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MILTON NASCIMENTO AT THE TOWN HALL

2014-11-18
Showtime: 8PM
Doors Open at 7:30PM


This show takes place at The Town Hall.

To purchase tickets, please click the "Buy Tickets" link above or call the Box Office at (212) 840-2824


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Milton Nascimento at The Town Hall

Undeniably one of Brazil's greatest stars, Milton Nascimento is the man whose transformative early work fusing Africanized jazz with Latino-American folk allowed an entire generation of artists to free themselves from the bossa nova. An excellent guitarist, a singer with an astonishing tonal range, and a prolific composer, he is also one of those performers whose concerts remain forever etched in the memory.



In 2013 Milton had a several things to celebrate. Starting by the world concert tour which will make his 50 years career even more remarkable. "Milton Nascimento - Travessia" his new concert will present the greatest classics songs of his work. The year 2013 will also be remembered for the 45 years of the Rio de Janeiro International Song Festival (1967), when Milton Nascimento grabbed the world’s attention with his voice and sophisticated lyrics, among them, travessia. Still 2013, Clube da Esquina album one of the most important works of Brazilian popular music is celebrating 40 years.

The concerts that Milton Nascimento will play around the world in 2014 will be the major-and rare opportunity of seeing one of the most important Brazilian artists at the peak of his performing.

Milton Nascimento truly needs no introduction -- he's a maverick artist with a hit-making career that spans over three decades. Since his first album debut, Milton has recorded over 37 solo albums and collaborated with musicians the world over such as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, James Taylor, Duran Duran, Sarah Vaughan, Esperanza Spalding and countless others.

With a fifty-year performing career as singer, guitarist and pianist spanning jazz, Latin and a varied mixture of pop and funk behind him. His versatility, generically and instrumentally, has been one of the hallmarks of his career, but it was his performance on Wayne’s Shorter’s 1974 album Native Dancer that brought Nascimento to the jazz audience's attention in the US and Europe.

The extraordinary lyricism of that upper register, along with the energy and originality of his funky contributions to Native Dancer are still strikingly present. There’s a bit less falsetto now, nearly forty years after his Shorter debut, than there used to be - some of the elasticity has gone - but his voice is still a marvellous instrument.

A sometimes crackly, seasoned quality is just another shade in Nascimento’s vocal palette - somewhere between Tom Waits and Edith Piaf, perhaps - and he sings lyrically and with stunning emotional power throughout. Occasionally, he crescendoed from stage whisper to roar with such suddenness, it made the hair stand up on the back of the neck, as if a crocodile had suddenly burst from a tranquil stream and snapped in front of one’s nose.

His repertoire took in a selection of hits, perfect for both newcomers and dedicated fans.

Nascimento has a magnetic stage presence, shuffling about like a shaman between piano - on which he plays a brilliant burst of Nymanesque minimalism - and centre stage.

Nascimento has a highly skilled band – Wilson Lopes (guitar), Lincoln Cheib (drums), Gastão Villeroy (bass), Kiko Continentino (piano) and Widor Santiago (sax) - with every member of it equally capable of launching off into a technically dazzling solo; they all sing too. And best of all, perhaps, is their obvious cohesiveness, their communication of pure enjoyment. These musicians know each other’s playing intimately, balance each other’s input masterfully.

Nascimento is hugely gifted as performer, writer, musician and bandleader. His music is an amalgam of jazz rythms, African sounds, folk laments and latin American hymns, rest assured, the concerts that Milton Nascimento and his special guests will deliver will remain in the minds of the fans (or non-fans) for a long, long time.

 

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