Get to Know: Bebel Gilberto

Get to Know: Bebel Gilberto – Recording Artist

Bebel_Gilberto_SP_5619_by_Harper_SmithBebel Gilberto was destined to be a performer. Not only are her parents Brazilian music icons João Gilberto and Miúcha, but she spent much of her childhood surrounded by her extended family, which included her uncle, musician Chico Buarque, and family friends Milton Nascimento and Tom Jobim. Her latest album, Tudo, is sung in Portuguese and English (sometimes in the same song), and features a mix of original tracks written or co-written by Gilberto as well as composers such as Cesar Mendez. She also covers the Jobim classic, Vivo Sonhando, and a version of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon. Gilberto splits her time between Rio de Janeiro and New York City. She will headline the City of Boca Raton’s Brazilian Beat celebration on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Mizner Park Amphitheater.

What does Brazilian Independence Day mean to you? The independence of Brazil from the Portuguese is a very important holiday. I remember Sept. 7 since I was a little girl. I am very excited to be celebrating this event in Boca Raton.

What was the inspiration behind your album, Tudo? I went through a lot before the album. That year, I had an accident, a broken ankle with a very painful recovery, and the ending of a relationship. To record Tudo, I moved to LA and started working with producer Mario Caldato Jr. We had to work hard in order to release it before the World Cup; it paid off, as it was nominated for Latin Grammy.

Is there anyone with whom you’d like to record that you haven’t yet worked with? Danger Mouse, Marisa Monte and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

You are an art aficionado. Who is your favorite artist? My friend, Janaina Tschäpe, who is Brazilian/German.

Favorite places in South Florida: Lincoln Road and the Raleigh and Delano hotels.

Top dinner destination: Any Latin place—with lots of noise.

Best place to relax or de-stress: The beach.

Book currently on your nightstand: Madame Bovary.

Luxury you can’t live without: Walking, being healthy, exercising, gardening… Being able to do everything by yourself is the biggest luxury in life.

Charity close to your heart: Viva Cazuza in Rio is a great charity [named after the late Brazilian singer, Cazuza, a childhood friend]. Cazuza’s mother, Lucinha Araujo, raises kids—I mean, really raises them. They go to the pool and on trips and everything. She works hard to raise money for them. I really admire what she does. I wish there were more foundations like this one.

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