Center For Arts & Equity
April 25, 2022
Show at 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm
$18/25 in adv.
$25/30 at the door
130 Pine Street, Florence, MA


Retro-Brazilian Acoustic Folk Tropicalia

It’s been two years and a pandemic since we last had the pleasure of presenting Sessa, the Sao Paolo-based singer/songwriter who pretty much instantly transports us to the recordings of 60s and 70s Brazil.

Sessa’s songs are sung in Portuguese, with visceral, sensual lyrics in the vein of Caetano Veloso, and the melodic flourishes of Jobim. However, the music gets a deliberate minimalist treatment rarely found in contemporary Brazilian music, more reminiscent of the bareness of Leonard Cohen, with touches of tropicalia and free jazz.

Sessa takes to the stage accompanied solely by a female backing choir and Afro-Brazilian percussion. While the songs often deal with subjects such as the sensual body and spiritual transcendence, the music points to new, more subtle directions for Brazilian pop music – a deep, minimalist, almost insinuated use of the endlessly rich textures and rhythms that define the songwriting history of Brazil, which Sessa joins as one of its most promising new voices.

“As in all great recipes, many elements are in place to give life to his own unique sound… It’s all very bright, very sensual, very groovy but also very calm, and yes, very Brazilian.”
Christina Almeida, The Line of Best Fit
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