The legendary Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil has gone from the angry electric guitar-heavy music of sixties-era Tropicalia, to explorations of reggae (the first to introduce the genre to his country back in the 1970s), samba, contemporary rock and many other genres. In 2008, he flirted with advanced technology, resulting in his acclaimed “Banda Larga Cordel” (Universal Music), which he promoted with an extensive US tour.
This time around, Gil will bring a much more intimate format. Instead of his usual ten-piece band, he will be backed solely by his guitarist son Bem Gil and legendary cellist Jaques Morelembaum, who has produced or performed with the likes of Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Marisa Monte and countless others. Expect a mix of spontaneity and structure—just the kind of thing that Gil likes to tackle and recreate in his own way. (Ernest Barteldes)
Friday, April 2 at 8pm at The Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan. $15-50.