Program: Milton Nascimento ENGLISH

One Final Music Session - Farewell Tour
Opener: Zé Ibarra

October 09, 2022  
Berklee Performance Center

In His Own Words
My name is Milton Nascimento, but I really like to be called Bituca.

I’ve been singing on the road since I was 13 years old. And I’m considered the most “mineiro” of all cariocas. I’m saying this because it was in Minas Gerais that I had the most important experience of my life. I came to know music.

I composed my first songs looking at the mountains of Minas. Many of them were written in collaboration with great friends. And after that I never stopped.

Music opened up my horizons. In six decades, music took me to the four corners of the world. And on this journey I met giants like Tom Jobim, Elis Regina, Agostinho dos Santos, Quincy Jones, and Eumir Deodato, who all helped me put my music out into the world.

The other thing that music gave me over the years is great friendships. I like to say that without these friendships, my life would never be what it is... And neither would my career.

Among the 42 albums I’ve released, nine of them were nominated for Grammys. And I won five times. I became a citizen of the world, while still remaining Brazilian.

I recorded my first international album in the United States. And I formed lifelong partnerships with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. With Wayne I released Native Dancer, a seminal album in world music. And I made many other partnerships around the world: Mercedes Sosa, Pat Metheny, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Björk, Duran Duran, Paul Simon, and many others.

In ’72 I got together with Lô Borges and other friends from Minas and formed Clube da Esquina (The Corner Club). After that, nothing was ever the same. This partnership bears fruit until today. We still tour Brazil and the world with Clube da Esquina.

This year I will turn 80 years old, and I’m dedicating this farewell tour to my friends and fans. I’m saying goodbye to the stage. But only to the stage. Goodbye to music—never.

What I most enjoy is to travel and play for crowds of people. And see their eyes shining. And as dreams never die, I’m waiting for you to sing my greatest hits together.

One Final Music Session is going to be a party full of life. I, as an artist, am coming to where you, my people, are. I invite you to complete this journey with me.

I’ll meet you at the last station.

—Milton “Bituca” Nascimento

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