion it is how things should work? He did not know at that moment that I released the bass player because of his unseriousness. I released him from the band too.

The next time one of the musicians not having an acoustic guitar on the rehearsing day turned to me with a question where to get a guitar as he had to take his own to repair?? I do not get this approach, as he should have known he needs to fix his guitar, plus the same person has another band and in addition to that even in our band there was another member who had acoustic guitar whom he could turn to with this question (which he did in the end on my advise). The worst situation I faced was, when I arranged our concert in on of the ruinbars of Budapest where they had not equipement and I asked my bandmates for a help and advice, the same acoustic guitarist from above replied: you arranged us to play there then get the equipment.

On the same concert I organized I got pushed back in the background as the second singer – who claimed she is not interested in doing serious music and performances – took over the stage and sang from papers. After the concert I got critics on this, which I can understand. We have been rehearsing about half year and the lyrics she did not memorize.

ETC. ETC….these are just few samples..

However our last concert was the point when I finally understood I am not working with the right team. I got so tired and ashamed that couple of days later I noted the band I am leaving.

The second band setup ended the same, when I started to split tasks among the bandmates to support the music project, suddenly nobody wanted to invest time.

I do not know why musicians think it is enough to know how to play music? Let me inform you, it is not. If you have no agent, it is much more work about it to do to succeed.

This is the reason I got lost and my motivation as well, I lost my faith that it is only about not finding the proper people to do music together, at the moment I simply cannot believe this music thing will work for me, however I will keep searching.

I am still looking for an acoustic guitarist player to play Brazilian MPB songs and perform duo. On top of these songs I sing in Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Macedonian and English of course. I am one of those singers who is willing to learn, who appreciates if there is a regular schedule, task split, has serious approach and is willing to practise on a regular basis.