Friday June 15, 2012
The Music Gallery presents
DAVID ARCUS ENSEMBLE + BERNICE
(Part of the New World Series)
Also featuring SKYBEACH, an installation by Jeff Garcia/Mango Peeler
A night dedicated to the progressive Brazilian art and music movement of Tropicalia.
Doors: 7pm | Concert: 8pm
Tickets: $30 regular, $15 member
(ON SALE NOW)
Tropicalia was one of the most important global manifestations of youth culture during the 1960s. Inspired by a combination of art, music and cultural theory, a group of young singers from the north-eastern Brazilian province of Bahia briefly turned the country’s music scene upside down. Led by Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Os Mutantes, the musical expression of the “cultural cannibalism” that was Tropicalia absorbed folkloric Brazilian sounds, musique concrete, pop and rock tropes and absurdist song constructions to create not so much a sound as a point of view on Brazil’s identity and place in the world.
Perhaps then Toronto guitarist David Arcus is a latter-day Rogerio Duprat, who arranged many of the classic Tropicalia albums. Arcus received a degree in Composition from the University Of Toronto in 2005. He has long been a participant in Brazilian arts organization Uma Nota where he arranges for Brazilian drummers, horns and electric instruments. Most recently he was the musical director of Aline Morales’ debut album Flores Tambores E Amores which was acclaimed for its careful, creative musical settings. Arcus will lead a sextet playing arrangements for Uma Nota and reinterpretations of Tropicalia and MPB (“Musica Popular Brasilera”) from the sixties and seventies.
Bernice is the project of Robin Dann, Thom Gill and Colin Fisher. Their music evokes comparisons to Mary Margaret O’Hara and Maria Bethânia to fits well with the experimental spirit of Tropicalia.
More info: 416-204-1080 • www.musicgallery.org