Cafezinho: Ed Motta's Chicago Debut has a new date: October 16th

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 08/01/2014 - 12:17 am


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Mayne Stage in Rogers Park has announced a new date for Ed Motta's Chicago debut: Thursday October 16th.  With only days ahead of his original August date, Motta reluctantly was forced to postpone his US Tour - including his Chicago debut - due to visa issues worldwide and "computer problems" in Washington DC (haven't we heard this before?). Here's the story from the Wall Street Journal, and Ed Motta's instagram from August.

Now everyone is looking forward to Ed Motta's Chicago show, one night only, on Thursday October 16th.

Be sure to listen to The Sounds of Brazil streaming radio station (above) for the latest concert and music news updates. Meanwhile, enjoy the following article from The Chicago Tribune on Ed Motta and his music.

- Scott Adams


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Brazilian singer/songwriter Ed Motta has not yet been to Chicago, but recently he offered an informative discourse on the city's musical history from his apartment in Rio De Janeiro. Then he sang The Dells' "Stay In My Corner," nailing its vocals and orchestration.

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Motta's deep knowledge of Chicago R&B did not come as a surprise. His own music draws more from mid-1970s American soul than indigenous Brazilian sources. He is also renowned for collecting, and critiquing, rare albums and singles. So far, Motta has obtained about 30,000.

"I began collecting records early — I was obsessed with Earth, Wind and Fire — and that started my interest in rock and jazz," Motta said. "Seeing how styles and countries connect has made my record collection my most important influence."

But Motta received another childhood immersion in international bridges. His uncle, singer Tim Maia, brought American funk to Brazilian popular music during the 1970s. Maia also gave his nephew a drum kit and Motta became a teenage pop star during the 1980s with the band Conexao Japeri. Then Motta crafted a more individual sound, starting when he decided to play all his instrumental parts.

"They thought it was egomania, but it came naturally," Motta said. "I was looking at a Paul McCartney record and it said he played everything. So it just made a lot of sense, musically and spiritually."

Personal interests, as well as spiritual beliefs, continue to guide Motta's work inside and outside of music. On "Um Contrato Com Deus" (A Contract With God) from 1990 he featured the blues, including interpretations of Leadbelly and Sonny Boy Williamson tunes. In the early 1990s, he moved to New York and immersed himself in black-and-white movies; Billy Wilder and Raoul Walsh remain favorite directors. Motta started writing about films after returning to Brazil.

He embraced a different form of storytelling for his inventive 2005 disc, "Aystelum." The cover art illustrations, and the album's mysterious narrative, reflect his fascination with comics. Motta's wife, Edna Lopes, is a comic book writer and illustrator and he admires such contemporary cartoonists as Chicagoan Chris Ware and Joe Sacco. Elongated trumpet lines echo '60s-era modal jazz, which he blends with ideas from samba and Broadway show tunes. His fanciful melodies, resonant voice and electric keyboard lines link the disparate elements.

"To do an album like that was a kamikaze attitude toward my career," Motta said. "But I had to do something urgent that brings many things together, from Frank Zappa to John Coltrane. My obsession was to break out of any stereotype."

With such a determined stance, the easy listening melodies on Motta's recent disc, "AOR," could seem like his version of Zappa's caustic humor. The album's title refers to the 1970s and '80s commercially friendly album oriented rock radio format, and the upbeat music and lyrics (on English and Portuguese language versions) echo that era's gentle tone. But Motta said he never intended to mock the genre. He just loves bands like the Doobie Brothers.

"Of course, there's a little bit of irony in all this, but I've been collecting this music for years," Motta said. "I guess that irony comes from this music having an image that connects it to such television shows as 'Miami Vice' and 'Magnum P.I.' But I also have the complete 'Magnum P.I.' series on DVD and I like to watch it when I'm depressed."

Looking ahead, Motta may have settled any internal debate about going in a commercial or an experimental direction. Although he hints that his future could still be undetermined.

"Maybe I'll record with Burt Bacharach, live in Los Angeles, become rich and have a ten-person entourage," Motta said with what sounded like a laugh. "That's always been the dream." Chicago Tribune


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