SPECIAL EDITION: BRASIL SUMMERFEST
Tuesday and Wednesday, July 23 & 24
Following record attendance numbers and critical praise for their second installment last summer, NYC’s premiere Brazilian music and arts festival BRASIL SUMMERFEST, returns July 20-27, 2013 to treat fans to a sampling of some of Brazil’s most dynamic music artists, demonstrating the richness and diversity of the country’s contemporary music scene. The weeklong festival will showcase a diverse array of styles from the traditional rhythms of samba, forro and bossanova to emerging contemporary scenes such as tecnobrega, Brazilian hip hop, indie, among others.For the 2013 Edition BRASIL SUMMERFEST will team up with Cinema Tropical’s popular Janeiro in New York / Music+Film Series to present three documentaries that show the varied styles and subjects of Brazilian music and its affect on the culture.
Tthe series is divided into two evenings that each represent completely different genres of Brazilian music: Brega (translated as cheesy) is the subject of the first evening’s two films. Vou Rifar Meu Coracão tells the story of this popular sentimental style of song through its composers, singers and loyal audience. The second film of the evening isWaldick, Sempre no Meu Coração, a documentary about Waldick Soriano, a laborer form the North East who becomes a star of this genre in the ‘60s.
The second evening’s film, Jorge Mautner / O Filho do Holocausto, portrays the opposite side of the coin of Brazilian music. Its subject is the intellectual artist/writer Jorge Mautner, whose worked is credited as shaping the Brazilian counter-culture in the 70’s and influencing the emergence of Tropicália.
Programmed by Béco Dranoff and Mary Jane Marcasiano.
FREE ADMISSION / All films in Portuguese with English subtitles
All screenings at:
Jazz Performance Space at New School University
55 West 13th Street, 5th Floor
Brasil Summerfest is a new music and arts festival launched in July 2011. The festival aims to showcase the richness and diversity of Brazil’s music scene with a special focus on contemporary artists. This includes traditional styles of samba, forro, bossanova, maracatu as well as new emerging ones such as novo-tropicalia, manguebeat, hip hop, indie and baile-funk. This weeklong festival was founded and curated by Petrit Pula, the GM of Nublu, the club and record label outpost in the East Village and co-curated by Erika Elliott, the Artistic Director at Central Park Summerstage and music producer Beco Dranoff. Each year, the festival presents a series of events in New York City in the month of July at high profile venues in including Central Park Summerstage, City Winery, Nublu, MoMA, Drom and S.O.B.s.