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After years in the music business and still smiling!

After years in the music business and still smiling!

That’s right ladies and gents, the boss of bossa and Tsar of Samba is coming.

When it comes to Brazilian music, I would surmise that there are few people around who can compare to Sergio Mendes. I mean, the guy had Antonio Carlos Jobim as a mentor! What I really like about him is his innovation – from the beginning, he’s taken plenty of tracks that are popular and just made them his own.

Mendes isn’t someone to rest on his laurels and dwell on his hits of old. You continue to see innovation even now as he blends hip hop music into his Brazilian rhythms. His smash hit Mas Que Nada has taken on a complete revamp with the Black Eyed Peas‘ contributing a hip hop lyrics and instrumentation. Yet the song remains, unmistakably samba, unmistakably Sergio.

A quick browse-through of the demo tracks on his website and you can see how Mendes doesn’t just keep up with the times, he shines.

Details of his show in Singapore

Singapore Sun Festival 2008
Sergio Mendes in Concert

22 Oct 2008
Wed, 07:30PM
Esplanade Concert Hall
S$148, S$128, S$88, S$68, S$48

Get your tickets at Sistic.

Sergio on a modern version of Agua De Beber:

I must admit, I’ve never heard of a bass trio ever before in my life! I mean, who needs bassists anyway? Guitars are so much better right? (This is a joke, please don’t flame me ok?) So when I found out that bass trio SMV was headed to Singapore, I went out and did a little information searching. The verdict? A show that looks set to be astounding and more.

SMV consists of  Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten each of them have had astounding solo careers as individual bassists. Information about each of them is readily available all over the web but I was more eager to hear how they’d sound.

Youtube had a few videos of SMV performing but I’m putting up just one of them here. I personally think that the show will be fantastic. I know there might be some people who feel this is just a “Musician Stunt Show” rather than an actual music event. I guess its up to you to decide. As of now, I’m agonizing over whether to shell out $80 to watch them!

For more information on SMV’s performance, go here.

You can also check out the following vids if you’re interested:

So I went to watch the Turandot yesterday as part of my Music East and West module. I must admit that opera and classical music isn’t quite my thing, I much prefer contemporary music like jazz, rock, pop etc. However, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the show.

To the uninitiated, Turandot is set in China and the story follows a young man, Calaf, who wants to marry the beautiful, drop-dead gorgeous princess Turandot (from where I was sitting in the box seats, she didn’t look THAT beautiful). The Princess, however, is one of those feminist types who doesn’t want to be ‘owned’ by any man. Anyone who wants to marry the princess must answer her riddles or face the chopping block, the princess has already amassed a fine collection of heads from foolish suitors. Of course Calaf answers the riddles and gets the girl in the end.

As I was watching Turandot however, it struck me how the opera obviously mistakes love for lust, much like the modern gansta hip hop of today. Calaf, on seeing the princess, goes all crazy and starts singing about her beautiful face, her fragrance that fills the air or some other body part too awesome to behold. Modern rappers would be rapping all about ‘lovely lady lumps’ and many other body parts that were invented only after Turandot was written I’m sure.

Gangsta rap is also known to ocassionally have some amazingly cheesy lyrics that sound like they were put in just to make sure the song could be long enough (Rihanna and her umbrella comes to mind here). Turandot was written almost a century ago, so cheesy lyrics are excusable I guess. It’s just that there were many times where I just wished for the show to just move on.

All in all, I think Turandot is just great. In no small part due to their rendition of the Nessun Dorma. What’s that you ask? Well, I’m not much of an opera guy, but I would go so far as to say it’s a kick ass type song where the singer totally goes and shows off.

You can watch the late Pavarotti’s version below:

For more information on Turandot, you can go here