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Marisa Monte brings the sweet sounds of Brazil to NYC

Marisa Monte

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It’s been seven years since the last time Brazilian superstar Marisa Monte made it to America for performances.

But the U.S. shouldn’t take it personally; during that time, she has produced a documentary, put out a live album and DVD, recorded an album of new material and sang at the Summer Olympics closing ceremonies.

And, she still somehow found time to have a second child.
“The cycles [between albums] for me were always very big, because I’m a stage artist and it takes time between one tour and the album,” she says. “This time just took a little longer.”

Monte returns to the States, touring behind “O Que Voce Quer Saber De Verdade,” with shows in Miami, and tonight and Friday at the Beacon Theatre.

amNewYork caught up with Monte by phone from Brazil to talk about her inspirations, her co-conspirators and the joys of silence.

What is it that infuses your work? And has that changed since becoming a parent for the second time?
Common feelings. Things that are very simple that we all live with and feel. The moment of being a human being and how we are all affected. … Kids create roots. You now have a place to go back to, a place where you belong and most want to be.

What are some of those “common feelings” you find today?
There’s too much information, too much knowledge. We need silence, and it’s very hard to find it and to listen to our inner voices. It’s something that everyone feels in one way and it affects everything in our lives, our relationships. It’s common in New York, in London, in Paris, everywhere.

You’ve got a tremendous back catalog of songs with collaborators like David Byrne, Devendra Banhart and Seu Jorge. Who else is out there that you’d love to work with?
I kind of avoid thinking about that, because life has given me so much. Thirty years ago, I would never have imagined I’d have this \[many\]. I like to let life surprise me. I’m always open to work with other people. I think it’s very Brazilian — to be open to the “other.”

If you go: Marisa Monte is at the Beacon Theatre tonight and Friday at 8 p.m., 2124 Broadway, 212-465-6500, $49.50-$95.


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