With a mixture of anxiety and longing, singer Jorge Vercillo, 52, prepares for a performance at the Tom Brasil concert hall, in São Paulo, this Saturday (7). For him, the resumption of cultural and musical life with his son, Vinicius Vercillo, 19, is much more than a “father’s day show”.
“It represents manumission, a return to work. Not only for me, but for the music market”, says Vercillo about the show “Final Feliz”, where he has the company of musicians from his band such as Claudio Infante, André Neiva and Misael da Hora. “Art saves and helps to evolve .”
The artist says that Vinicius dreams of pursuing a musical career and reveals that he really likes the songs and compositions of his eldest son. “It’s not because he’s my son, no, but I identify a lot with his songs.” In addition to Vinicius, he is the father of Gabriel, 14, and Luiza, 9 months, from his marriage to Martha Suarez.
Vercillo recently opened an account on the social video network TikTok, something he sees as a tool to “communicate with the younger generation”.
He says that he usually posts information about his concerts and announces new songs, but he also finds space to publish themes he deems important. The subjects covered range from spirituality and philosophy to lives with scientists to debate astronomy. “It’s also a way to exercise citizenship.
In the pandemic, in addition to taking advantage of the opportunity to be with his children, Vercillo says he focused on composing new songs — he recently released the song “Raça Menina” — and structuring his music label, called Elo Music.
“I’m trying to make myself alive and present in this universe of digital platforms”, he says. “The music market needs to come back, it doesn’t justify the open bars and the people drinking and eating in crowded restaurants without masks, the crowded flights, the crowded public transport”, reflects Vercillo, who performed at the Vivo Rio space in June. He claims that his shows respect protocols against Covid-19, such as mandatory mask use and reduced capacity audiences.
As new projects, the artist cites an online show together with actor Renato Prieto, in which they mix performing arts and music, called “Mensageiros”. “He speaks texts on philosophy, spirituality and letters from disembodied spirits, and I go with music, singing and playing with him.”
The show will be presented on August 21st and 22nd, through the platform called Seara de José. Vercillo says that the registration has symbolic value and that part of the money will be destined to charities.
For the future, the artist says he awaits the “new normal”. “Let it not be the normal as it was before, let it be the new normal, with people wearing masks, being careful.” For him, the mask is here to stay. “The mask came as a new, necessary and good thing for personal hygiene.”