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Film screening: André Midani — An Insider’s Story of Brazilian Music

Americas Society

May 11, 2017


Courtesy of Conspiração Filmes.

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Admission: FREE and open to the public. 

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Based on the autobiography of noted music executive André Midani, André Midani — An Insider’s Story of Brazilian Music (2015) explores Brazilian music throughout his five-decade career through informal gatherings and jam sessions at his home, featuring Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben Jor, Gilberto Gil, and Marisa Monte, among other luminaries of the industry. This film was directed by Andrucha Waddington and Mini Kerti and was produced by Conspiração Filmes. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

The screening will be followed by a conversation between André Midani and journalist Larry Rohter.

This event is part of Cinema Tropical's new film series, MUSIC+FILM BRAZIL, curated by Mary Jane Marcasiano.


Cinematic trailer for André Midani — An Insider’s Story of Brazilian Music.

About the speakers

André Midani is a successful music executive, creator, producer, and author who began his career in sales at Decca Records in 1952. His love for music led him to at EMI-Odeon (Brazil), where he pioneered bossa nova, which became a global sensation. In 1961 he founded Imperial Records, and has served as president/general manager of several Latin American and North American entertainment divisions, including Philips/PolyGram (Brazil), Capitol Records (Mexico), and Warner Music in Brazil and the Latin American region. He developed the careers of Caetano Veloso, Luis Miguel, Maná, Café Tacuba, Jorge Ben, Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque, Elis Regina, and Caetano Jor, among many others. In 2014 he was honored with a Latin Grammy special award.

Larry Rohter is an American writer and journalist who first visited Brazil in 1972, as an employee of Rede Globo de Televisao. He was the Rio de Janeiro bureau chief for Newsweek magazine from 1977 to 1982 and for The New York Times from 1998 to 2008, and has also been a music critic and reporter for The Washington Post and The New York Times. In addition he is the author of two books about Brazil and is at work on a third, a biography of Marechal Canddio Rondon.