Two living legends of Brazilian music, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso celebrate over five decades of singing together with this rare acoustic duo concert at Oakland’s gorgeous Paramount Theatre on Tuesday presented by SFJAZZ.
The extraordinary pair have enjoyed remarkably adventurous individual careers that have frequently intersected since they first emerged on the scene in Bahia 50 years ago. Meeting when both were university students, Veloso would take guitar lessons from rising star Gil (who was already appearing on a local television show as a songwriter), starting him down the path for his own career in music.
The two musicians would become integral figures in the experimental Tropicalia movement which combined traditional Brazilian styles with diverse and radical international influences. A sophisticated blend that incorporated everything from electric guitars and psychedelic rock to allusive, modernist poetry, Dadaist imagery, and American pop, the movement also included fellow songwriter Tom Ze, vocal talent Gal Costa and the group Os Mutantes.
Last year, the two songwriters reconvened to record and tour for the first time since their 1993 partnership that produced the album Tropicalia 2. Their latest venture has taken Gil and Veloso across the globe on an acclaimed acoustic duo tour that has visited 21 countries and 35 cities since it commenced in Amsterdam last year. The tour, documented by the double live CD and DVD release Dois Amigos, Um Século de Música (internationally released earlier this year before Nonesuch issued the discs on April 8), visits Oakland on Tuesday for one of only a handful of performances in the U.S. For more information and tickets, visit the SFJAZZ website.
Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil
Tuesday, April 12, 8 p.m. $65-$150