Gilberto Gil returns in concert with his Aquele Abraco Tour for a single date in Italy on October 7 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone.
A monstrous career that began at a very young age in the 1950s inspired by Luis Gonzaga's bandoneon, radio, and the religious processions of his homeland, Northeast Brazil.Then the arrival of bossa nova with Joao Gilberto, a sound that starts from deep in the heart of Brazil and reaches stages all over the world. Meeting Caetano Veloso, with Gal Costa and Maria Bethania, a generation of Baians at the height of the new music movement, 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, certifying the planetary spread of a musical language so particular and at the same time mixable with pop, rock and jazz.
Of Gilberto Gil one cannot fail to remember his political commitment, first as Councillor for Ecology in Bahia, then as Minister of Culture in Brazil's two governments of Lula, who called him on the phone to offer him the position, just as he was in Rome after a concert at the Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone. A career sealed by more than 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, many more.
In 2015 he celebrated his 50-year career with Caetano Veloso in a world tour, "Dois amigos, um Seculo de Musica," conceived and produced together with his longtime Italian impresario Ettore Caretta, which also touched the Sala Santa Cecilia with a memorable sold-out concert. 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, theaters, and festivals of a legendary career.