Forró is Brazil’s second most popular dance music, after samba, and Tropicália icon and former minister of culture (2003-08) Gilberto Gil has been celebrating its funky rhythmic persuasions for the past couple of years with tours focusing on Fá ne Festa (Faith in the Party), a sprightly album focusing on the northeast region’s rhythmic persuasions. Gil’s six-piece group–featuring dazzling players Sergio Chiavazzoli (guitar) and Nicolas Krassik (violin)–reflects the electrification of forró’s original instrumentation: accordion, triangle, and zabumba drum. Gil may be eschewing his numerous hits this time around, with only a couple of forró-retooled exceptions such as “Express 2222,” but expect strident requests to emanate from Stern Auditorium’s peanut galleries nevertheless. What you really want to hear is Gil’s take on forró’s pioneering accordionist-composer, Luiz Gonzaga.
Thu., Nov. 8, 8 p.m., 2012