September 30, 2003 |
A recent banquet here honoring a visiting Brazilian dignitary was typical of such affairs -- the big hotel ballroom, the well-heeled audience and especially the glowing introductory speeches. But when the honoree took the stage, it was obvious he was no ordinary government official. The soft-spoken man seemed slightly uncomfortable with all the attention. He barely spoke more than a few thank-yous.
June 11, 2000 |
It's not too much of a stretch to think of guitarist-singer-composer Joao Gilberto as Brazil's Charlie Parker. Like the enormously influential alto saxophonist, Gilberto transformed the music of his country. His approach to rhythm, his integration of voice and guitar, the harmonic implications of his chording, all took existing elements and molded them into a new form of musical expression.
October 27, 2002 |
CDs "Tropicalia: Ou Panis et Circensis" (Universal/Polygram, 1997 reissue) -- Various artists, including Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes, Tom Ze, Nara Leao, Gal Costa -- the tropicalia movement brought to a rapid boil. "Caetano Veloso" (Philips, 1969) -- Vocal and guitar tracks recorded while in prison, Veloso's "white album" weaves together many of his plucked-from-the-air (and airwaves) influences -- Brazilian beats meld with whirring psychedelia.
August 2, 2003 |
With help from a "Harry Potter" connection, the Brazilian colonial town of Parati is playing host this weekend to authors, poets and musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. British author Julian Barnes and Brazilian singer Chico Buarque are among those taking part in the inaugural gathering.
December 21, 2002 |
Gilberto Gil, Brazil's popular Grammy-winning pop star, accepted an offer from President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to become the country's next culture minister. Gil, 60, was one of the creators of Tropicalia, which opened traditional bossa nova to rock 'n' roll, reggae and Latin sounds. He campaigned for Silva and is the most prominent member of Brazil's Green Party, which is allied with Silva's Workers Party.
July 3, 1989 |
It took about 30 seconds for Gilberto Gil's first Los Angeles appearance in nearly a decade to become a hip-shaking, body-vibrating dance party. He was preceded at the Hollywood Palladium on Friday by a colorful array of Brazilian performers, but they were clearly only the appetizers for the singer-songwriter-guitarist's main course of non-stop rhythmic gusto.
September 9, 1999
What's happening the next few weeks: * The giant music festival known as Street Scene takes place in the Gaslamp Quarter, Friday through Sunday. About 100 musical acts will perform on 14 stages, including Gilberto Gil, Chris Isaak, Ray Charles, the Commodores, the Steve Miller Band, X, El Vez, the Violent Femmes, Everlast, Cake and Macy Gray. $20 to $30. $50 for Friday-Saturday pass. Ticketmaster: (213) 480-3232. Information: (619) 350-3333.
January 15, 1989 |
Fly/Sire: *** Given that this overview of Brazilian popular music was put together by David Byrne, you know not to expect 50 minutes of "The Girl From Ipanema."