Brazilian Jazz Virtuoso Egberto Gismonti Returns to the Capital for London Jazz Festival 2012
Egberto Gismonti is one of those rare musicians that Brazil seems to produce at will, a virtuoso who seems well-equipped to collaborate with whoever he likes, resulting in a varied and illustrious career. Gismonti plays piano and guitar, taking cues from classical music, the Brazilian choro style, Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix. He will be performing at the Southbank Centre as part of this year’s London Jazz Festival.
Egberto Gismonti’s solo performances meld uplifting, exuberant rhythms with heart-stopping melody. In other words, expect a scintillating show from a master musician. Musically, expect the unexpected; Gismonti has fused his own unique style over his many years of performing and trying to second-guess where his music will take you is futile.
Gismonti has frequently collaborated with Nana Vasconcelos, as well as Hermeto Pascoal and Jan Garbarek. Of great news for fans is the fact that his 1981 live recording with Jan Garbarek and Charlie Haden, Magico: Carta De Amor, has been released for the first time, to coincide with the London Jazz Festival. The album is available from Amazon.
The London Jazz Festival 2012 runs from Friday November 9th until Sunday November 18th and includes performances from across the jazz world (Sonny Rollins, Jan Garbarek, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin), world music (Trilok Gurtu, Arun
Ghosh, Flavia Coelho) and more experimental fare (Damo Suzuki, Ilhan Ersahin). You can find out more information about the festival at londonjazzfestival.org.uk
WHEN: Saturday 17th November, 7.30pm
WHAT: Egberto Gismonti + John Law’s Congregation feat Yuri Goloubev / Asaf Sirkis
WHERE: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
TICKETS: £10-25 from 0844 875 0073 or southbankcentre.co.uk