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Brazilian Invasion


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Over the next month Brazilian musicians will be flooding into Chicago, relatively speaking. The biggest shows coming up include Tropicalia legend Gilberto Gil at Symphony Center on April 2, the stunning Pernambuco big band Orquestra Contemporanea de Olinda at Rumba on April 6 2, and the atmospheric thrush Céu at Green Dolphin Street on April 23.

But there are some pretty obscure Brazilians headed our way, too. Tonight at Ronny’s the Sao Paulo indie rock singer Lulina makes her local debut, playing music that doesn’t really sound the slightest bit Brazilian apart from her Portuguese language singing. On last year’s Cristalina (YB) she and her band created pensive atmospheres for breathy melodies that draw heavily from the 60s; in particular, the singer seems to have a real thing for French Ye Ye music, suggesting the sweet delivery of someone like France Gall. Next Friday Sylvia Patricia, a singer from Bahia, will play at free lunchtime concert at the Randolph Street Cafe in the Chicago Cultural Center. Her music fits nicely into the country’s MPB tradition (Musica Popular Brasileira), the catchall tag for post-bossa pop that makes room for all sorts of local traditions mixed with rock, jazz, and pop. She’s made five albums, and heavies like Caetano Veloso and Carlinhos Brown have made guest appearances on some of them.

photo: Samuel Esteves

Today’s playlist:

God Help the Girl, God Help the Girl (Matador)
Lax, Live (Jazzwerkstatt)
El Gran Combo, El Swing del Gran Combo (VCM)
Gato Barbieri, Chapter Two: Hasta Siempre (Impulse)
Maria Bethania, Alteza (Universal, Brazil)