Bebel Gilberto doesn’t sound anything like her dad, João Gilberto, the bossa nova pioneer fiercely committed to a bare-bones musical approach. But Bebel is like her dad in the sense that you know what you’re going to get when she goes into the studio: a classy melding of lounge music, traditional Brazilian stylings, and electronic textures.
While that mix was a novelty when Bebel started out, it’s now well-worn territory, so her latest, Tudo (2014), may sound like more of the same. In truth, Tudo is less electronic and more traditionalistic than some of her earlier work, even though it reunites her with Mario Caldato Jr., the Beastie Boys producer behind her international breakthrough, Tanto Tempo (2000). And you can’t say there are no surprises here: her delicate take on Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” shows Bebel can breathe new life into unlikely material.
Bebel is embarking on a tour that will take her across the U.S. and to South America (but not her home country) this summer, culminating with an appearance at one of the biggest Brazilian Independence Day festivals in the U.S. Check out if she’s coming to a venue near you:
- June 17 — Minneapolis / Dakota Jazz Club
- June 18 — Ann Arbor, Michigan / Ann Arbor Summer Festival @ Power Center
- June 19 — Evanston, Illinois / Space (two shows)
- July 26 — Solana Beach, California / Belly Up
- July 27 — Los Angeles / Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever
- July 29 — Petaluma, California / Mystic Theatre
- July 30 — Stanford, California / Stanford Live @ Bing Concert Hall
- Aug. 7 — Montauk, New York / The Surf Lodge
- Aug. 11 — Santiago, Chile / Teatro Nescafe de las Artes
- Aug. 13 — Buenos Aires, Argentina / Teatro Opera
- Sept. 13 — Boca Raton Florida / Brazilian Beat Festival