Some 40 years after tropicalismo emerged in Brazil with its avant-garde melting pot philosophy that the rest of the world only started catching up to decades later, Brazil is still turning out cutting edge music with 21st century variations. Among the latest artists to hit these shores is Curumin, a.k.a. Luciano Nakata Albuquerque, a São Paulo singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist of Spanish and Japanese heritage. His latest album, JapanPopShow (Quannum), is a head-spinning amalgamation of MPB (música popular Brasileira), Brazilian roots, samba-reggae, dub, hip hop, electronica, funk, rock, and pop. Curumin comes across as a inspired experimentalist with an innate pop sense who manages to project a unified vision even while ricocheting among hard-funk workouts ("Caixa Preta"), tuneful rock anthems ("Magrela Fever"), breezy ballads full of soul ("Misterio Stereo"), off-kilter noir-samba-reggae grease-fests like the title track, and collage-like, politically charged mashes of dub, rap, funk, and electronica like on "Kyoto.
Tue., Jan. 27, 7 p.m., 2009