In commemoration of David Bowie’s recent passing, Seu Jorge performs a special tribute to him while recreating the set to the film A Life Aquatic on stage alongside screens crafted as boat sails that will be displaying images from the film. Seu Jorge, one of Brazil’s most talented contemporary singers, rose to international fame in the Wes Anderson film A Life Aquatic. In his acclaimed role as Pelé dos Santos, a singing sailor, Seu Jorge performed several of David Bowie’s songs in the film. But in a twist, he did it in Portuguese, accompanying himself simply on acoustic guitar. Seu Jorge’s adaptations in Portuguese of David Bowie’s music underscore the breadth and depth of his compositions and have gone on to have a significant cultural impact.
“Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese, I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with.” — David Bowie
The Life Aquatic – A Tribute to David Bowie will feature a set and costumes designed by Creative Directors Mariana Jorge and Danny Perez, both members of the original The Life Aquatic creative team. Jorge will perform on a stage reminiscent of the film set, with boat sails functioning as screens displaying images throughout the set. Yet even with such a simple set up, the Los Angeles Times writes in a glowing review, Jorge brings what feels like “infinite detail and emotion to the songs.”
As a singer, Seu Jorge was part of the Brazilian band Farofa Carioca, writing most of the songs of their 1998 debut album Moro no Brasil. His first solo album was 2001’s Samba Esporte Fino, a pop album influenced by iconic Brazilian artists Jorge Ben Jor, Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento, and released outside Brazil under the name Carolina in 2003. He followed up with the critically acclaimed 2005 album Cru (Raw), which The Guardian called “a magnificent record,” and which prompted Pitchfork to praise Jorge’s voice as “at once buttery, soulful, and fierce.” He since has gone on to release five studio albums and collaborate with the likes of Beck, Talib Kweli and even the fashion designer Rachel Roy.
As an actor, Jorge came to fame with his breakout performance as Knockout Ned in Fernando Meirelles critically acclaimed feature film City of God (2002). After his performance as the guitar strumming deckhand Pelé dos Santos in The Life Aquatic (2004), and the praise he received for his Bowie covers, Jorge released The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions, which, AllMusic wrote, “retains the original framing of the Bowie classics, while injecting a sunny island sweetness into their very core.”