Fusion - jazz-rock - Latin Jazz - World Fusion
Anthony Bridges, Bruce Gutewood, Eumir Deodato, Gerardo Velez, Kenn Moutenot, Oscar Feldman.
Sun 14 July 2002 22:00 - 23:15 Roof Terrace
Producers into hip dance music have been drawing from Brazil's rich rhythmic tradition for years. It's a good idea to research where the fusion of traditional Brazilian folk music and Western electronica started and what the results of this fusion are. The concert series Brasil Electrico promises to be a revealing search leading from Deodato via Azymuth to Vinicius Cantuária. Our treasure hunt starts with Deodato, a name that by now has vanished completely from all music encyclopedias and is the stage name of pianist Eumir Deodato Almeida. He's the man who witnessed and helped form modern Brazilian dance music. Deodato taught himself to play piano and in the '60s commanded respect as Astrud Gilberto's accompanist. After winning a prize at Rio de Janeiro's song festival for his song Spirit of Summer, he migrated to California. In the promised land he worked with Roberta Flack, Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler and Aretha Franklin. As a solo artist Deodato had a monster hit with an arrangement of Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra, a piece director Stanley Kubrick used as the theme song for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.