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Tom Ze

Tom Zé is an cult experimental musician from Irará (Bahia), Brazil, born in 1936. Being one of the members of the Tropicália Movement,Tom Zé has, throughout the years, proved himself as one of the most influential, unique and insane musicians to come out of Latin America,albeit being by two decades (70s and 80s) overshadowed by his "Tropicália: ou Panis et Circenses (1968)" colleagues, such as CaetanoVeloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Os Mutantes, and Nara Leão, therefore falling into obscurity - but without stopping his dadaisticexperimentations with music.

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Tom Zé is an cult experimental musician from Irará (Bahia), Brazil, born in 1936. Being one of the members of the Tropicália Movement,Tom Zé has, throughout the years, proved himself as one of the most influential, unique and insane musicians to come out of Latin America,albeit being by two decades (70s and 80s) overshadowed by his "Tropicália: ou Panis et Circenses (1968)" colleagues, such as CaetanoVeloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Os Mutantes, and Nara Leão, therefore falling into obscurity - but without stopping his dadaisticexperimentations with music.

In the early 1990s, he was rediscovered in the media, when American musician David Byrne slipped into Zé's most famous album, Estudandoo Samba (1975), on a visit to Rio de Janeiro. Quoting Byrne.

"When I listened to it back in New York, I was shocked. The record, Estudando o Samba, was more akin to some New York downtownexperimental work than the lilting melodies and sexy rhythms of the more well-known Brazilian artists, or of the popular samba recordings.Who was this guy? Where did this record come from, and how did it come about? [...] What was unique about Tom’s music is that, whileradical, it was also rooted in popular music. This wasn’t noise or intentionally difficult music. [...] I received some complaints from Braziliansasking why my North American label was releasing Tom Zé of all people, and why didn’t I pick some more beautiful and popular artistinstead of this half-forgotten weirdo? Well, after a while, a mainly younger generation of Brazilians came to know Tom’s music and hisincredibly innovative performances that sometimes incorporated grinders and floor polishers as instruments!" (Interview excerpt fromhttp://www.believermag.com/issues/201107/?read=interview_byrne_ze.

Then, Zé was the first artist signed to the Luaka Bop label and has so far released a compilation and two albums, all of which receivedpositive reviews from critics in the United States.

He has received much praise by avant-garde composers for his use of dissonance, polytonality, and unusual time signatures; but withoutleaving his MPB (Brazilian Folk Music) influences behind. The eclecticism of his discography is laudable, going from samba-bossa nova-MPB-oriented "Estudando o Samba" to the avantgarde-ish crazyness of "Santagustin" to his brilliant (and somewhat uneasy) mockery of pop musicin "Danç-Êh-Sá". « hide

Similar Bands: Talking Heads, Os Mutantes, Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits

LPs
Vira Lata na Via Láctea
2014

Tropicália Lixo Lógico
08/01/2012

Estudando a Bossa
2008

Danç-Êh-Sá
2006

Estudando o Pagode
2005

Imprensa Cantada
2003

Santagustin
2002

Jogos de Armar (Faça Você Mesmo)
2000

Com Defeito de Fabricação (Fabrication Defect)
1998

4
1 Votes
Parabelo
1997

The Hips of Tradition
1992

Nave Maria
1984

Correio da Estação do Brás
1978

Estudando o Samba
1976

4.1
7 Votes
Todos os Olhos
1973

3.8
3 Votes
Se o Caso é Chorar
1972

Tom Zé
1970

Grande Liquidação
1968

EPs
Postmodern Platos
1999

Live Albums
O Pirulito da Ciência
2010

Danç-êh-sá Ao Vivo
2008

No Jardim da Política
1985

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