Brazil’s Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda to Showcase at globalFEST 2011

Orquestra Contemporanea de Olinda - Photo by Beto Figueiroa
Brazilian sensation Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda will be performing at globalFEST 2011 at New York City’s Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St.) on January 9.

This avant-garde big band wryly named Orquestra may sound grandiose, but is really more about a multi-generational good time. It brings together veteran members of the mangue beat scene in Pernambuco and an older generation of master players who have spent decades polishing the frevo carnival music of Brazil’s Northeast.

Together, they transform some of the region’s signature African rhythms and Latin melodies into a full-on funk and rock-inflected party, abounding with both experimental and roots-heavy moments.

Buy the band’s debut album:

Festival line-Up

  • Chamber Music: Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal (U.S. debut)
  • Creole Choir of Cuba
  • Diblo Dibala
  • Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole (NYC solo debut)
  • La-33
  • Novalima
  • Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda
  • Pedrito Martinez Group
  • RAM
  • Red Baraat
  • Rhythm of Rajasthan
  • Yoro Ndiaye (U.S. debut)

The one-night festival includes three U.S. debuts and one New York debut. Tickets are $35 if purchased by November 30, $40 thereafter, including at the door. ($35 for members of World Music Institute) ( or by phone through World Music Institute box office: 212-545-7536).

globalFEST 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011 at Webster Hall
125 E 11th St., New York, NY
between 3rd and 4th avenues


Author: World Music Central News Department

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