World renowned, multi-Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Bebel Gilberto will heat up February with her trademark blend of warm Brazilian rhythms and ethereal vocals when she performs at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, February 11, at 8:00 p.m. Gilberto will transport fans to Brazil, with bright, incandescent bossa nova-infused melodies, lyrics about love and a lilting performance style that has earned her a devoted fan base worldwide. This Palm Bay International World Beat Series show kicks off at 6:45 p.m. in the lobby, with a complimentary wine tasting courtesy of Palm Bay International, and complimentary Brazilian Hors d’Oeuvres tasting courtesy of Tribuna Newspaper.
Gilberto was born in New York to Brazilian music icons João Gilberto and Miúcha. Her musical education was her childhood in Brazil where she was surrounded by extended family, including her uncle Chico Buarque and family friends like Milton Nacimento, Tom Jobim, Caetano Veloso and João Donato. Before this festive evening of Latin rhythms, visit Babaloo Cocina Latina (991 Danbury Road, Wilton) for dinner the night of the show and enjoy a complimentary taco when tickets are presented!
Bebel’s life-long eclectic musical tastes are made palpable when listening to her most recent album Tudo. In addition to living and breathing all types of Brazilian musical styles as a child, she was exposed to the greats, from Debussy to Prince; Michel Legrand to Billie Holiday; Bjork to Gershwin. Also evident on Tudo is her love for North American soul; she discovered Donna Summer, Earth Wind and Fire and Michael Jackson on the dance floor as a budding teenager. “The whole disco thing plays a big role in my heart,” says Bebel, who still loves to dance.
Several years after Bebel moved to New York City in 1991, her present day sound of electronic meets Brazilian began to crystallize. “Little by little, I learned what I wanted musically,” says Bebel, who gigged all around the city and collaborated with many artists. She established a weekly gig at The Greatest Bar on Earth, on top of the World Trade Center in the early 1990s that drew a fervent international crowd. “At that gig, everything started to come together,” says Bebel. “I think there I became a New Yorker—with a Brazilian heart of course!”
For tickets ($48), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.