Sergio Mendes, a popular Brazilian musician, will arrive in Israel this summer for two concerts, which will take place on June 23 at the Caesarea Amphitheater and June 24 at the Zappa Club in Tel Aviv. Mendes will be on an international tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his "Brasil 66" album release and concert ticket prices will start at NIS 249.
Mendes originally studied classical music, but later became more attracted to jazz and bossa nova. He performed with Antônio Carlos Jobim and other top Brazilian artists in the 1950s and later collaborated with some of the best jazz musicians in the world including Cannonball Adderley and Herbie Mann. In 1966, he releassed "Brasil 66", an iconic album that achieved platinum status, launching Mendez onto the international scene.
During his long career, Mendez released more than 50 albums and produced some of Brazil's most influential songs. He has won numerous awards and collaborated with many artists and bands including a successful collaboraton with the Black Eyed Peas in 2006, in which he record a new version of "Mas Que Nada" with the popular US group. Mendez has performed once previously in Israel in the 1980s.