Forrobodó - Celebrating Luiz Gonzaga in New York



Forrobodó NY Festival will be an envent held in New York City to celebrate the music and cultural legacy of Luiz Gonzaga, King of Baião. It will be a 3-day event in December, birth month of Luiz Gonzaga, featuring music and dance performances, classes, workshops, and forró parties.


The festival will promote Luiz Gonzaga’s works and cultural contributions to Forró, thereby building bridges for cultural exchange and fostering Brazilian culture in America.


Conceptualized by the Latin Grammy nominated composer Rafael Piccolotto de Lima, this event will bring together many musicians dedicated to the promotion of Brazilian music in NYC, such as Liz Rosa, Nanny Assis and Beto Camará. Our activities will welcome several artists from the US, Europe and Brazil.


The festival will also feature accordionist and singer Chambinho as a special guest. Apart from being a critically acclaimed musician in Brazil, he appeared in the role of Luiz Gonzaga in the biographic movie De Pai para Filho (“From Father to Son”). He will impersonate the character and perform as a soloist with RPL Chamber Project (a 13-piece orchestra), which will play original arrangements of Luiz Gonzaga’s works written especially for this event.


Critically acclaimed and award winning artists will present collaborative works based on the oeuvre of the King of Baião, shedding light on Forró history, legacy and rhythms of Brazil.



Rafael Piccolotto de Lima is passionate about arts, a doctor of musical arts and a Latin Grammy nominee as a composer. For him all forms of expressions are somehow related. Based on that premise, his interest and work has a wide spectrum: from a tail tux at a concert hall, to the sandals at a worn-out dance floor. Born in Campinas, São Paulo - Brazil, now he lives at the Hudson waterfront, looking at the south of Manhattan.








Beto Camará was raised around samba, capoeira and traditional forró tradicional. Influenced by his family he fell in love with the styles, became a singer and percussionist, carrying his pandeiro, zabumba and triangle everywhere he goes. Now he lives in the US and continues playing Forró and Samba.


Revised by Silvia Sampaio de Alencar.



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