Momo All Ages Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Wed., May 8, 8:30 p.m. 2013

Rio singer-songwriter Marcelo Frota, aka Momo, has made three superb albums of Brazilian folk-rock informed by the early 70s work of Milton Nascimento (particularly the classic Clube da Esquina), the northeastern psychedelia of Alceu Valenca, and the emotionally ripe 70s pop of Fagner and Belchior. But his latest album, the self-released Cadafalso, strips his music down to its essence—just voice and acoustic guitar—so that his songs can step out from behind all those stylistic trappings. Frota’s lovely voice is hushed and his crisp arpeggios are vibrant and cunningly shaped, and only his Portuguese lyrics make him sound particularly Brazilian. That hardly matters, though, given the beauty of his delivery and delicate shapes of his melodies. Frota played here in a nimble trio as part of the 2009 World Music Festival, but for this show he’s by himself. —Peter Margasak

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