AUDIO PORTRAIT featuring gilberto gil
STORIES FROM EXILE
STORIES FROM EXILE is a report from Gilberto Gil from the time he was in London, from 1968 to 1971… Exiled from Brazil by the military dictatorship, Gil was evicted by force to Portobello Road, the scene of a unique cultural effervescence that influenced the entire production generated in those days. The biggest hits at the time and the versions of events… the history behind history… What was the London from the ‘70s like?
The series AUDIOPORTRAIT delivers the word so the artist can develop a theme that has never been talked about. It is a show about the person, not the persona, giving the spectator an opportunity to join intimately the real person. It’s like a casual conversation where the spectator is in the second row, behind the silhouette of another participant.
It is a show that stemmed from the documentary WHITE BLACK and BLUES with BB KING, filmed in a differential format… it wasn’t just the music… it was a testimony about an issue that has impacted his career and, more than anything, a life’s story. In BB KING’s case, as a blues musician, touring across America for over sixty years, he narrated the changes in African-American civil rights during the second half of the 20th century, where music had an instrumental role. As an eyewitness to everything that was going on, he has credit as a consistent narrator, mixing narrative with musical performances. It’s not the career… it’s a point of view… an AUDIO PORTRAIT. Music is only the frame where history, in form of a testimony, truly shines… great developments narrated by someone who lived them.