Egídio at 46

Egídio Leitão

If you're wondering how to pronounce the name, think about the French word "bon jour." The "j" is the same sound as the "g" in my name. Another example is the car name "Protegé" or the word "regime." So, here's a phonetic way to pronounce it:
/ lay-TOWN/

The last syllable is nasal, if you can do that.

The photo on the side was taken on the day I turned 46 years old.

I was raised on the northeast coast of Brazil, in Fortaleza, the capital of the state of Ceará. Youngest of four brothers, I grew up like any other kid. I played a lot of soccer, went to the beach regularly, and did the usual stuff. In 1981, I came to Texas. Except for about 11 months, I have lived in Texas since then. Austin is my home now. You can read more about Brazil and my hometown in the Brazil section of this site.

Professionally, since December 9, 1996, I work at the School of Social Work as Assistant Dean for Finance. I'll leave it up to you to explore that side of me if that interests you.

I used to sing with the Capital City Men's Chorus (CCMC), Austin's gay men's chorus and a member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, GALA. I was president of CCMC for two consecutive seasons (1992-93 and 1993-94). I remained a board member (Immediate Past President) until May 1995. Other interests and obligations led me to a different path, and I no longer sing with the chorus.

I enjoy listening to music, photography, going to movies, playing racquetball, hiking, camping, kayaking, biking (road and mountain) and doing other fun things around Austin. However, Brazilian music is really my passion. Since 1997, I have been contributing CD reviews and articles to various sources, such as Luna Kafé, Bossa Magazine, Brazzil and Caravan Music (site is no longer available). I have also done some songs and liner notes translations for record labels. A few times I was also a guest host at the radio show Horizontes on KUT Austin 90.5 FM on Friday afternoons, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Central Standard Time). I have also contributed some CD reviews to JazzTimes. In 2002, I decided it was time to get my own domain and start moving my reviews and articles to one location: Música Brasileira.

At So. Padre Island, Oct. 2002
So. Padre Island, TX - October 2002

Family Album

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Mom & Dad
Mom & Dad (1997)
50th Anniversary
50th Anniversary (July 5, 1997)
The entire family (July 6, 1997)
2nd Day
2nd day of the 50th anniversary celebration (July 6, 1997)
Helio & family
Helio & family (July 8,1997) - Rossileni, Rose, Rossana - at Beach Park
Heliomar & family
Heliomar & family (July 8, 1997) - Iasmim, Rafael, Leonardo - at Beach Park
 At Morro Branco beach
At Morro Branco beach (July 1998) - my nephew Daniel is sitting next to mom
More vacation photo logs can be found here.

With Keith

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe (1997)
At Big Bend
Big Bend (1998)
Lake Tahoe, 1999
Lake Tahoe (1999)
In Fortaleza, 2000
Fortaleza (2000)
At Morro Branco
At Morro Branco beach (1998)
At Centro Cultural
Fortaleza (2001)
Willow City Loop
Willow City Loop (2003)

Bear (born 9-16-1989; died 8-18-2004)

Bear (1999)
On vacation (1999)
Bear (2002)
Front garden (2002)
Bear (2004)
On his 14th birthday in 2004
He was a great companion, lived a wonderful and active life until his last day. He's now playing in dog heaven! We'll miss him always.


August 28, 1997

    New citizen
My co-workers threw a surprise party celebrating the day I became a U.S. citizen.