Rafael Barata won the 1st edition of the Batuka! Masters – National Drummer´s
Contest, in the year 1996. In the year 2000 he also won the the Batuka! Masters
5th edition - a special contest for the winners of the previous editions. Rafael
participated, with the tune “Mirante” by Roberto Barata, in the 1st Batuka! CD,
released in 1998.
"To get the 1st prize in the 1st Batuka! was simply unforgettable. At that time
I was 15 and just felt the music choosing me. I kept playing, building my path
and above all, knowing that once my devotion had given me so many good
achievements, I couldn´t let it down. Then, I won the Batuka Masters. One more
gift and the recognition. I will always be dedicated and thankful to God for the
gift and to you for the opportunities in 1996 and 2000. Kisses."
Rafael Mendes Barata, Born in 1980, started to play the drums at 5 after taking
some piano lessons. During his childhood remained focused in the MPB, with
special emphasis in learning the Bossa Nova. This interest was inherited from
his family: His father Roberto Mendes is a musician and his brother Beto, a
Self-taught and studying by the recordings, recorded his own first CD at 14.
With the help of professor José Guedes Sobrinho (contemporary of the late great
Bituca), learned musical theory and then started studying Jazz.
Recorded with various artists amog them Rosa Passos, Zizi Possi, Edu Lobo, Leny
Andrade, Flávio Venturini, Leila Pinheiro, Ivan Lins, Angela Ro Ro, Paula
Morelenbaum, Maúcha e Muiza Adnet, Mônica Salmaso, Joyce, Alcione and Luís
Melodia. With great musicians like Dario Galante, Idriss Boudrioua, Osmar
Milito, Durval Ferreira, João Donato, Mario Adnet, Moacir Santos, Hélio Celso,
JT Meirelles, Spok Frevo, Hamilton de Hollanda, Maurício Einhorn, Jaques
Morelenbaum, Lula Galvão, Marcos Valle, Marcos Amorim, Daniel Garcia, Claudio
Roditi, Guilherme Dias Gomes, Turi Collura, Raul de Souza, Lisa Ono, Amanda
Brecker, Oscar Castro Neves and Eliane Elias.
Already performed with some great names like Zezé Motta, Emilio Santiago, Zé
Renato, Roberta Sá, Paula Santoro, Maúcha Adnet, Ney Matogrosso, the drummer/singer
Wilson das Neves and Leny Andrade.
Participated in various Jazz Festivals in Brazil with Hermeto Pascoal, Jovino
Santos Neto, Phillipe Baden Powell and “JT Meirelles and The Copa 5”, Jean
Pierre Zanella (Montreal), Ray Moore (New Orleans), Idriss Boudrioua (Paris),
Dario Galante (Italy), Jeff Gardner (USA), Nosso Trio (Nelson Faria – Ney
Conceição), Paulo Moura, among others.
Made history at the most popular jazz club in Rio de Janeiro, The Mistura Fina
by producing some inspired Jam Sessions with the pianist and owner of Rio´s
nightlife, Osmar Milito and the bassist Augusto Mattoso, with the attendance of
world renown musicians such as Russell Ferrante, Mike Shapiro, John Pizzarelli,
Jane Monheit, Karrin Allison, Kevin Lethau, Mike Stern just to list some.
Rafael still plays with Edu Lobo and the singer Angela Ro Ro. In the jazzy side
of his career, plays with Idriss Boudrioua at the septet Base & Brass. Since
2006, Rafael is an instructor at the CIVEBRA (International Summer Course of The
Escola de Música de Brasília).
Played in various renowned festivals around the world including Latin America,
Africa Asia and USA in projects such as: The Jeff Gardner Trio, Root System L.A.
Group (Robby Marshall, Matt Politano and Dominic Thiroux), Elin - NY, “Nosso
Trio”, Mika Mori – Elegant Samba Jazz Japan, and also with the “Cello Samba
Trio” (Jaques Morelenbaum, Lula Galvão and Rafael).
Nowadays tours the world with the Eliane Elias quartet featuring Marc Johnson
and Rubens de La Corte. Once living in New York city Rafael is already
developing great musical projects with the bassist Paul Nowinski, a trio with
the pianist Jon Davis and with the guitarist John Hart.