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Fabricating Tom Zé


In the '60s, Brazil's TropicÁlia movement unleashed a flood of experimental music that melded jazz, traditional bossa nova, pop and American and British guitar rock. The sounds created by artists like Gilberto Gil and the fantastically crafty Os Mutantes was alternately lush and lulling, psychedelic and crazed. Out of all the TropicÁlismos, perhaps none were more outré than guitarist Tom Zé, whose tracks could jump from a rich, dreamy guitar line into a clanging doorbell or grinding metal saw in an instant. Zé slipped into obscurity in his native country in the '70s, until former Talking Head David Byrne happened upon one of his out-of-print albums and signed Zé to his nascent Luaka Bop label, putting out a best-of album and several new projects. The film Fabricating Tom Zé looks at the fascinating musical bohemian on a recent European tour. Zé's exuberant verbal ranting illustrates a complicated artistic philosophy as intriguing and idiosyncratic as his songs can be. He also reveals a talent for coining phrases that rivals our own Dr. John's. Tickets $7 general admission, $6 students/seniors, $5 Zeitgeist members/children 15-under. " Alison Fensterstock

7:30 p.m. Thu.-Fri., June 26-27

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858;


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