"I knew music was my language, that music would take me to know the world, would take me to other lands. Because I believed there was the music from the earth and the music from the heavens."
In the countryside of Bahia, as a kid, when he used to run after the first clarinet sounds of the band that crossed town to celebrate the religious festivity, a magical moment has occurred, when he realised that music was his language.
Although Gil has chosen to develop a solid work on the guitar throughout the years, his first steps into music were on the accordion, in his early years. Embryonic inspired by the local bands and radio music, especially by Brazilian Boys pioneer Luiz Gonzaga.
Baiao is a music genre from the northeast, developed from European classic styles of folk as "Chula" and "Xotis", and influenced by Asian, African and Indian music as well. It was modernly formatted and disseminated by the acclaimed composer, accordionist and singer Luiz Gonzaga, who was responsible to crown the genre on the music monarchy in Brasil. Consisting primarily of tambour, triangle and accordion, bai„o expresses northeastern living and miscegenation; it is the soundtrack for the catholic June festivities and of the popular balls, called forrÛ. The sensual forrÛ dance, the left-left-hop-right-right-hop steps, could be considered as a mixture of samba and Portuguese Xotis, originated from the German polka: "Schottische", as well as various European and Asian influences.
The path Gil has tracked to developed his unique way to express Brazilian living and culture is a long journey that surpasses Joao Gilberto and Bossa Nova, Tropicalia movement, Hendrix, Beatles, the exile in London, Reggae, Jamaica, samba; an infinity of reinventions of the self and Brazilian music.
Gil innovates forru bringing For All to summer festivals - accompanied by guitarist Sergio Chiavazzolli, drums player Jorge Gomes, bass player Arthur Maia, accordionist Toninho Ferragutti, violin player Nicholas Krassik and percussionist Gustavo Di Dalva, reinventing old classics, and presenting new songs as "Fé na festa ", and "Livre Atirador e A Pegadora", from the new album all dedicated to Baião. (emarcy. com)