Marisa MonteBeacon TheaterNew York, NYJune 26, 2012On her first New York appearance in seven years, singer Marisa Monte began her set behind a see-through screen used to project various colorful images directly connected to her 2012 album, Tudo Que Voce Queria Saber de Verdade (Blue Note). She was backed by a seven-piece band that included members of Nação Zumbi and veteran guitarist Dadi (Novos Baianos, Caetano Veloso, Tribalistas). She started the set with the album's title track and immediately followed with Descalço no Parque," another track from the same disc. The screen was then lifted ...read more
To get the point of Tribalistas you have to see past the hype. Sure, the three musicians who put this music together are huge stars in Brazil--and the world, at least the places where global music is appreciated. Marisa Monte has few peers when it comes to vocal music; her collaborators have made huge names of their own, Arnaldo Antunes as a pop hero in his own right and Carlinhos Brown as percussionist for everyone who matters. You might imagine that the triumvirate would crash and burn from its sheer weight. But, miraculously, it doesn't... and the result is a ...read more
What happens when Brazil's reigning pop diva joins forces with cerebral rocker Arnaldo Antunes and ultra-hip percussionist Carlinhos Brown? That's a trick question, really, since they've gotten together before. The result was the superb Rose and Charcoal (Metro Blue, 1994), released under Monte's name, but featuring all of the Tribalistas trio in major roles.
Their latest venture is somewhat less successful - given the hype about secret" recording sessions, supposed overt connections with the Tropicália movement of the late 1960s (which was characterized by high-flown intellectualism and social protest, among other things), and the usual media frenzy accompanying ...read more