Photo: Gilberto Gil
Singer-songwriter Gilberto Gil, an icon of Brazilian music, reviews in a new show his prolific career and celebrates his 70th birthday.
Gil, born in Salvador, the capital of the northeastern state of Bahia, expressed his emotions Monday night to the crowd that jammed Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal Theater for his new show, which includes the great hits of his career and which he will take to other Brazilian cities as well as to France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
In the “Concert of strings and rhythm machines,” Gil reviews his career accompanied by his son, guitarist Bem Gil, bass cellist Jacques Morelenbau, violinist Nicolas Kassik, percussionist Gustavo di Dalva and a symphony orchestra.
The artist, one of the key figures in tropicalism, a cultural movement that swept Brazil in the 1960s and ‘70s, explained in an interview with Efe that with this concert he wants to cover all he has been doing since his start in performing.
Gil, who on June 26 will turn 70, said that this show “with songs in Portuguese, English and Spanish” will also be used to record a DVD that will accompany a book, both to be released for the commemoration of his birthday.
The numbers in the concert’s song list include many from his 57 albums, in particular interpretations of Jimi Hendrix, his great friend Caetano Veloso and Tom Jobim, among others.
“I will do this as an artist, but as an individual what I want is to celebrate with a dinner at home with my family,” Gil said.