Brazilian phenomenon CÃ©u is returning to the US this Spring for the second time since her gorgeous sophomore album Vagarosa was released in July 2009 via Six Degrees Records. The cross-country tour kicks off with two shows in Seattle at the Triple Door on Monday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 13, and includes a performance at Coachella on Friday, April 16, in addition to covering Portland and San Francisco on the West Coast. CÃ©u and her five-piece band will also stop through St. Paul and Chicago, before closing the tour on the East Coast with a show at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on Sunday, April 25.
CÃ©uâ€™s live performances showcase a beautiful blend of samba, reggae, electronica, afrobeat and jazz. She is truly radiant on stage, and captivates her audiences with a laid-back yet mesmerizing disposition, not unlike the wonderfully light nature of her recordings, well-reflected in the title Vagarosa, which translates to â€˜slow, easygoing, and leisurely.â€ As said in the New York Times, â€œThe music on Vagarosa, full of spaced-apart dub grooves and small gestures with deep echoes, lays wide open, and CÃ©uâ€™s band did it justice onstageâ€¦Itâ€™s international pop, but with strong American affinitiesâ€¦â€
Vagarosa, produced by Beto Villares, in addition to producer/engineer Gustavo Lenza and soundtrack producer Gui Amabis, won CÃ©u acclaim on many 2009 year-end lists, from Brazil to the States to the UK (deemed â€œthe finest Brazilian album of the yearâ€ by The Guardian). The Grammy/Latin Grammy-nominated singer first captivated music fans across the globe with her self-titled debut album in 2007, for which CÃ©u came to be the first international artist featured in Starbucksâ€™ Hear Musicâ„¢ Debut series. Since then, she has toured the US four times, with the upcoming dates marking her fifth tour in three years.
Herbie Hancock recently traveled to SÃ£o Paulo to record a track with CÃ©u (backed by fellow Brazilian musicians Curumin, Lucas Martins and Rodrigo Campos) for The Imagine Project, the jazz iconâ€™s forthcoming international recording and film project, which features over a dozen musical luminaries from all over the globe, including Anoushka Shankar, Seal, Dave Matthews, Chaka Khan, The Chieftans, Jeff Beck and more.
CÃ©u was also handpicked for the Starbucksâ€™ Sweetheart 2010 compilation, which features her recording of Tim Maiaâ€™s â€œEu Amo VocÃª,â€ alongside artists including Jose Gonzalez, Spoon and The Avett Brothers. â€œBubuia,â€ one of the standout tracks on Vagarosa, has been placed on the Voto Latino iTunes compilation, as well as Decibel Magazineâ€™s Record Store Day 2010 CD Sampler.
CÃ©uâ€™s representation of Brazilian music on Herbie Hancockâ€™s The Imagine Project and her presence on the Coachella line-up further reinforce her status as Brazilâ€™s leading lady in 2010.
April 2010 US Tour Dates:
Mon 4/12/10 Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
Tue 4/13/10 Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
Wed 4/14/10 Portland, OR @ Alladin Theatre
Fri 4/16/10 Indio, CA @ Coachella
Sun 4/18/10 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Wed 4/21/10 St. Paul, MN @ Dakota Bar & Grill
Thu 4/22/10 St. Paul, MN @ Dakota Bar & Grill
Fri 4/23/10 Chicago, IL @ Green Dolphin
Sun 4/25/10 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom