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Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Nando Reis
photo: Alfonso Salgueiro

 

America, South to North

Charlotte Brouard-Tartarin

 

The autumn of 2021 brings a pair of debuts by long-established master musicians: the saxophonists Anthony Braxton and Charles Lloyd appear on stage at the Philharmonie for the first time – at the age of 76 and 83, respectively. Braxton, the grand master of free jazz and a prolific composer, brings his radical brand of creativity to the festival rainy days. Like Braxton, Lloyd has been a protagonist of jazz history since the 1960s; he now presents his spiritually inflected sound in the Grand Auditorium.

Gilberto Gil, a musical figurehead and veritable «elder statesman» of Brazilian music, returns to the Philharmonie as part of the festival atlântico. Like Caetano Veloso and Chico Buarque, he is among the central figures of Música Popular Brasileira (MPB), which developed during the 1960s under the influence of bossa nova. Nor did being forced into exile during dictatorship stop him from harnessing his art for political and social change. After his return, Gilberto Gil was even appointed the Brazilian minister of culture in Lula da Silva’s administration. This indefatigable freedom fighter has lost none of his energy, and his European tours remain eagerly- and long-awaited events.

The US-American pianist and composer Maria Schneider makes a rare appearance on this side of the Atlantic, returning to the Philharmonie on 05.02. after her last performance here in 2011. Schneider was the assistant to Gil Evans until his death in 1988. That same year she founded the ensemble known today as the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Her distinctive personal style has made her one of the most renowned composers for jazz ensembles.