Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 2 Mon, Jul 15 7:30 PM



Monday, July 15th at 7:30 PM
Guest Speaker: Zé Luis, Brazilian film composer, saxophonist, flutist, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalis

$16 Public | $10 Members

Los Angeles, February 1974. Tom Jobim, the incarnation of Bossa Nova, and Elis Regina, then Brazil’s most popular singer, met to record what would become one of the most iconic albums in the history of Brazilian music. Through rare and never before seen images, “Elis & Tom – It had to be you” is the musical documentary that tells the story of how the encounter and recording of these two giant Artists happened. Elis brought her band, who joined Tom Jobim and the best musicians in LA, arranged by Bill Hitchcock at MGM studios. “Elis and Tom” reveals the conflicts and joys of a unique moment, in a journey through time, revealing the intimacy of the creative process and the extraordinary personalities of these amazing artists.

The recording was captured by a team of filmmakers led by director Roberto de Oliveira, who arranged for the duo to meet. The original footage was kept for 45 years until they were restored and remastered in 2018. These rare and unpublished images drive this musical documentary. Dramas and tensions surrounded the recording of the album, to the point that the project was almost interrupted. In the end, the power of the music took over and led Elis Regina, Tom Jobim and a group of talented young musicians to record a masterpiece. (2023, 100 mins)

Zé Luis Oliveira became famous in the 1980s performing and recording with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tania Maria and Cazuza. In 2015, his Atelier Music Studio, operational for 19 years, was selected for the Best of Brooklyn Award in the Music Production category. That same year he was invited to perform for "The Music Of David Byrne & Talking Heads" at Carnegie Hall with Bebel Gilberto. In recent years Zé Luis has been continually active, participating in many film projects, The Watcher: Behind the Scenes of Manhattan Night (2016), Piercing and Pieces of New York (2018), Crimes Against the Future and Mama Don’t Make Me (2019) to name a few. https://www.zeluis.com/