Nine years on, one of Brazil’s most innovative guitarist and pianist is back at the Barbican. He will perform on February 27th, and contemporary jazz artist Ralph Towner will be playing the opening set.
Gismonti began his formal music studies on piano at the age of just six. He then studied classical music for 15 years and went to Paris, were he worked with the composer Jean Barraqué, a disciple of Schoenberg and Webern. After his return to Brazil, Gismonti began to explore other musical genres, such as Brazilian choro.
He soon learned to play guitar, both the six- and the ten-string instrument. He spent two years experimenting with different sounds and rhythms, and he flirted with kalimbas and bells. He also drew inspiration from artists like Leo Brouwer and Jimi Hendrix.
Towner is a master of delicately poised atmosphere – sensuous and lyrical balanced by a muscular rhythmic tension. The Barbican explains: “he’s worked with luminaries such as Gary Burton, Wheeler and is a founder member of the charismatic world jazz quartet Oregon; but his solo performances carry an evocative quality rare in today’s music.”
JungleDrums is giving away a pair of tickets. Just e-mail us at email@example.com and we will announce the lucky winner a week before the concert.
And we will be present at the concert. Music journalist John Stevenson will report and review the event, just in case you can’t make it. So stay tuned!