Friday, August 21, 2009

Article on Modern Drummer Brazil - June 2009

The Modern Drummer Magazine - Brazilian Edition interviewed me for their June 2009 edition. It was amazing to be featured along great other drummers/musicians, including one of the most important Brazilian musicians ever, the incredible Rubinho Barsotti, from the Zimbo Trio. Rubinho was and still is, a huge inspiration for myself, and pretty much everybody else!
Here is the cover, and following is my interview, if you can read portuguese and/or are curious to check it out.
A big thank you goes to all my friends at MD Brazil, most importantly Vlad Rocha, Christiano Rocha and Dudu Portes. Thanks for the support guys!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Zottarelli's new book

Hello friends!

In the last few years I have been in touch with a journalist from Milan, Italy. His name is Maurizio Zottarelli. We were both very happy and excited to meet each other online, because we do have the same name! (Except that I have a "c" on my first name.)
I just got his new book in the mail this week, and I am thrilled. I want to share the link with you all, so you can check it out. It's very curious to have the book in my hands and look at the author's name(!).... also, this will be my first read in Italian. So it will take me a little while....but it's great! I'm looking forward to reading it.

Maurizio is a journalist based in Milan, and a prolific writer. He writes for the Italian newspaper "Libero", theater, and in 2001 he was a finalist with the Marlboro Lights NIAF Prize in New York, a competition for new plays in English.
"L' Undicesimo dito" is his first narrative.
here's the link to the book on the web.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Newport Jazz Festival

Last saturday, August 8th, I played at the 55th edition of the Newport Jazz Festival with Hiromi. It was a total blast! Getting there was another story though.... Traffic was crazy, and it took us a lot more than we had planned..... but we made it there safe and sound, and on time for the show! While we were getting settled, we heard the amazing Branford Marsalis quartet perform. And I got a chance to meet two of my idols, Christian McBride and Brian Blade! Below are some photos of the show. Also, our set was broadcasted live by WBGO, and it can be heard at the NPR (National Public Radio) address below:

Friday, August 7, 2009

A few youtube videos!

Dear people!

thanks again for checking out my blog!!.... I wanted to share a couple of videos that are on-line, and feature some of the stuff I have been doing recently. My most recent work has been touring extensively with pianist Hiromi. Here are a couple of links to videos of the group, during this year's tours.


you can find more videos from Hiromi's SonicBloom at my myspace page -

Here's one with the Gustavo Assis Brasil trio, from his 2008 live DVD/CD recorded in Brazil:

and, last but not least, a video from a show with the great Fabiana Masili, a fellow brazilian that totally rocks. This was at the "old" Zinc Bar - NYC, on Houston st, just before they moved to their new location on west 3rd.

I am a drummer - percussionist - composer - artist based in New York City, NY. Please visit my website: