Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gil

 
Gilberto Gil

Thursday, April 16, 8:00pm
at Davies Symphony Hall

Gilberto Gil
Brazilian Genius Series: Gilberto Gil  

Gilberto Gil

From musical revolutionary to international pop star to beloved statesman, Gilberto Gil has lived a life worthy of a Hollywood thriller. As a founding member of Brazil’s Tropicália movement, Gil and fellow Bahians Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa radically reinvented Brazilian popular music in the mid-60s by combining Beatlesque psychedelia, art rock and Brazil’s northeastern roots rhythms. Since returning to Brazil from his London exile in the early 1970s, Gil has held center stage as a charismatic performer, songwriter and interpreter of the music of Bob Marley. With several dozen standards to his credit, he has been interpreted by just about every major Brazilian artist of the past four decades. In recent years Gil found inspiration in the joyful, upbeat accordion-driven forró style of music and dance, starting with his soundtrack to the award-winning 2000 film Me You Them. After serving as Brazil’s Minister of Culture from 2003-2008, he went on to explore classics by forró heroes Luiz Gonzaga and Jackson do Pandeiro, and his new album, Gilberto’s Samba, is a loving salute to classic samba compositions of Jobim, João Gilberto and others. Expect a party — and expect to dig deeply into Brazil’s musical heritage with one of the country’s major cultural icons.

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"Mr. Gil’s music dances in the space between local and international, between home-grown tradition and global information. " — The New York Times
"Since he was mixing global ingredients as part of the Tropicalismo movement in the ‘60s, Gil has surfed the world while digging deep into Brazilian roots. " — JazzTimes

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