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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

In Context: Ofertório

Photo: Ney Coelho

Brazilian cultural revolutionary Caetano Veloso has been a transformative international force since the 1960s, when he swirled bossa nova, art rock, and psychedelia into the world-shaking phenomenon known as Tropicália—a musical manifesto that wrapped anti-authoritarian political dissidence in a kaleidoscope of sound. In this special two-night engagement, the ever-evolving singer, composer, and activist is joined by his three sons—Moreno, Zeca, and Tom—for a family affair that zigzags across Veloso's restlessly innovative body of work: from swaying samba rhythms to pop experimentation and lyrics that swerve from the hallucinogenic to the subversive to the sublime.

After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #caetano.

Program Notes

Ofertório (PDF)


Caetano Veloso: Dark Times Are Coming for My Country (The New York Times)
Caetano Veloso penned this somber assessment of the rise of populist conservatism in Brazil shortly before the election of President Jair Bolsonaro.

The Story of Tropicália in 20 Albums (Pitchfork)
Brazil’s musical revolution in the ‘60s, led by Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tom Zé and Os Mutantes, explained through 20 of its most important albums (with audio).

Watch & Listen

'Like father, like son,' is the case for the Velosos, Brazil's beloved musicians (PRI)
Moreno Veloso’s solo album Coisa Boa, his first after a 13-year break, celebrated Brazilian music from the 30s through the 70s and was an opportunity for the musician to create his own identity apart from his famous father.

Caetano Veloso, Zeca Veloso, Tom Veloso – “O Seu Amor” ft. Moreno Veloso (YouTube)
A high-quality live video of the Velosos performing “O Seu Amor” from the album Ofertório.

On Tropicália (YouTube)
We wanted to “shake the musical and cultural environment,” says Caetano Veloso of the movement he helped to found.

Now your turn...

What did you think? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #caetano.

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  1. Beautiful concert. Subtle and moving, the Veloso family conveys emotions throughout their well designed show. The lights and the set are nicely participating to the poetry.

    The only negative critic I have is regarding the temperature in the theater. The AC was blasting and it was uncomfortably cold!! :(

  2. Amazing! Another great show from Caetano Veloso. Could say there and listen to them for hours. Veloso family is talented. What a great way to start the weekend.

  3. Great concert! I enjoyed the veriety of music the Velosos played along with their family anecdotes and surprise dancing. The lighting rounded out the entire show, so simple yet captivading. A work of art just as their music.

  4. terrific hearing his sons! Hurray for reproduction. I wanted to hear COME AS U ARE. but fantastic concert otherwise.

  5. beautiful, they warmed my heart, they are super talented, Caetano is brilliant as always, his voice is intoxicating. LOVE THE SHOW !! LOVE THEM. I will go to listen to them again and again.

    1. I've been attending Caetano's concerts for 27 years. Each one was a uniquely faceted gem.
      Fan for life


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