Presented in partnership with Brasil Summerfest!
Brazilian musical royalty comes to the Bandshell in the form of BEBEL GILBERTO, “a bewitching figure” (LA Times) who elegantly celebrates the bossa nova style her father, the legendary guitarist Joao Gilberto, helped popularize. Brazilian music runs deep in her veins; her mother is the singer Miúcha, her uncle is singer/composer Chico Buarque, and she has been performing since her youth in Rio de Janeiro.
VINICIUS CANTUARIÁ, “the doyen of Brazilian singer-songwriters,” (The Guardian UK) is a bossa nova icon in his own right whose storied career includes explorations into rock and a long love affair with New York’s downtown jazz world. Born in Manaus, Amazonas, he grew up in Rio de Janeiro. In the 1980s he released six albums as the leader of the rock band O TerÇo. He moved to New York in the mid-90s and went on to collaborate with an eclectic array of artists including Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, Brad Mehldau, and Arto Lindsay. His recent move back to Brazil left an empty space on the New York music landscape. Celebrate Brooklyn! welcomes him back with open arms.
The evening begins with a set of contemporary African folk from the exquisite Zimbabwean singer NETSAYI. Among the most captivating and original artists to emerge on the world music scene in a decade, she has gained a wide range of supporters in her few performances in the US to date— including the Original Music Workshop in Williamsburg and Bono, who has called her “anarchic and joyous, thoughtful and mischievous.”
The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals and is held every summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell. View seating arrangements here.
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