DJ DOLORES & APARELHAGEM | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader


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Few musicians mix traditional song forms with contemporary sounds better than Helder Aragao, aka DJ Dolores. A native of Recife in Brazil's musically rich northeast, he has a deep understanding of the regional styles he incorporates on his most recent album, Aparelhagem (Crammed Discs, 2005). The spontaneous rhythms and cadences of embolada, an improvised form akin to rap, are surrounded by wiggy postsurf guitar, slinky trombone, and booming electronic beats on "De Dar Do," while the sentimental working-class pop form known as brega is wedded to houselike grooves on "Sanidade." Aragao is also a savvy talent scout, employing an impressive cast of musicians that includes guitarist Fernando Catatau (Cidadao Instigado), members of Nacao Zumbi, and the frevo brass band Orquesta Popular da Bomba do Hemeterio. For this show he'll be joined by two horn players from OPBH, guitarist Gabriel Oliveira, and singer Isaar Franca, a former member of Comadre Florzinha who recently released an excellent solo album, Azul Claro. Shirley Vieira and Edilson Lima will give Brazilian funk-style dance lessons an hour and a half before the show, part of the city's SummerDance series. Aragao also spins solo July 20 at Sonotheque. a 7:30 PM, Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan, 312-742-4007. F A --Peter Margasak


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