Live at the Jazz Cafe
Sunday 4th March
London NW1 7PG
Monday - Sunday:
7pm - 2am
Exclusive UK shows from Deodato, the legendary Grammy Award winner pianist and composer, internationally renowned for his theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey and his collaborations with Bjork.
Eumir Deodato has racked up 16 platinum records to his credit, with combined sales of well over 25 million records in the USA alone.
His discography, including compilations and all his work as arranger, producer and keyboardist, surpasses 450 albums.
He has also had the honor of performing with the St. Louis Symphony (which backed him on his superb Artistry album), the Cincinnati Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestra di Musica Leggera dell'Unione Musicisti di Roma.
In addition, several artists over the years have covered his songs, including George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Sarah Vaughan & The Emotions to mention just a few. And yet, in spite of all of his varied triumphs, honors and distinctions over the years, the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist will probably forever be associated with one song - his innovative rendition of Richard Strauss' classical opus Also Sprach Zarathustra (or more commonly known as the theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey).
That single compelling song, which first appeared on his 1973 debut album for CTI Prelude, sold at least five million copies and earned Deodato his first Grammy Award, instantly moving him to international stardom and setting a course for his remarkable ongoing career in music.
Thirty years later, that same tune has found its way into the repertoire of the jam band Phish, a testament to Deodato's enduring influence.
In the 90's, Deodato continued to be a vital force on the pop scene through his work with Icelandic singer Bjork. In addition to arranging her last three albums - 1995's Post, 1996's Telegram and 1997's Homogenic - Deodato produced a highly praised acoustic version of Bjork's Isobel, sub-titled Deodato Mix, which became a club scene favorite.
He has also produced material for French singer Clementine (also touring Japan with her as a special guest in 1994), arranged and produced a top 10 single for Brazilian singer Gal Costa (1996) and has performed as guest conductor with Bjork both in Brazil (1996), and in the USA at the Tibetan Freedom Concerts (1997).
Deodato has also worked on several movie scores, including The Onion Field, The Black Pearl, Ghostbusters II, White Nights, The Girl From Ipanema, The Adventurers (recorded with A.C. Jobim and the London Symphony Orchestra), The Gentle Rain, Target Risk, The Reporter, Beat Street, Body Rock and Bossa Nova. His recordings have also been widely used on major movies such as Being There and The Exorcist.
In 2002 he worked with Milton Nascimento in Rio de Janeiro, which generated a Latin Grammy for the song Tristesse as best Brazilian song of the year, then miscellaneous work with different artists, including Barbara Mendes, Ana Carolina, Fernanda Abreu and more recently, KD Lang for her new record released in the Spring of 2004.
In January 2004, Deodato was working on some String Orchestra arrangements for the 2004 KD Lang World Tour. There will be more concerts in the horizon as well as more arranging work including a possible new record.
Eumir Deodato - Piano
Stefano Paolino - Drums
Pier Luigi Mingotti - Bass