Concert Review: This family affair was great fun

It would not have passed the aficionados’ attention that two legends in music turned 80 in the last fourteen days, even though their energy levels suggest that they are much younger men.

Truly, it is a testament to endurance that even though they may not have an ass anymore, they certainly know how to make an audience shake theirs.

Funny to think that one of them imagined that they would “make the garden and dig weeds” when they reached 64.

Star-crossed legends
The first, , the most productive of , reached the milestone a week before a Glastonbury concert on June 25 described as “one for the times”.

The other, guitar legend Gilberto Gill, no less productive spent a period as Brazilian Minister of Culture, celebrated the big event just three days before performing at the DR Concert Hall as part of the on June 29 – a concert he then followed with another a. day later.

Beginning in earnest in the early 1960s, both men’s careers have crossed each other at times – Gil in 1967 remembers that he had done nothing for weeks other than continuously play the Beatles’ landmark ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.

They have a lot in common. Both members of successful songwriting duos, they were the more experimental ones, and contributed with the ease that at times made the output transcendental.

More than their partners and Caetano Veloso, they enjoy the very sound of music. Raw, experimental, brave, perhaps a little messy and strange at times, when their music reaches sublime heights, though it can sometimes feel overproduced – a pitfall of their openness to all possibilities.

Infectious performer
On the occasion of Maestro Gil’s 80th birthday concert in the DR Concert Hall, there is a more striking British comparison than ‘Our Paul’: the eight-year-old !

In the same way that the Shakespearean ruler challenges his children to impress him with their dedication, but not in the sinister way repeated in ‘Succession’, Gil opens the stage for his offspring – three generations of which are on display.

This deflection is perhaps understandable because his song chops are not quite capable of the reproductions his songs deserve – albeit vocals that are among the most unique you will ever hear.

If he struggles, it is with the light touch that has been a hallmark of his career. His peaks therefore come in a number where he has to close the words: like his cover of the Beatles’ (who else!) Number ‘Get Back’, which could have been written specifically for his talents, and ‘Nos barracos da cidade’.

It is also clear how contagious he is as a performer. Everyone he looks at in the stalls is putty in his hands. Jesus made the cripples go, but Gil has made them dance with their zimmer frame.

Proud Pappy
Granddaughter , apparently a Cordelia, is the first to give it a try with ‘The Girl from Ipanema’. Her voice is like velvet, her intonation so sure. It’s a cliché, but this woman could sing the phone book. Grandpa’s little girl must make him so proud.

José, his youngest son, has a voice like chocolate. It’s so slippery: like the sound of bubbling lava. And the cadence of his higher tones; divine! It’s enough to make you jump into the magma and surrender your senses.

Lear, of course, did not have a son, but with eight children, Mr. Gil did not leave the odds in the lap of the gods. So with his singing heritage certainly secured for future generations via Flo and José, the question is who will pass on his showmanship.

The answer is obviously just a microsecond after Preta has taken the floor. She works in space as if she were a conductor at the New York Philharmonic… or the air traffic controller at Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport.

Of all the Gil children, she has been the most successful in herself. And it turns out as she whips the audience into madness. When she has finished her number, every other member of the DR Concert Hall is believers out of their chairs, shaking, shaking, shaking…

An evening with the family
This concert was not too long and it was not too short. And the balance in the stage ensemble of about 15 was also perfectly realized – always someone to look at and admire, interacting like any family doing what they love.

From the little tot heroic who wears a mini-electric guitar and takes his bow at the end with delighted courage, to the young teenager who does his best to hide on stage behind the drums, this family reunion got Partridges and Von Trapps and even Jacksons to look. maintained in comparison.

It could just as well be a home evening with Gillene, where the children are allowed to be children and the young adults are given the opportunity to do what Pappy does.

It had the best blend you could ever ask for. Mr. Gil did not sit in the spotlight, and he let his family shine.

And the hips still shake at the thought of it.

Source: The Nordic Page

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