Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) pairs internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated Brazilian singer-composer Bebel Gilberto with Forro in the Dark, the quartet of Brazilian ex-pats with a danceable traditional forró sound in an exclusive evening of world music September 28 at Royce Hall. Tickets ($20-$55) are now available via www.cap.ucla.edu, Ticketmaster or at the UCLA Central Ticket Office.
Bebel Gilberto is one of Brazil's top-selling recording artists and performers and, as the daughter of Joao Gilberto -- the iconic voice of bossa nova -- and singer Miúcha, is Brazilian musical royalty. With the 2000 release of Tanto Tempo, Gilberto concocted her trademark electronic bossa nova, which took over clubs around the world and has sold more than 2.5 million records.
This breakout album has been featured on seven film soundtracks, including Next Stop Wonderland, Bubble, Closer and Eat Pray Love. Subsequent electronic-infused albums fused her Tanto Tempo sound with an acoustic lounge style that showcased her strengths as a composer.
Forro in the Dark is the collective New York-based Brazilian ex-pats who are updating the hip-swiveling, dance floor-filling, rural party music of Brazil's rural northeastern states sound for the 21st century. The group of vocalists and instrumentalists led by Mauro Refosco (who also serves as percussionist for David Byrne, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead's Thom Yorke) have made a home for their signature blend of down-home forró and urban cool in a weekly residence at East Village nightspot Nublu.
They have also toured extensively in the U.S., Canada and Europe, supported Gogol Bordello's North American Tour in October/November 2010 and backed up Stewart Copeland's recent TROMP percussion ensemble.