Sydney – Tuesday 21 November. The Sydney Opera House today announced that Brazilian pop superstar Seu Jorge will bring his renowned bossafied Bowie covers to Australia for the first time in 2018.
More than a decade after he stole the show from Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and Willem Dafoe in Wes Anderson’s 2004 comedy triumph The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Jorge will reprise the unforgettable role of strumming sailor, Pelé dos Santos, turning Bowie Brazilian as he performs one of the greatest songbooks in rock 'n' roll history.
Famed for the smoky baritone that comes straight from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and now at the forefront of the Brazilian pop-samba renaissance, Jorge was last seen on Australian shores in a euphoric Sydney Festival performance in The Domain two years ago that seamlessly merged pop, samba, reggae and hip-hop.
Jorge recorded all 14 songs of the film’s soundtrack 12 years ago on The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions, including ‘Ziggy Stardust', ‘Changes’, 'Space Oddity' and 'Starman'. Only now, in honour of Bowie’s legacy, will Jorge don his beloved red beanie and Zissou uniform to perform these re-imaged soulful covers in Portuguese, accompanied by an acoustic guitar.
Embodying the spirit of Brazilian culture, Jorge regards the role of an artist as more than simply entertainer: “you need to send a sound for making people think.” On and off the big screen, Jorge’s presence is magnetic, his shows a powerful and uniting experience for fans, as together they pay homage to David Bowie.
Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Music, Ben Marshall, says: “A compelling, graceful performer, Seu Jorge’s energetic and seductive concerts have made him a Brazilian musical superstar, together with his hugely acclaimed acting roles as Knockout Ned in City of God and the inimitable Pelé dos Santos in The Life Aquatic. Don a red beanie and experience a riveting concert, a moving homage to David Bowie via Wes Anderson and one of South America’s greatest live acts on the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall stage."