Paganini won the 7th Batuka! Masters – National Drummer´s Contest, in 2002. He also participated, with the Gilberto de Queiroz and Murilo A. de Araújo Barbosa´s tune “Fusão do Brasil” in the 2nd Batuka! CD, released in 2004.
"It was very important to me that I had played at Batuka !, because of the experience of performing to an audience formed not only by drummers, but also by renowned and experienced musicians. Also, because I took part in an event that certainly is the showcase, I've gotten contacts in music business, and not only in Brazil, but other countries. And I had the honor of improving my education in the Drummer Collective School (US). These contacts were always rewarding. They have offered me many professional opportunities."
Played with Carlos Walker, a bossa nova musician introduced by the late great
Elis Regina and with partnerships with João Gilberto, Egberto Gismonti, among
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