Seu Jorge and Almaz announce European tour

By 08 September, 2010

It seems Seu Jorge is everywhere at the moment. At the weekend he was singing in front of almost 15,000 people at Madison Square Garden, the week before he was hanging out with ?uestlove, he’s been the subject of articles discussing the benefits of artists featuring on soundtracks as well as changing Brazilian stereotypes, all the time while touring North American with Almaz in support of their awesome Seu Jorge and Almaz record, released on Now Again Records in August. Now thankfully we will be getting our European fix as the group heads over to Europe for a 15-date tour. Tour details are as follow:

October 15: Nancy, FRANCE – Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival.
October 16: Leuven, BELGIUM – Depot (support: Aloe Blacc).
October 17: London, UK – The Roundhouse.
October 19: Koblenz, GERMANY – Café Hahn.
October 21: Amsterdam, HOLLAND – Paradiso.
October 22: Paris, FRANCE – La Cigale.
October 23: Berlin, GERMANY – Huxley´s.
October 24: Hamburg, GERMANY – Fabrik.
October 27: Madrid, SPAIN – Sala La Riviera
October 28: Oporto, PORTUGAL – Coliseu do Porto.
October 29: Lisboa, PORTUGAL – Coliseu de Lisboa.
November 1: Girona, SPAIN – Temporada Alta Festival.
November 4: Zurich, SWITZERLAND – Rote Fabrik (Club Raum).
November 5: Istanbul, TURKEY – Babylon.
November 6: Istanbul, TURKEY – Babylon.

Here’s a little taster from the band’s press release in regards to what they are all about:

This brand new project is steeped in that smoky, soul-piercing voice, but it’s also about a band: Almaz. The other three members are hugely respected artists in their own right: Pupillo, one of the most sought-after drummers in Brazil, and Lucio Maia, voted seven times the best guitarist in the country, are both members of the legendary Nação Zumbi. And on bass, the award-winning film score composer Antonio Pinto (Central Station, City of God). They first met up to record a song for the Walter Salles film Linha de Passe and got such a buzz out of the chemistry in the studio they decided to record an entire album together.

That spontaneous, relaxed vibe flows throughout the record, and it also lives in the repertoire – each musician freely choosing songs which inspire them. “The only leader here is the music” says Jorge. The tracklist lays out twelve new versions of songs by twelve different songwriters, songs they love from Brazil, America and Europe. From Jorge Ben and Michael Jackson to Kraftwerk, Tim Maia and Roy Ayers, mixing samba, soul and rock, hits and obscurities, like spinning the dial on a dream radio.

And here’s something for you to feast your eyes and ears on:

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