incentive law) so, with this backing, we had the opportunity of making the
festival in the way we always dreamed. During the 3 years without the festival,
we worked hard towards the acquiring the necessary resources to use the benefits
of the law but; although we had lots of great
commendations, we were not able to
get real sponsors.
We came back to work and did the Batuka! Brasil 2009 in the way we always did.
The festival took place in July the 18th and 19th at the Auditório Ibirapuera, the São Paulo´s most important
cultural centers. The partnership with the
Auditório Ibirapuera as well as its structure, the technical crew and our
artist´s choice, were all fundamental to the make the Batuka! Brasil 2009.
The stage full of instruments, the sound and lights checked, and crew in
position. Vera Figueiredo, the festival´s creator steps-up in the stage and
makes the Batuka Brasil 2009´s opening by calling the first attraction.
Maestro Zoro has his own signature beat. An educator and a master of Funk and
R&B, he saluted the audience by playing classics of these styles in his
performances on July´s 18th and 19th. The repertoire ranged from James Brown´s
Cold Sweat, Stevie Wonder´s Superstition, Earth Wind & Fire´s In The Stone,
Toto´s Rosana, to even a Michael Jackson´s tribute by playing Shake Your Body
Down To The Ground.
The tunes performed were the remastered originals. Zoro´s grooves were not only
hi hats, snare and kick combinations but incorporated other drums as well as his
unique fills. It is so hard bring to the reader an understanding of Zoro´s fills
just by words.
He used no ear phones but two monitors and a subwoofer and his iPod because he
prefers a full bodied sound with a low frequency enhancement, a fundamental
issue to his performance.
Zoro is the GROOVE, the authority on the subject. He is the personification of
power and played with such a great amount of it causing a great deal of
excitation by his notes hitting our chests. We could hear the crowd screamming!
The missionary of the R&B commandments gives a smiling recommendation: To feel
the groove, just eat bananas every day and you will find it!
Zoro´s participation at the Batuka! Brasil 2009 was sponsored by DW, Evans, Vic
Firth, Audix, Sabian and the IBVF .
year 2003, Gabriel Martins, the wonder kid drummer from Cubatão, (SP), won by
unanimity the 1st Batukinha!, the National Drummers Contest’s under 13 category.
He was only 11.
His performance as guest artist in the Batuka! Brasil 2009, showed his
improvements and how he became a top drummer at only 16 years old. Even at the
sound check he was applauded by Clayton Cameron and Zoro. Gabriel is the living
proof that the National Drummers Contest reveals the talents and looks after
At the Batuka! Brasil 2009, Gabriel played “Fragmento”, by Junior Vargas, the
very with he conquered the Batuka! 2003. Using an ear phone, an iPod and two
monitors he also played tunes from Dave Weckl and Dennis Chambers, worldwide
acknowledged drummers and two of his main influences.
Gabriel is illuminated and has a natural gift. As Dom Famularo wrote; “I had
participated in drum events all over the world. The most unforgettable of all
was the Batuka! contest in Brazil. While watching Gabriel play, I heard Mother
Nature speaking by the drums. Gabriel played in a natural way, with all his
heart. All the drummers impressed me and to choose one was not an easy task but
Gabriel was special, he had something else.”
Gabriel´s life has the support of the IBVF, Charles Gavin, Lara Siaulys and his
He performed at the Batuka! Brasil 2009, by playing Ludwig, Sabian and Evans.
National Drummers Contest is an important side of the Batuka! Brasil. It
promotes a reunion of world drum icons, unquestionable talents, Brazilian
musicians and contestants at the same stage. The last ones also bring the
Brazilian musical diversity by their regional influences and help building
Brazilian Cultural History.
This year, after the fulfillment of the requirements four finalists were
selected: Darlan Marley from Natal (RN), Éder Medeiros from Tubarão (SC), Isaías
Alves from São Luis (MA) and Vinícius Lordellos, from Santa Catarina, but living
currently at Londrina (PR).
These four talented who became brothers in arms, challenged their music and were
evaluated by: the Americans Clayton Cameron, Joshua Dekaney and Zoro, and the
Brazilians Daniel Gohn and Dinho Gonçalves.
The contenders performed each one a tune by their own choice, a free solo and a
music chosen by the festival; this year the “Passo de Anjo” by Spok and João
Lira in a drum less recording of the Spok Frevo Orchestra which has the drummer
Adelson Lima on its original version. The evaluated items were technique, solo/improvisational
skills musicianship and creativity. All drummers used an ear phone, two monitors
and an iPod with the tunes.
The National Drummers Contest was supported by Ludwig, Sabian, Audix and Evans.
National Drummers Contest winner - by unanimity – was Isaías Alves, from the
Maranhão state. He began with his tune of choice, “Fogueira” Tambor de Crioula.
In his solo – by the way, a very creative one - he showed, in a very musical way,
how technique and speed can be used to support the music. By playing melodies,
with his well tuned agogôs, Isaias showed his very rooted approach when
performing the Tambor de Crioula and Bumba Meu Boi grooves. He also got a
standing ovation for his performance in the tune “Passo de Anjo” in such a
magical way. It was a mix of commotion and celebration.
The Prizes? More than prizes – not “only” a Ludwig full drumset, a Sabian cymbal
set, an Evans set of drumheads and an Audix microphone kit but the conquest of
the crowd´s recognition and of course a great dose of happiness.
the contest, the professor Daniel Oliveira went up to the stage and performed a
solo. He is that kind of drummer who brings to the stage, lots of information in
a clear and well organized way.
Eight notes, sixteenth notes, thirty second notes, rests, rudiments, expression
signs polyrhythm, displacements, syncopations, dynamics… All covered by his
performance, not only in the solo, but in the tunes as well.
