Pedro Luís plays Revival in Toronto October 21st, 2012 photo: Jorge Bispo

It is not everyday that an artist like Pedro Luís, an icon of the Rio de Janeiro scene, comes to Toronto. On Sunday night Pedro Luís plays Revival, presented by Brazil Film Fest together with our Uma Nota Festival. This show, a different take on the Carioca sound, promises to be outstanding, as Pedro drops tracks from his new CD as well as the best songs from his career. The new CD, Tempo de Menino, is a testament to the present vibe of modern Rio and modern Brazil. The style is not bound by beach anthems and carnival, but rather on poetry, artistry and fine musicianship.

Most famous for his work as Pedro Luís with A Parede, Pedro’s career is notable. His compositions can be heard in the voices of great names of Brazilian music: Ney Matogrosso, Elba Ramalho, O Rappa, Cidade Negra, Adriana Calcanhoto, Fernanda Abreu, and Roberta Sá. His hand in the forming of the group Monobloco made him a mainstay of the alternative Carioca Carnival. In 2009, Pedro Luís, ever the artist, released his first book: Logo Parecia Que Assim Sempre Fora,  inspired by the album Olho de Peixe by Lenine and Marcos Suzano. The reflections of this book and Lenine can be felt in his new CD.

Tempo de Menino is produced by the duo miniStereo, a.k.a. Rodrigo Campello et Jr. Tolstoi, both of whom had a musical hand in the production of Lenine’s masterful CDs. The song Menina do Salão de Beleza (written with Beto and Rodrigo Valente Cabelo), debuted in June on the soundtrack of the hit Brazilian primetime soap opera Avenida Brasil. There are also features collaborations with Milton Nascimento, Erasmo Carlos, Roberta Sá and many more. The sound of the album is fantastic, with multiple textures and a depth in the musical voyage produced only by the best studios.

Pedro has promised an equally thrilling live performance, performing the songs of various genres and rhythms that make up his solo album as well as hits from his successful career, including classics from Pedro Luís e A Parede. Special guests on the stage in at Revival will be Luanda Jones, and old friend from Pedro’s Monobloco days, Maninho Costa of Batucada Carioca.

Pedro Luís and his band: Marcelo Vig (drums and programming), Guila (bass) and Leo Saad (guitar and keyboard).

Not only all this but Pedro is also super nice guy. Joyous & joking on the skype call I had with him, he was very gracious at the fact that I had listened to the CD and could comment on it. He is very happy to be coming to Toronto to present “um belo espetáculo” (a beautiful show). We are proud to present one of the most influencial and cool musicians from Brazil. Below are some vids from his past and present projects.

Pedro shouting out Toronto:

A classic tune with Pedro’s wife, singer Roberta Sá:

A little bit of his show:

Title track off the CD, played solo:

Pedro Luís performs at Revival on Sunday, October 21, as part of the Brazil Film Fest and Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expressions. More info here.