Savassi Festival is a jazz and instrumental music festival created in 2003 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Born as a community festival, Savassi is the name of the region where the festival started, with an open air stage. Directed by "Café com Letras" a local cafe and cultural producer powerhouse, the festival outgrew its initial aims and not only expanded to include several venues throughout the city but also went to other cities in the country. Last year, in its first New York edition, it promoted 20 concerts and 5 workshops, in collaboration with America's Society, New York University Steinhardt and Columbia University. In the 2014 New York edition, the festival is completely focused on Brazilian Instrumental Music. Whether played by Brazilians or non-Brazilians its goal is to create a unique ground for the development of creative projects, bringing that work to the public and celebrating the uniqueness and power of our music.
After the presentation of numerous stars, the culmination of the Festival will be on 12 September with the legendary Egberto Gismonti
Savassi Festival and Music of the Americas presents legendary Brazilian jazz musician in a rare solo performance at Peter Norton Symphony Space. Gismonti, widely recognized as one of Brazil’s most influential musicians, has a five-decade career that spans from jazz to music for film and ballet. His work reflects the musical diversity of Brazil. London Jazz News writes: “He plays with intensity, holding the audience in rapt attention and hardly daring to breathe until the release and applause at the end of each piece. He can be whimsical, humorous, explosive; and of course virtuosic…the music simply flows, engrossing and entrancing.” Read and listen to an NPR feature on his 2009 album on “All Things Considered”.
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