Saturday, June 18, 2011
Retrato de João
Three audio documentaries from Cultura Brasil.
On 10 June 2011, João Gilberto celebrated his 80th birthday. To commemorate the occasion, Cultura Brasil has produced a series of audio documentaries titled Retrato de João. Each program is one-hour long. Two programs are already online, and a third is to follow.
The programs are based on interviews with the likes of Ruy Castro, Zuza Homem de Mello, Roberto Menescal, Miúcha, Moraes Moreira, Oscar Castro Neves, and João Donato. They also include reminiscences by his contemporaries Carlos Lyra, André Midani, Durval Ferreira, and Tito Madi. There are also testimonials by Bebel Gilberto, Gal Costa, and Paulinho Boca de Cantor and Luiz Galvão of Novos Baianos.
Interspersed among the reminiscences are many of João’s seminal recordings.