September 6, 2016
Tickets & Information: (212) 279-4200
Aleba Gartner, 212/206-1450
“Atmosphere is everything to this music, and it’s an atmosphere that creates a cozy realm
between the retro and the fashionable, and between Brazil and international clubland.”
– The New York Times


opens its 2016-17 Masters of Brazilian Music series with

Bebel Gilberto

Unique chance to see the torchbearer of Brazil's Bossa Nova tradition
(daughter of João Gilberto) in an intimate setting


Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 10:00 p.m.*
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 10:00 p.m.


*Pre-show talk with folklorist Naomi Sturm of Staten Island Arts
takes place on October 4 at 9:00 p.m.

National Sawdust

80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn

Tickets: $45 standing room / $65 VIP (seated balcony)

Co-presented with National Sawdust

From WMI Artistic Director Par Neiburger:

“This show will be a rare opportunity to see one of Brazil's most stunning contemporary voices in the very intimate setting of National Sawdust. This is also the first of many concerts that World Music Institute will be co-presenting with National Sawdust, one of New York's most exiting new performance venues. As we begin our Desert Blues concert series with a true family legacy show with Vieux Farka Touré (the son of Ali Farka Touré) on October 1, we also begin our Masters of Brazilian Music series with a family legacy show. Bebel is daughter of João Gilberto, one of the artists to first develop the genre of Bossa Nova in Brazil, as well as the daughter of the legendary singer Muicha, and niece to Chico Buarque. When her first album Tanto Tempo was released at the turn of the millennium, produced by the late legend Suba, it became an instant classic and immediately set Bebel apart as the next generation star in Bossa Nova music. Since then her work has cemented her legacy as one of Brazil's most important voices. â€
Masters of Brazilian Music
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 10:00 p.m.

Bebel Gilberto

National Sawdust

As one of Brazil’s top-selling artists and with multiple Grammy nominations, world-renowned singer-songwriter Bebel Gilberto has captivated fans and earned critical acclaim worldwide as the torchbearer of Brazil’s Bossa Nova tradition. She is the daughter of Brazilian music icon João Gilberto, one of the artists to first establish the genre of Bossa Nova in the country. Her mother is acclaimed vocalist Miúcha, and her uncle the legendary Chico Buarque. Coming from this rich family tradition of Brazilian masters, Bebel’s influences are vast and eclectic. Her penchant for sonically transporting listeners to Brazil, with bright, incandescent Bossa Nova-infused melodies, lyrics about love, and her lilting performance style have earned her rave reviews of her live performances and a strong following among music enthusiasts.

These intimate performances at National Sawdust will hold only 240 audience members per night, for a three-night engagement. This is a rare opportunity to experience Bebel Gilberto up close and personal. 

A pre-show talk with folklorist Naomi Sturm of Staten Island Arts takes place on October 4 at 9:00 p.m.



WMI’s collection of Masters Series brings legendary artists from across the globe to NYC. This year features Masters of African MusicMasters of Brazilian Music and Masters of Indian Music.

Masters of African Music
September 9, 2016, Met Museum

Ethiopia's legendary creator of Ethio-Jazz, whose music was featured
in the Jim Jarmusch film “Broken Flowers”
Masters of Indian Music 
September 11, 2016, Storm King Arts Center

The sitar virtuoso plays in the Gayaki Ang, one of the most
difficult styles of the sitar that emulates the human voice

Masters of Brazilian Music
October 4-6, 2016, National Sawdust

Unique chance to see the torchbearer of Brazil's Bossa Nova tradition—
the daughter of João Gilberto—in such an intimate setting

Masters of Brazilian Music
November 11, 2016, The Town Hall
November 12, 2016, The Town Hall (new date added)

Brazil's gifted singer Seu Jorge, who rose to world fame in Wes Anderson's film “The Life Aquatic“ where he played the role of a singing sailor with a penchant
for singing David Bowie songs in Portuguese, honors the late Bowie with
this tribute that even recreates the set of “The Life Aquatic”

Additional concerts in WMI's collection of Masters Series
will be announced in January 2017.


“A decidedly edgier, more forward-looking new direction."
Founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit, World Music Institute (WMI) has served as the leading presenter of world music and dance within the United States.

WMI is committed to presenting the finest in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world with the goal of inspiring wonder for world cultures through music and dance. WMI aims to enrich the lives of people living in New York by promoting awareness of other cultures and their traditions. WMI collaborates with community organizations and academic institutions in fostering greater understanding and appreciation of the world’s cultural traditions and presents at venues throughout the city.

Under new leadership since 2015, its 30th anniversary season, World Music Institute has introduced an ambitious expansion of concert offerings that include contemporary, experimental and avant-garde presentations, as well as the traditional music that WMI has long been known and admired for. In addition, the institution is thrilled to have launched new partnerships with BAM, 92nd Street Y, SummerStage, Merkin Concert Hall, National Sawdust, Storm King Art Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Littlefield and Drom—while continuing partnerships with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Town Hall, Symphony Space, French Institute Alliance Française, and Apollo Theater (the annual Africa Now festival).

WMI has presented more than 1,500 concerts and events featuring artists from more than 100 countries across all continents. Through powerful programming, WMI is creating a movement that promotes awareness and engagement of other cultures, helping to encourage deeper understanding of communities around the globe. 
“A widely copied and influential force in New York cultural circles.”
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