Grammy-nominated Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto is excited to present Bebel Gilberto Live at the Belly Up, recorded in last summer at the legendary Belly Up nightclub in Solana Beach, CA. The album will be released on September 29, 2017 on the venue’s own Belly Up Live imprint.
Bebel Gilberto Live at the Belly Up captures a very special, intimate performance featuring the sultry Brazilian singer and and her long-time guitarist Masa Shimizu on guitar, performing some of her fans’ favorite songs rearranged for this special show, along with a show-stopping cover of Radiohead’s “Creep”. The recording also features Bebel’s own interpretation of “Preciso Dizer que Te Amo”, a song she originally wrote and recorded with fellow Brazilian singer Cazuza, a close friend of hers until his death from AIDS related causes in 1990. The song first appeared as a duet between the two artists on Red Hot & Rio in 1996.
Bebel has recently started performing these intimate versions of her songs live and has been delighted by the audience response. Perhaps more remarkable has been her own experience: “I feel completely naked listening to such untouched live tracks,” says the singer. “Recording some of my favorite songs wrapped only with acoustic guitar has shown me how unique these moments can be.” As for covering of a Radiohead song, Bebel has always had a broad taste for pop music, from Prince to David Bowie to Bjork, but recording and performing this song has been a particularly profound experience. “It’s a very truthful version for me, and it only came after many late nights of singing the song alone.”
Hailing from a rich musical lineage, Bebel is the is the daughter of João Gilberto and singer Miúcha, and grew up surrounded by her extended musically family, including her uncle Chico Buarque and family friends like Milton Nascimento, Tom Jobim, Caetano Veloso, and João Donato.
Although she has been making music all her life, Bebel Gilberto had her first major breakthrough as a solo artist with her highly acclaimed release Tanto Tempo in 2000, introducing her now-trademark blend of electronic bossa nova and positioning her as one of the top-selling Brazilian artists in the U.S. She has has released five albums in the last 16 years, all Grammy-nominated, and all of them reflecting a life growing up with one foot in Brazil and the other New York City, infusing a modern, cosmopolitan edge to her music. She continues to call New York City home to this day.
Don’t miss Bebel Gilberto when she performs this intimate music on tour.
The evening opens with a set from DJ Sun.
Rooted in a multicultural upbringing in Rotterdam and Suriname, DJ Sun’s work reflects his mission to introduce people to music they may not normally experience, but in a way that “makes sense.” And while his creative edge is steeped in the diverse musical influences of his childhood and in the innate resiliency of his spirit, his professional life is one that has been cultivated by a degree in business and a dedicated obsession to his craft. His album “One Hundred” is proof of this, gaining him a reptuation as a recording artist who is, as critics said, “never content to remain just another face among the multitudes.” And, in keeping with the acclaim of that album, DJ Sun’s latest release, “Qingxi,” stretches beyond the typical as a soundtrack to a multimedia event that was inspired by an ancestral quest to China.
Due to this amalgamation of life experience and fortitude, DJ Sun has the privilege to work alongside renowned artists from around the world via his podcast, Everyday is Sunday. It has also opened doors to a variety of opportunities including a multimedia project with Asia Society Texas; MFAH Mixed Media, a sold out multi-sensory event series; and the development of one of Houston’s most popular bar and live-music venue, The Flat.