Presented by the Percussion Department and Roland Corporation, drummer/percussionist Tito Oliveira is a rising star in the Brazilian music scene. He will lead an interactive master class in the modern application of Afro-Brazilian rhythms for percussion and the drum set.
Oliveira is a percussionist and drummer from the state of Bahia, the rhythmic heart of Brazil. Music has been a part of his life since childhood when his father, a saxophonist, founded the Oliveira Band in his hometown of Salvador. He is an in-demand drummer who has toured and recorded extensively with Gilberto Gil, Carlinhos Brown, Daniela Mercury, Elba Ramalho, and João Donato, among many others. He recently released his first solo album as a band leader, Magio, to critical acclaim. A sophisticated mixture of jazz and Afro-Brazilian rhythms, its fresh approach to duplicity of rhythm and group improvisation is cutting edge. Although he has taught throughout Europe and South America, this is Oliveira's first master class in the U.S.
Special guests will be Marcus Santos and Boston’s own Samba Percussion Group, Bloco AfroBrazil. Santos, a Berklee alumnus, is also from Salvador. His Grooversity World Drumming Network is a community outreach program celebrating Afro-Brazilian rhythms. As an educator, he has led samba groups across the U.S. as well as in Italy and Canada.
Composers, singers, instrumentalists, arrangers, and producers are all invited to learn about the wonderfully complex, useful, and electrifying rhythms from Bahia.