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Bebel Gilberto

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Bebel Gilberto (born Isabel Gilberto on May 12, 1966 in New York City) is a Brazilian popular singer often associated with bossa nova. She is the daughter of João Gilberto and singer Miúcha. Her uncle is singer/composer Chico Buarque. Bebel has been performing since her youth in Rio de Janeiro.

At the age of seven, Bebel made an appearance on her Mother's first solo album 'Miucha'. At age nine, Bebel performed with her mother and legendary Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz at a Jazz festival in New York's Carnegie Hall . Back in Brazil Bebel performed and recorded in the soundtrack of the children's musical 'Os Saltimbancos' written by Sergio Bardotti and Chico Buarque which created a major impact. Later on Bebel joined an experimental theatrical group and was a member of the founding team of the performance space 'Circo Voador' (Flying Circus) at Ipanema Beach. In this group she met singer/songwriter Cazuza, who became a close friend and soon a major rock star in Brazil during the '80s.

At this time Bebel started to write songs with collaborators such as Dé and Cazuza, co-writing 'Preciso Dizer Que Te Amo', which became a national hit winning several music awards. Bebel's first solo album was the 1986 EP Bebel Gilberto for Warner Music. In 1991 Bebel moved to New York where she performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in a special tribute to Brazilian star Carmen Miranda directed by Arto Lindsay also featuring Naná Vasconcelos and Laurie Anderson. Bebel soon started performing in NY with her own band in such downtown clubs such as The Metronome, Lion's Den, Zanzibar and venues such as The Ballroom, The Rainbow Room, SOB's, Town Hall Theater, The Greatest Bar On Earth (at the top of the World Trade Center) and Lincoln Center.

In 2000, Bebel's 'Tanto Tempo' album was released on the Ziriguiboom imprint Crammed Discs and has sold over one million copies worldwide. The album was also nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards. Her second album, 'Bebel Gilberto' (2004), was also released to great critical acclaim, receiving a MOBO Award in the UK and also a World Music Grammy nomination.

Two critically acclaimed remix albums with songs from both albums were released and many of her songs were included in compilations and feature and TV films. The song "Lonely" was featured in the FX television show Nip/Tuck. The songs "Samba de Benção", "Tanto Tempo", and "Mais Feliz" are used in the art exhibition scene in the 2004 movie Closer. Bebel also tours the world extensively bringing her music to audiences all over the world

In 2006, Bebel dueted with Mike Patton on the song "Caipirinha" which appears on his Peeping Tom album, released on May 30, 2006.

Also in 2006, Bebel started writing and producing the songs that would become part of her third album Momento, released in April of 2007. On this album, Bebel collaborated with UK producer Guy Sigsworth, her friends Didi Gutman and Sabina Sciubba (from NY based band Brazilian Girls) and the Rio based Orquestra Imperial.

Shortly before her 2007 tour, and ten days before the release of her album "Momento", she broke her foot, preventing from walking and making it difficult to rehearse with the band prior to the tour. In a Reuters article, Gilberto said that she used Skype to rehearse with the band during her recovery.


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