Past Performances

Adrianna Calcanhotto

Adrianna Calcanhotto
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

Music as Poetry: A Conversation With One of the Most Internationally Renowned Brazilian Singers Today

Certain poetic effects that seem new and contemporary to us have existed for a long time and have marked the western song. The Brazilian case is as complex as Brazil is, which encourages discussion about the extreme quality of popular poets, samba musicians, who in the vast majority, without further studies, left works of great poetic stature that are still sung and loved to this day. For me, as a singer and songwriter, through these studies of the archeology of the popular song every day I am more convinced that if there are two things that can change the world they are love and music.

Adriana Calcanhotto is a multi-platinum performer and Latin American Grammy Award winner.  She won the “Best Portuguese Language Song” for “Tua,” and the Best Children’s Album with “Adriana Partimpim.” Her songs have a force of their own, broadcast on radios and picked up by television shows and exported all over the world. Composing widely popular ballads to conceptual art inspired by the greats in Literature and poetry, largely influenced by Brazilian modernism, her original songs continue to be re-recorded by great musicians.

Currently professor and ambassador at University of Coimbra, Adriana showed great devotion for words, books and poetry. She not only wrote melodies for some of her favorite poems, but worked together with important voices of contemporary poetry, performing with Augusto de Campos, Antonio Cicero, Waly Salomão and Ferreira Gullar. Adriana also published poetry anthologies for adults and children, who best know her for her heteronym Adriana Partimpim.


Marcus Tardelli

Marcus Tardelli
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Marcus Tardelli is one of the most remarkable guitarists to emerge from Brazil. From a very young age, he was deeply interested in music and drawn particularly to orchestral works. The guitar, however, was the only instrument available to him, so he developed ways to play the orchestral harmonies he loved, and ultimately created a new school of thought in guitar technique. From popular Brazilian music to the classical compositions that have influenced it, Tardelli performs with unsurpassed technical mastery and an unwavering devotion to expression.

 


Lívia Nestrovski

Lívia Nestrovski
Friday, April 7th, 2017

The University of Illinois Concert Band, directed by Prof. Chip McNeill, presents the music of Milton Nascimento adapted for the traditional big band ensemble. We are joined by guest artist Lívia Nestrovski, described by Polivox culture magazine as a singer of “luminous, overwhelming presence”, whose voice is “one of the greatest achievements in contemporary Brazilian music”.

Drawing from regional, national and global influences, the music of Milton Nascimento offers a unique perspective on the Brazilian musical soundscape. Nascimento is inspired by traditional church music and the music of Afro-Brazilian religions from his state of Minas Gerais, while brilliantly incorporating elements from Bossa Nova, Jazz and Rock.

This concert is presented by the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies and co-sponsored by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, School of Music and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.


Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gil
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

With more than 50 albums to his credit, Gilberto Gil is an ambassador for music that ranges from the baião of northeastern Brazil to reggae, psychedelia, bossa nova, electronica, samba, and rock. He was instrumental in tropicalia’s development and spread in the 1960s and continues to be a force in both politics and musical innovation. A multiple Grammy winner, he has served as Brazil’s minister of culture and a UNESCO Artist for Peace. Following his talk will be a question-and-answer session.

Sponsored by the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies and co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Krannert Center.