FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today's date: October 18, 2012
Contact: Diana Roth, (412) 471-8717, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Gilberto Gil, at the Byham Theater on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Gilberto Gil is known for both his musical innovation and political commitment. He is one of the first artists to lead the ‘Tropicalia’ music movement. Gil’s music has modernized Brazilian popular music and his style blends an eclectic range of influences including rock music and Brazilian genres like samba, salsa,bossa nova, and African music and reggae. His performance is highly praised by Variety, “There may have been one man onstage, but there was enough warmth, love, intelligence and sheer talent on display to power an orchestra.”
Gil’s For All Tour will feature the folkloric, celebratory, Baião music of Northeast Brazil; accompanied by guitarist Sergio Chiavazzolli, drums player Jorge Gomes, bass player Arthur Maia, accordionist Toninho Ferragutti, violin player Nicholas Krassik and percussionist Gustavo Di Dalva. Their performance reinvents old classics, and presents new songs such as "Fé na Festa", o "Livre Atiradore a Pegadora", from Gil’s new album (Fé na Festa) all dedicated to Baião. This tour has been greatly praised: The New York Times wrote, “He played delicate bossa novas, strummed rockers and intricate sambas; he crooned, whispered and whooped, equally at home in the fast patter of a samba or the curvaceous contours of a ballad…” While the LA Times said, “The prevailing tone of Gil’s songs is a ruminative sweetness, albeit one achieved via brainy harmonic and melodic gambats…”
For information and tickets ($30.00 - $53.00), visit www.Trustarts.org, call (412) 456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. To purchase 10 or more tickets at discounted rates, please call (412) 471-6930. The performance is a part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
With 52 albums released, Gilberto Gil has 12 gold records, 5 platinum albums, 7 Grammys and more than 4 million records sold. Gil has been honored by several entities and personalities and has also received many prizes in Brazil and abroad such as The Polar Prize in 2005. Gil’s recent album Fé na Festa was released in 2011. He is a unique composer powered by immense talent and curiosity, and a musical ambassador powered by firm cultural conviction.
Gil was born in Salvador, Brazil and was interested in music from a very young age. After experimenting musically during his teens, he settled on the guitar as his main instrument and wrote songs that reflected his focus on political awareness and social activism. He began collaborating with artist Caetano Veloso in 1963 and together they created the genre Tropicalism. This new music style was radically innovative-mixing native styles with rock and folk instruments. Because of Gil's experimenting with music and fusing samba, salsa, and bossa nova with rock and folk music, he's recognized today as one of the pioneers in the World Music genre.
Tropicalism expressed various artists’ deeply critical views of Brazilian politics. Eventually the movement was repressed by the authoritarian regime and resulted in Gil and Caetano being imprisoned and eventually exiled to England. While in England, Gil was influenced by several different genres including reggae, rock, and jazz. This exposure helped later in developing his distinctive musical style. Gil returned to Bahia in 1972 to focus on his musical career and environmental advocacy work. While serving as Salvador’s Secretary of Culture, Gil helped protect Brazilian waters by founding Onda Azul (Blue Wave). Additionally, Gil served as Brazil’s Minister of Cultural and during that time sponsored Culture Points- a program that provided music and educations grants to the underprivileged.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is the cultural and economic development of Pittsburgh’s 14-block Cultural District through public and private support. The Trust presents and encourages diverse performing and visual arts programs within the District, and is an impetus for additional development in downtown Pittsburgh.
Photo Credit: Perfil Guitarra