Music legend Tom Zé, the avantgarde conscience of Brazil’s 1960’s Tropicália movement, presents an evening of samba and bossa nova reimagined as only he can.
A dauntless innovator whose records made beguiling experimental bedfellows of rock, folk, electronic music, and found sounds. Zé fell into obscurity until the 1990’s, when he was rediscovered by David Byrne.
Tom Zé began his career together with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Maria Bethânia. As a composer, he influenced Caetano and many others and delivered an expressive body of work through his own discography. A restless thinker, he was adept at modern erudite music experimentations, yet he was always ignored by both industry and audiences. He can be better understood through his self-coined definition: “I don’t make art, I make spoken and sung journalism.”
At BAM, he resumes his place in Brazil’s musical firmament, exuberantly channeling the spirit of Salvador and São Paulo with new and old songs alike.
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