Daniel Oliveira toyed with the technique, which he has so much, in a very
natural way and played two tunes. One of them, Pedra Sabão is a mandolin solo
from Hamilton de Holanda. But, by playing drums in a classic by the Argentinean
Astor Piazzolla “The New Tango”, Daniel brought the tango to the contemporary
world, once it has no drums as one of its instruments. This way he elevated the
art form of playing drums to a higher intellectual point.
Daniel used an earphone, two monitors and an iPod. His performance at the Batuka!
Brasil 2009 was sponsored by Evans, Sabian, Audix, Hudson Music and the IBVF.
the captain stepped up the stage playing a solo in his calfskin headed pandeiro.
Along with loops from a Boss Loop Station RC – 20xl, he brought a whole
Brazilian Escola de Samba to the stage!
This pedal allows him to record each instrument separately so, this way, Julio
presented to the audience, the Escola de Samba; a piece at the time started with
the surdo (low drum), followed by the caixa (snare drum), the repinique, the
agogô, the cuíca, the tantan, the nylon pandeiro, the repinique de anel, and the
frigideira (frying pan). To get a good feedback on the “band” Julio used
Júlio´s music pulses, moves, swings... And what a ginga (term used for
“Brazilian swing”)! After that, he invited his group, now with actual people, to
the stage. Rafael Castro,
Alan, Douglas Germano, Café and Marcelo made a groovy entrance with surdo de
primeira, surdo de corte, two snare drums, a tamborim and a repinique. On the
calls they traded solos and with a special mention to pandeiro´s by Master Café.
Júlio made an awesome display of musicianship while playing with the frigideira
as well as the exquisite melody with the 4 bells agogô. All of this followed by
a standing ovation and an illustrious presence in the audience, the master
Osvaldinho da Cuíca.
The Batuka! Brasil thanks Julio Cesar Grupo for the great performance, as well
as the Gope Latin Percussion, for the sponsorship in bringing these great
anybody have any doubt on the existence of an expressive spot for the brushes in
the music world? Clayton Cameron carved this place!
Can you close your eyes and imagine a sound of a wash machine, or the late great
Sammy Davis Jr. tap dancing, Gregory Hynes, Sandman Sims or even all of them
Clayton Cameron is a genius who do it all with only a snare drum and a pair of
brushes. Not only magical and well explored brushes, but magical hands, brains
and heart. The swing? Are you kidding me?
To obtain the various sounds, Clayton, besides the fact of carefully choosing
every pair of brushes, he uses from the tip of the wires to the ring at the back
end. The audience in disbelief used to ask: can it really be? Who could play
17th they had their first and only rehearsal and two native virtuoso jazz
players... Latino blooded! The
names? Chico Wilcox on the bass and Erik Escobar
on the piano; Done! They might had already met in some other sphere. This way
gave the stage in the 18th Batuka! a good shake… Batuka! Brasil!
Before the end with the trio Clayton went to the snare drums apart from the kit
and jammed with Júlio César playing the cuíca.
The Clayton Cameron´s performance at the Batuka! Brasil 2009 was sponsored by
Ludwig, Gibraltar, Regal Tip and the IBVF.
tabla is a beautiful sounding and very peculiar instrument and enhances the
curiosity as Edgar Silva´s who studies it along with the whole Indian music for
more than twenty years.
Edgar´s music cadence reflects his own way of communicating. With a low voice
and attentive look he brought the audience to the India, by his music and by
this instrument´s history on both the religious and popular aspects.
Edgar played with the help of a Tala Machine, which keeps the harmonic backing
so the tabla player can improvise. He also presented the Indian music´s rhythmic
Edgar´s performance in the Batuka! Brasil 2009, was sponsored by the IBVF.
guts, heart, sensitivity and full of passion for her art. Her music comes with
power and tradition. This is Vera, a Brazilian soul!
Travelled Brazil by playing her 3rd album tunes: “Mr. Banana”, Vera Cruz Island,
Devagar, Deep Inside and Reaching Another Day. While performing with the
virtuosos Chico Willcox (baixo), Beto Corrêa (keyboard and piano) and Fábio
Gouvêa (flute and guitar), we could visualize Brazilian rainforest´s scenes… The
natives were there!
Vera recreated both a maracatu group and a escola de samba. You may ask, what
originality it can have? This has a very simple answer: She knows what and where
to play in her own personal way. Check out the drum tunning and their intervals...
What a cymbal sound! Just incredible! She also amazes with the double pedal and
the repinique. The result? Vera and her quartet heated up that cold july 19th
night by playing Billie Jean as homage to the late Michael Jackson and of course,
received a standing ovation!
Vera´s performance at the Batuka! Brasil 2009 was sponsored by Sabian, Evans,
Audix, Vic Firth, Gope, Hudson Music and the IBVF.
professors Edinei Lima, Felipe Veiga and Daniel Gohn performed on the Sunday,
July the 19th. The group that has the percussion as something beyond the
accompaniment was formed in 2002. By its own compositions Tribores bring the
classical and popular music close together.
They started the show with synchronized snare drum solos that went to alfaias
with an accompaniment in tamborims in stands playing an authentic maracatú.
Scottish pipe band snare drums along with surdo, repinique and cymbals were also
used along with a great deal of interaction with the audience.
Not only by the great percussion diversity, but by its inspired performance
Tribores showed that good music with good choreography may result in a high end
The drummer, percussionist and Syracuse University´s professor Joshua Dekaney
played congas and tamborim with Tribores as a special guest. Among the artists
Joshua had already performed with are Aretha Franklin, Dave Valentin and Peter
The Tribores performance in the Batuka! Brasil 2009 was sponsored by Gobos do
Brasil and the IBVF.