- Last login over 6 years ago
Join Couchsurfing to see Gregg’s full profile. It’s free!
Adapting to Monteiro - learning to learn again.
I am a musician and composer from Philadelphia. I play jazz and many other styles of music, and I am involved in probably too many projects in the states and now in Brazil. I studied philosophy, aesthetics, and literature, and I continue to ponder the historical nature of human practices and institutions. I am fascinated by processes, not facts. I am preparing to write a book, but I am not sure what form it will take. Traveling is fantastic. I seek people, places, and situations that are local and incomparable. When I have time, I devour books. When I talk with people, I ask lots of questions. I like art that complicates the commonplace and calls forth what is usually silent. Disorientation through absurdity is the greatest joy. I can be dark and introverted, though as I get older, I'm discovering dancing and partying more with wild abandon. I am a decent cook, but only, it seems, in Philly.
Still, there's a lot of fun to be had in the gaps between ideas.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I hosted many people in Philly, but no one has yet come to Monteiro. I have surfed a bit in Europe, and met people for drinks and such a bunch too. I have also turned a bunch of friends onto CS, I think it's 8 now.
I've had so many fantastic guests, each incredible in their own way. I've learned a lot about the world and even my own country - so many opinions about the U.S. of course. I've met great CSers in their town too, and they've all enriched my travels immensely, showing be the best out-of-the-way restaurants, nightlife, and giving me a feel about what life feels like around the world.
People Places Things, especially those I know nothing about.
Music, Movies, and Books
I've been watching films from South American directors recently - excellent stuff!!!
Bach, Brahms, Shostokovich, Mahler, Osvaldo Golijov, rootsy, intense swinging jazz, and some of the new 'world jazz,' old school punk (Buzzcocks are the best), reggae (Prince Buster is #1) most of the music in the world.
Wallace Stevens, Whitman, Emerson, WC Williams, Roethke, Ashbery, Bukowski, many etceteras.
Why not paintings? Dances? Sculptures? Happenings? Installations? I like many of these too.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Let myself go.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm a musician and so know about all sorts of music. I studied literature, philosophy, and aesthetics, and still think, even write about these things. I'm fascinated by history, languages, idiosynchrasies, politics, science, and art, and am always ready to learn more.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In