Experience the Brazilian icon Gilberto Gil in DR Koncerthuset in March 2020
Gilberto Gil – one of his homeland Brazil’s greatest cultural figures – returns to DR Koncerthuset in March 2020. The legend brings along a full line-up of musicians to perform a selection of his own classics alongside new material from the Grammy-awarded “OK OK OK”
Gilberto Gil has always had the gift of incorporating every aspect of daily life into his work – from his initial tenure with bossa nova through to his work with longtime collaborator Caetano Veloso and their foundation of tropicália, his four years as Brazil’s cultural minister (2003-2008) and now, at the age of 76, with the release of his latest album “OK OK OK” (2018). From family life to political, social or cultural movements that characterize his time, everything is an inspiration for a new song, an idea for a melody, an ingenious harmonic movement.
Over the course of his impressive career, Gilberto Gil has sung the songs from the northeastern part of Brazil and his childhood in Ituaçu, shaped by his unending admiration of Luiz Gonzaga – an essential vanguard for the influential music emanating from Northeast Brazil in the 20th century. Gilberto Gil has sung about technological developments and their impact on the human journey. He has immersed himself in the depths of being, celebrating feast and faith.
From tropicalist electric guitars to the intimate acoustic guitar, Gil’s integrity and commitment to the spirit of music is unshakable. Gil is not afraid of death and not afraid of life, and this attitude has rarely been more evident than on the modern icon’s latest album.
“OK OK OK” conjoins his family, close friends, the illness he experienced and those who helped him through it. At the same time, Gilberto Gil questions the need for having to take a stand as demanded by society. The arrangements amplify his iconic interpretation with voice and guitar. The musical production by his son Bem and the participation of friends and family help the intimate aspects of his work stand out.
When Gilberto Gil visits DR Koncerthuset’s concert hall on March 14 he is flanked by horns, choir, keyboards, guitars, percussion and guest vocals. The audience is invited on a journey through Gilberto Gil’s visionary universe as represented by “OK OK OK” and a selection of his timeless classics – an integral part of the life and history of Brazil.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival and DR Koncerthuset are proud to yet again bid a warm welcome to a South American legend who continues to scale new rungs on his seemingly infinite creative ladder.
NB: THE CONCERT WILL BE RECORDED ON VIDEO.