Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Start Time: 8:00 PM
Event Type: Special Events, Concerts
Last Updated: June 10, 2012
Ceuwith CuruminEver since Brazilian phenomenon Ceu captivated the world with her self-titled debut album in 2007, her follow up release has been widely anticipated. After being chosen as the first international artist featured in Starbucks Hear Music Debut series, Ceu earned both Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations, countless press accolades, and chart topping numbers. So how does one of the most successful Brazilian female artists of our time respond? With her typical grace and artistry.First came Cangote in May of 2009, a teaser four-song EP that was a harbinger of wonderful things to come, as the full-length album Vagarosa demonstrates. Vagarosa, which translates to slow, easygoing, and leisurely, perfectly reflects the vibe that runs throughout the album. Everywhere on Vagarosa is evidence of Ceu's ever-deepening musical sophistication and intelligence. Notice the albums opening track, for example: on the surface its all gentle sweetness, nothing but Ceu's flutelike voice accompanied by Rodrigo Campos on the cavaquinho, a sort of Brazilian ukelele. But the songs title hints at more serious concerns titled Sobre o Amor e Seu Trabalho Silencioso (Concerning Love and Its Silent Work), it celebrates, in Ceu's words, the invisible chemistry of love, when it awakes, but the song also makes quiet reference to loves demands. That song leads beautifully into Cangote, which deepens and darkens the mood and prepares you for the myriad sounds and flavors to come later in the program.Comadi, a song that Ceu co-wrote with with Beto Villares, and that she explains is about how much women struggle for their position in life, is dense and funky, with lots of wah-wah guitars, low reeds, and a slow and soulful groove. The musical texture opens up a bit with Bubuia, on which the percussion skitters lightly on the surface, hinting at a sort of jungle breakbeat, but Ceu's smoothly languid vocals keep the groove anchored in a relaxed medium tempo even as the intensity begins to build near the middle of the song. Grains de Beaut is a sensual love song on which she invites the beloved to draw lines connecting the beauty marks on his lovers body.
Location: El Rey Theater
Address: 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
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