This is a monumental concert event with the two living giants of Brazilian music making a rare Bay Area appearance together, celebrating 50 years of incredible songs and performing material from their new live album, Dois Amigos, um Século de Música (Two Friends, a Century of Music). Founding members of Brazil’s Tropicália movement and both born in the cultural hotbed of Bahia, Gil and Veloso radically reinvented Brazilian popular music in the mid-60s by combining Beatlesque psychedelia, art rock and Brazil’s northeastern roots rhythms. Additionally, both were jailed and later deported as dangerous musical subversives by the Brazilian government in the late 60s.
Since returning to Brazil from his London exile in the early 1970s, Gil has held center stage as a charismatic performer and songwriter with several dozen standards to his credit, which have been covered by just about every major Brazilian artist of the past four decades. In recent years he has found inspiration in the joyful, upbeat accordion-drivenforró style of music and dance, and served as Brazil’s minister of culture from 2003-2008.
Caetano Veloso places global pop, jazz and folk styles into a prism and conjures music that is uniquely his own. His self-titled 1968 LP was a revolutionary statement, 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.
Both 73, these two artists’ influence across musical genres and geographic borders has been vast, yet their concert appearances remain the most important aspect of vital legacies still in progress.
¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!