Brazilian Caetano Veloso has been called "one of the greatest songwriters of the century" and is by some considered to be the Bob Dylan of Brazil. Veloso is most known for his participation in the Brazilian musical movement called Tropicalismo, which encompassed five decades of music.
The development of Tropicalia combined traditional Brazilian styles with international influences. The music is an extremely diversified sophisticated blend of sounds merging anything from electric guitars, psychedelic rock to etherial poetry.Members of the movement included fellow songwriters Tom Ze and Gilberto Gil, vocal talents Gal Costa and Maria Bethania (Veloso's sister) and the group Os Mutantes.
In 1969 when the movement began, the Brazilian government viewed Veloso's music and political action as a threat. He along with fellow musician Gilberto Gil were arrested. The two eventually were exiled from Brazil, and went to London, where they lived for two years. After he moved back to his home country, in 1972, Veloso once again began recording and performing, becoming popular outside of Brazil in the 1980s and 1990s. He has so far won five Latin Grammy Awards. He recorded his first all-English album, A Foreign Sound in 2004. The album contains many American standards.
Last time Veloso’s made a Bay Area appearance SFJAZZ promoted his then latest album entitled 'Ce' with backing from a trio of young Brazilian musicians. The sounds were reminiscent of the late '70s.
Veloso returns with the same group of players to perform music from 'Zii e Zie,' his second recording featuring Pedro Sá on electric guitar, Ricardo Dias Gomes on electric bass and Fender Rhodes piano and Marcelo Callado on drums.
He will be appearing Saturday, April 17, 8PM Nob Hill Masonic Center. San Francisco, California.
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