Since its inception in 2011, Brail Summerfest has become the largest and most important Music & Arts event outside of Brazil, focusing on the richness and diversity of Brazil´s music culture. The festival aims to showcase the various styles of music including traditional styles but with a special focus on contemporary artists. The weeklong festival was founded and programmed by Petrir Pula, the GM of Nublu and Co-Curated by Béco Dranoff. Each year, the festival presents a series of events in NYC in July at high profile venues such as the MoMA and the Central Park Summerstage.
The Archive of Contemporary Music was founded in 1985 by current Director, B. George and David Wheeler (1957–1997) in Lower Manhattan. Since then it has been supported by a prestigious Board of Advisors, currently composed of David Bowie, Jellybean Benitez, Jonathan Demme, Michael Feinstein, Youssou N'Dour, Keith Richards, Nile Rodgers, Todd Rundgren, Fred Schneider, Martin Scorsese, Paul Simon and Mike Stoller. Past Board members include John Hammond (1910–1987), Ellie Greenwich (1940–2009), Jerry Leiber (1933-2011), Lou Reed (1942-2013) and Jerry Wexler (1917–2008).
Since 2012, Béco Dranoff has joined Empire as a Director for Brazil/Region and Latin America. His first major production project was the weeklong 'Be Brasil' Pop Up experience.
The feature documentary “BEYOND IPANEMA: Brazilian Waves In Global Music” is a mash-up of ideas about the cycle of discovery of Brazilian music around the world. Through exclusive interviews with David Byrne, Devendra Banhart, M.I.A., Os Mutantes, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Zé, Seu Jorge, Thievery Corporation, Bebel Gilberto, CSS, Creed Taylor and many others, BEYOND PANEMA surveys the Brazilian music experience from Carmen Miranda through today. Artists, producers, DJs and critics analyze how cultural sampling and globalization; have helped Brazil to secure a unique position in modern global culture. Written and co-produced by Béco Dranoff and director Guto Barra.
BEYOND IPANEMA: Brazilian Waves In Global Music was adapted to the television in a partnership with CANAL BRASIL. This series of 13 episodes includes exclusive unseen footage and interviews with all the artists involved on the project.
BEYOND IPANEMA + CANAL BRASIL Featured Episode: The influence of Brazilian Music in Japan