Sunday, July 7, 2019

João Gilberto (1931–2019)

João Gilberto, composer, singer, guitarist, architect of bossa nova, has died at the age of eighty-eight. The Washington Post has an obituary. From 2008, here is a São Paolo concert, just voice and guitar.


The New York Times now has an obituary.

comments: 2

zzi said...

I just heard him on the radio Saturday. The disc jockey made a point that it was w/o Astrud Gilberto.

Michael Leddy said...

Yes, the famous recording was apparently an impromptu thing in the studio. I was listening to the Getz/Gilberto album today. And a true fact: I used to mesmerize my classes by playing “The Girl from Ipanema” (the full-length version, with both João and Astrud singing) to accompany Odyssey 5, when Odysseus meets Nausicaa on the beach.