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Wednesday, May 10, 2023  ·  8:00 PM CDT

Tim Bernardes

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

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A Latin Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and producer, Tim Bernardes has also collaborated with Fleet Foxes, Tom Zé, David Byrne, Gal Costa, Devendra Banhart, Shintaro Sakamoto, and more. Bernardes has emerged as one of Brazil's most profound musical talents of his generation, a contemporary artist with deep roots in Brazil's verdant musical heritage.

Bernardes remained mindful that the music –with its symbolism and multiple layers– transmitted in a way that remained beautiful, intimate, and emotionally evocative for his audience. In that way, he paid proper tribute to his own musical idols: “Brazilian music in the 70s had this quality, writing directly about feelings, love, reflections, beauty, music in a personal/ relatable way, anything that would be truly moving me at the time.”

Favoring simplicity and emotional directness, Bernardes found inspiration everywhere: in the collected letters of John Lennon, MPB in the 1970s, the simple act of looking at the phases of the moon from his backyard. Throughout the album, Bernardes strikes a balance between simple and direct verses and the longer, unmetered lines, pointing to the freeform, slowly unfurling wonder of “Ultima Vez” The sweet and direct “BB (Garupa de Moto Amarela)” originated as a Christmas gift to his girlfriend, before Bernardes realized that he was also fond of this “simple and sincere love song.”

And then there's the gorgeous arrangements Bernardes himself charted to accentuate his lovely song “Mistificar.” Drawn to both lo-fi intimacy and the opulent arrangements of classic Brazilian albums of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, “Misitficar” embodies the themes of the album and the newfound balance that Bernardes found in his own life, somewhere between the overly rational and the mystical. It's a love song perched between romanticism and skepticism. The title of Mil Coisas Invisíveis amplifies this idea of all the unseen forces that make our reality what it is, with Bernardes realizing that “illusion and fantasy and magic are ingredients for life.”