March 20, 2010 |
For the Brazilian musical idol Gilberto Gil, the cultural always is the political -- and vice versa. It has been that way since the 1960s, when Gil and several artistic comrades were imprisoned and driven into London exile by Brazil's ruling military junta. Ostensibly, Gil and his colleagues, including Caetano Veloso , were guilty of stirring up the populace with a genre-shattering, socially alert, Afro-rock hybrid called tropicalismo . It was indeed a radical act in a country that takes music (and soccer)
July 21, 1989 |
There was something oddly appropriate about Astrud Gilberto's modest entrance on stage at Catalina Bar and Grill on Wednesday night. She slipped between the members of her quintet, waiflike as ever, still looking as though she were not quite sure if she belonged there at all. It's been more than two decades since Gilberto became a virtually accidental star of the then-new bossa nova via her understated vocals on the recordings of former husband Joao Gilberto.
November 17, 2000 |
Although Austin Powers would have you believe otherwise, the bossa nova is not what it used to be. The quintessential Brazilian genre is such a vivid representation of the time when it was created, such a perfect embodiment of the wide-eyed innocence of the late '50s and early '60s, that it could not possibly have survived into these cynical times without a crucial overhaul. Enter Bebel Gilberto.
December 3, 2001 |
Brazilian music, with its flowing rhythms and rich percussion, is a natural partner for the enthusiastic beats of electronic sub-genres house and drum-and-bass. Singer Bebel Gilberto, who has recorded with such dance acts as Amon Tobin and Thievery Corporation before she became a world-music star, wants to show fans how well the two go together. On the heels of the recent "Tanto Tempo Remixes" album, Gilberto invited U.K.
April 24, 1986 |
Just 23 years ago the professional debut of Astrud Gilberto came about by chance, when her then-husband, Joao Gilberto, introduced her to Stan Getz. Her record of "The Girl From Ipanema" with Getz catapulted her to stardom. After a long retirement, she returned some years ago in a very different setting, which she introduced to Los Angeles audiences Tuesday, beginning a six-night run at the Vine St. Bar & Grill.
July 20, 1987 |
Gilberto Freyre, Brazilian author and social historian, died Saturday of a brain hemorrhage. He was 87. Dr. Hilton Chaves, Freyre's physician, said Freyre died in the northeastern city of Recife, his birthplace. Known for his commentaries on Brazilian culture that sometimes inflamed fellow sociologists, Freyre's most celebrated work was "Casa Grande e Senzala" or "The Masters and the Slaves," which was published in 1933.