Caetano Veloso

Caetano Veloso

 
Caetano Veloso

Friday, September 19, 8:00pm
at Paramount Theatre

Caetano Veloso
Abraçaço Series: Caetano Veloso  
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Caetano Veloso

Brazil’s reigning artistic genius, Caetano Veloso places global pop, jazz and folk styles into a prism and conjures music that is uniquely his own. Blessed with an otherworldly voice and an Ellingtonian understanding of harmonic color, Veloso co-led the bossa nova and Tropicália movements of the late 1960s and has since taken on everything from funky samba workouts to ethereal balladry and orchestral pieces. His self-titled 1968 LP was a revolutionary statement, single-handedly launching Tropicália and helping to contemporize Brazilian popular culture by embracing international musical influences, and Veloso’s global stature as a songwriter has risen to that of John Lennon and Bob Dylan. Over 40 albums followed in the ensuing decades that continued to expand the scope of Brazilian music, including his celebrated Carnegie Hall collaboration with David Byrne in 2004. With his 2007 Nonesuch release Cê, Veloso used jittery indie rock in order to process the intense emotions surrounding his divorce and the resulting masterwork led to two Latin GRAMMY Awards. He continued to expand this edgier vision with 2009’s Zii e Zie, and in 2014 released Abraçaço, the third in his trilogy of records that document his work with the cream of Rio’s contemporary pop scene. At 71, Veloso’s influence across musical genres and geographic borders has been vast, yet his riveting concert appearances remain the most important aspect of a legacy still in progress.

"One of Brazil’s, and the world’s, most graceful and innovative songwriters. " — The New York Times
"He's a sublime and seductive melodist, a curious musician capable of sharp left turns, a historian whose compositions tie past and present together in a way no other pop music figure has managed, at once upholding tradition and transcending it. " — Rolling Stone

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