Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Remaining true to the experimental and Dada impulses of Tropicália, Tom Zé has been noted for both his unorthodox approach to melody and instrumentation, employing various objects as instruments such as the typewriter.
He has collaborated with many of the concrete poets of São Paulo, including Augusto de Campos, and employed concrete techniques in his lyrics. Musically, his work appropriates samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian folk music, forró, and American rock and roll, among others.
He has been praised by avant-garde composers for his use of dissonance, polytonality, and unusual time signatures. Because of the experimental nature of many of his compositions, Zé has been compared with American musicians such as Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart.
If you want to check Tom Zé out in concert, he'll be playing in Belgium and in Holland in a couple of weeks: Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels, Utrecht, Valenciennes, ...
-- info: Zjakki Willems