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 musicians alongside film screenings, art exhibitions, talks, and special events, all celebrating the diverse cultural offerings of Brazil.
In the second of two nights at National Sawdust, Brasil Summerfest presents Vitor Araújo, a composer and pianist from from Recife whose influences range from Heitor Villa-Lobos and Tom Jobim to György Ligeti, Steve Reich, and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Vitor Araújo is one of those artists capable of articulating the Brazilian and world-wide classical music avant-garde with the undisputable artistic conquests of experimental-pop music of his time. His diverse musical formation, the forms of urban, popular, and folk music, related to his hometown of Recife (one of the greatest focal points that congregates the indigenous, European and Afro-descent people in Brazil) and the rest of the country, pervaded the aesthetic formation of the artist. This is verified even in his first works, in his debut album Toc (2008) and A/B (2012). Now, in his third album, the traditional candomblé rhythms reveal the perfect harmony between his influences both classical and electronic. The sources bequeathed by Heitor Villa-Lobos and the instrumental slope of his spiritual disciple Tom Jobim; the timbre and acoustic experiments of Gyorgy Ligeti; the cyclic narrative possibilities opened by Steve Reich; the remodeling of sound manipulation tools by Karlheinz Stockhausen; are related not only to the vanguard of electronic music but even to the rhythmic and vocal expressions of Brazilian music.