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Egberto Gismonti: Solo

Americas Society

September 12, 2014


(Image: Courtesy Ziga Koritnik)

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Music of the Americas presents legendary Brazilian jazz musician Egberto Gismonti in a rare solo performance at Peter Norton Symphony Space. Gismonti, widely recognized as one of Brazil's most influential musicians, has a five-decade career that spans from jazz to music for film and ballet. His work reflects the musical diversity of Brazil. London Jazz News writes: "He plays with intensity, holding the audience in rapt attention and hardly daring to breathe until the release and applause at the end of each piece. He can be whimsical, humorous, explosive; and of course virtuosic...the music simply flows, engrossing and entrancing." Read and listen to an NPR feature on his 2009 album Saudacoes on "All Things Considered" and read his complete bio (PDF).

Egberto Gismonti at Soundstreams (Toronto, Canada, 2013)

About the artist

Egberto Gismonti (b. 1947) is widely recognized as one of Brazil's most influential musicians. His diverse, illustrious career began almost five decades ago, and throughout it he has released over sixty albums, including his original compositions as well as several as producer and arranger. He has written for ballet and film and has collaborated with artists throughout Europe, Brazil, and the US.  His work reflects the musical diversity of Brazil, from the Amazon Indian batuque to the Carioca samba and choro, through the Northeastern frevobaião, and forró.