The multi-Grammy-nominated Bebel Gilberto's latest album, Tudo, which means "everything" in English, showcases Bebel's ethereal vocals and wistful, dreamy song writing in each of the CD's 12 tracks. Bebel splits her time between Rio de Janeiro and New York City; she's exquisitely synthesized musical influences from both cities in every track. Bebel's sultry tonality is constant throughout Tudo as are the warm and playful Brazilian rhythms that include wood bongos and shakers. The gorgeous melodies are shaped by touches of electronica, and Bebel's intimate vocals hint at a fantastical Rio de Janeiro.
Bebel had been tucking away musical gems over the past five years, from joyful melodies, to reflective, romantic lyrics, which appear on Tudo. In 2013 while working in Brazil on the Bebel Gilberto in Rio DVD, the rhythms began stirring inside her. Although she'd been ordered to rest in order to combat exhaustion, Bebel believed it was the right time to record; she knew the music would be strong. Despite the challenges 2013 brought, "I'm a good bon vivant," assured Bebel who always finds time for friends, attending to her rooftop garden overlooking Manhattan's skyline, or walking on the beach, "I know how to live." Tudo is perhaps Bebel's most intimate recording, captures the human vulnerabilities that bring both sorrows and joy.
Tudo was recorded in Brazil, New York City, and Los Angeles; produced and mixed by Mario Caldato Jr in early 2014. Bebel was able to gather her favorite musicians from all over the globe, liberally using the words "amazing," "beautiful," "heaven," "a luxury!" to describe their talents and contributions to Tudo. Bebel chose to work with the producer Mario Caldato Jr. because, as she put it, "I'm so eclectic, I needed one producer to translate it all."