The 3rd edition of the ever growing Brasil Summerfest NYC saw diverse Brazilian musical outfits performing in various venues around NY – from Central Park SummerStage to the Blue Note to the Brooklyn Public Library. “Already a New York Summer marker, this was a fun and intense week with Brazilian shows and movies all over town. I’m ready for the 2014 installment!” says Béco Dranoff, one of the musical programmers of the festival and loyal disseminator of Brazilian culture – check out a recent NPR interview with Dranoff, where he talks in-depth about the festival here.
The festival included performances by veteran luminaries such as Toninho Horta, soulful samba crooner Seu Jorge and pioneering hip-hop Brazilian group Planet Hemp, as younger musical acts attested to the new waves of music coming out of Brazil today; notably Gaby Amarantos, a recent runway-hit pop superstar from Pará (Norhtern Amazonian state) whose dynamic and colorful sounds mesh regional genres with electronic music, and the pop-centric chanteuse Tulipa Ruiz, whose fresh contemporary approach reinterprets and pays heed to bossa nova, lounge and pop.
Official festival photographer Eliseu Cavlacante documented the festival, and shared the photos with our blog.