Brazilian drummer Lilian Carmona will present two events focusing on Brazilian grooves for drum set. Supported by a group and also using CDs, Carmona will show how to use Brazilian grooves in different setups, from big band to small groups. She will also talk about her experience of being a student at Berklee in the ’80 and how it has impacted her music career. Carmona will be accompanied by faculty members Fernando Brandão (flute), Gilson Shachnik (piano), Alberto Netto (percussion), and Fernando Huergo (bass), and student Eduardo Mercuri (guitar).
Lilian Carmona, hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, is known as the first female professional drummer in that country and has a brilliant and solid career, both nationally and internationally. She started playing drums at a very early age. At 11 years old she was playing with the Sibalanço Trio. She became a professional musician at 16 when she took part in pianist Adilson Godoy’s trio. At 17 she recorded the soundtrack for the Brazilian version of Sesame Street, with Amilson Godoy as conductor; she was also a member of his jazz septet.
Self-taught until she was 19, Carmona began studying music at Berklee College of Music in Boston and at Kenny Clarke and Dante Agostini’s school in Paris. She has played and recorded with countless outstanding artists, among whome are Michel Legrand, George Shearing, Billy Eckstine, Jorge Calandrelli, Paquito D’Rivera, César Camargo Mariano, Jon Hendricks, Carmen McRae, Steve Ross, Les Elgart, Cláudio Roditi, Luiz Eça, Baden Powell, Phil Wilson, Leny Andrade, Toquinho, Thiago de Mello, Raul de Souza, Diana King, Nana Caymmi, Gal Costa, Dominguinhos, Jane Duboc, Romero Lubambo, Major Holley, Nara Leão, Márcio Montarroyos, and the Platters, among others. She has been a special guest to several major orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic of London, conducted by Ettore Stratta, and the Banda Sinfônica Jovem de São Paulo, conducted by Mônica Giardini. In tours with Leny Andrade (Europe), Toquinho (Europe), George Shearing (USA), Sax Brasilis (Chile), Raul de Souza (USA), and Celia (Monaco), Carmona always stood out in the industry’s press, and her name came up in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, New York Post, Politiken, La Estrella, Washington Post, Nice Matin, and Modern Drummer Magazine.
Her performances with bands and orchestras also include several appearances in Brazilian TV shows like The Record Show, The Hebe Camargo Show, and The Ana Maria Braga Show, and the 150 Night Club at the Macksoud Plaza Hotel in São Paulo. Among several Brazilian productions of Broadway musicals, she played in Victor and Victoria, Beauty and the Beast, Sweet Charity, The Producers, and Hair Spray. Carmona is well regarded for her ongoing contributions to musical education, and her technical articles have been published in a number of magazines. She has taught at UNICAMP, ULM TOM JOBIM, and the Campos do Jordão Winter Festival. She currently gives drum and rhythm reading workshops, teaches at EMESP, and leads an instrumental music band. Her videos can be seen on YouTube.
On Thursday October 4, at 7pm in room W (basement) in the 1140 Boylston street building, Carmona will host a jam open to students. Any instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome.