Wednesday 24 July 08:00pm

Brasil Summerfest:


with opener Ilya

7pm doors • 8pm show


Brasil Summerfest is the premier contemporary Brazilian music and arts festival in the United States. Now in its ninth year, the festival takes place at venues across New York City, showcasing a superb lineup of some of Brazil’s most dynamic performers alongside film screenings, art exhibitions, talks, and special events, all celebrating the diverse cultural offerings of Brazil.

In the first of two nights at National Sawdust, Brasil Summerfest presents singer-songwriter Sessa. A co-founder of São Paulo psych-funk group Garotas Suecas, Sessa recently debuted a collection of sensual solo songs, in which the vibrant textures and rhythms of Brazilian popular music are pared down to an understated lyricism reminiscent of Leonard Cohen and Devendra Banhart. Sessa and his guitar are accompanied by lithe background vocals and spare Afro-Brazilian percussion.