Gilberto Gil returns in concert with his Aquele Abraço Tour for a single date in Italy on 7 October at the Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone. A monstrous career that began when he was very young in the 1950s inspired by Luis Gonzaga's bandoneon, the radio, and the religious processions of his homeland, the North-East of Brazil. Then the arrival of bossa nova with Joao Gilberto, a sound that starts from the depths of the heart of Brazil and reaches stages all over the world. The meeting with Caetano Veloso, with Gal Costa and Maria Bethania, a generation of Baianos at the apex of the new musical movement, the MPB, Musica Pupular Brasilera, of which he is one of the founding fathers. And then the collaborations with some of the sacred monsters of the international scene, from Bob Marley to Stevie Wonder to Sting, which certify the planetary diffusion of such a particular musical language and at the same time mixable with pop, rock and jazz.
And one cannot fail to mention the political commitment, first as Councilor for Ecology of Bahia, then as Minister of Culture of Brazil of the two governments of Lula, who called him on the phone to offer him the job precisely when he was in Rome after a concert at the Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone. A career sealed by over 60 albums, millions of records sold worldwide, 9 Grammy Awards, and countless awards, from UNESCO Ambassador for Peace, to the Legion of Honor in France and many others. In 2015 he celebrates 50 years of career with Caetano Veloso in a world tour, "Dois amigos, um Seculo de Musica", conceived and produced together with his historic Italian impresario Ettore Caretta, which also touches the Sala Santa Cecilia with a memorable sold-out concert out. And now this "Aquele Abraco Tour", announced as the last in Europe, to close an epic that began in Montreux in 1978, and retrace the most significant places, theatres, festivals of a legendary career.
Sabato 7 ottobre 2023