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ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND: GILBERTO GIL in conversation with Paul Holdengraber

November 10, 2011

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LIVE from the NYPL presents ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND

The musician Gilberto Gil has engineered a unique sound that combines traditional Brazilian genres such as samba, salsa, and bossa nova with Western influences in the forms of rock and folk music. He was a leader of the tropicalia movement in Brazil during the late sixties, and has since become one of South America’s most widely-recognized musicians. Gil is accomplished as a singer, composer and guitar-player and continues to perform all over the world. More recently, Gil has enjoyed a career as a politician in Brazil, serving as Minister of Culture in Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s government from 2003-2008.

GILBERTO GIL was a leader of the tropicalia movement in Brazil during the late sixties. He has become one of South America’s most widely-recognized musicians. He is accomplished as a singer, composer and guitar-player and continues to perform.

PAUL HOLDENGRÄBER is the director of LIVE from the NYPL.