Brazil might be in the news this summer for political turmoil, the Olympics, and how one seems to lead inevitably to the other, but for us at Afropop, the South American country is always looming large. Brazilian music is an utter embarrassment of riches—from folk music to pop, to a booming drum and bass scene.
And from Aug. 3-6., Brazil meets New York for the sixth annual Brasil Summerfest. Taking place mostly in Brooklyn and Manhattan, there’s a number of free outdoor shows and a couple in jazz clubs, with musical styles from psych rock to new classical.
It has been a great season of music so far and Brasil Summerfest is a fitting way to kick off the last full month of summer.
Fri., Aug. 5
9 p.m. Nublu
Kaplan’s latest foray is into the world of Brazilian-inflected chamber jazz with an album titled Uai Sô coming out in September. For a bebop jazz guitarist, it’s a surprising, intricately constructed album, very carefully composed. Considering the album is full of bassoon, it’s worth swinging by the East Village’s Nublu just to see how he’s set up.