Friday, April 4, 2014

Carmen Souza - USA dates March 2014

I played 4 shows with the great Carmen Souza in USA, as part of their North America tour 2014. 
Had a great time with the band on the road: Theo Pascal on bass, Matt King on piano, and Carmen on guitar, keys and vocals. 
I played a hybrid set that is always a lot of fun to explore. No tons, just floor tom, snare and bongos,  a cajon as a seat, and a bell/woodblock. Always inspiring to play it, and it generates many new ideas for grooves and fills too. 
As always, thanks to Soultone Cymbals, Vic Firth,  GruvGear,  FSA cajons,  LP Percussion, Powerclick in-ear monitors and Lexicon Pro Audio. 

The Falcon, Marlboro NY - march 28th
Regattabar, Boston MA - march 29th
Joe's Pub, NYC - march 30th
Elmira College, Elmira, NY - march 31st. 

@ Joe's Pub - NYC - (c) Joe's Pub - by Akinfe Fatou
Is this fun or what??

Hybrid Drumkit/Percussion 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Fun Videos #2!

And, here are a few more recent videos, hope you all enjoy them!!

First of all, my first-ever video lesson on drumset! On it I am talking a bit about my concept and ideas for playing the Ijexá groove, a Afro-Brazilian rhythm which you may also have heard being called Afoxé. Some coordination is addressed, as well as ways to orchestrate around the kit and create original grooves and solos based on this rhythm. Check it out, share it, enjoy it! Many thanks to Soultone Cymbals for their support and their A-M-A-Z-I-N-G instruments!!!

This next one is a groove solo, based on the Ijexá / Afoxé groove. Check out the lesson above first for the basic idea, and then see the solo for some applications!

Lastly, this is from Sergio Galvão's show at the Blue Note NYC in early March 2014.... we are playing the classic Brazilian song "Vou Deitar e Rolar...".

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Fun videos

Here are a couple of fun videos from this past January....

with Leni Stern, Amanda Ruzza, Sérgio Galvão at Silvana's NYC - I got to play with these great musicians, and we had a lot of fun.
Here is a little bit from the show.... I'm playing the FSA Cajon Standard model, and Soultone Cymbals.

with Amanda Ruzza and Alex Nolan at the Soultone Cymbals booth - NAMM show 2014.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mauricio Zottarelli Quartet Live in NYC on January 29th 2014

I will be playing with my quartet at the super cool venue Cornelia Street Café, in the village in NYC.
If you are in the area, please come by to check out the music and support the group!
We will be playing original music from my "7 Lives" album, and cool arrangements of  a couple of cover tunes we like to play. Info below:

The band is-

Oriente Lopez - flute
Alex Brown - piano
Itaiguara Brandão - bass

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
1 set only
at: Cornelia Street Café - 29 Cornelia Street NYC
phone: (212) 989-9319
reservations recommended
for website click here

Thursday, January 16, 2014

NAMM 2014 Appearances & Sérgio Galvão group

Hello everybody!
Thanks again for visiting the blog. I want to keep you updated on my next live appearances:
At the NAMM show 2014 in Anaheim, CA, as well as dates with the Sérgio Galvão group in the US.
Hope to see some of you on these!  (for more info and more dates check out my website here)

JAN 20 - Amanda Ruzza & Sergio Galvão group - The Shrine - NYC - 8pm  - more info

JAN 22 - Leni Stern, featuring Amanda Ruzza and Sérgio Galvão - Silvana's NYC - 8pm

JAN 23 - Amanda Ruzza/Sérgio Galvão group at BASS BASH - NAMM show - JT Schimid's 2610 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 8pm - more info

JAN 24  - MZ, Amanda Ruzza, Alex Nolan NAMM Show - GruvGear booth 2pm

JAN 24 & 25 -  MZ, Amanda Ruzza, Alex Nolan NAMM Show - Soultone Cymbals booth 3pm

JAN 26 -  Sérgio Galvão group Duende - Oakland, CA 9pm - more info

FEB 11 -  Sérgio Galvão - CD Release Show Cornelia Street Café - NYC 8:30pm - more info

MAR 7 - Sérgio Galvão at the Blue Note NYC - 11:30pm - more info 

MAR 19 - Sérgio Galvão - at Silvana's - NYC 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Made it to "Best Jazz of 2013" list from the Jazz Station Blog!

I am extremely honored to be featured once again on the prestigious Jazz Station Blog's BEST JAZZ OF 2013, written by producer/journalist Arnaldo DeSouteiro.  It's my third time in a row!

This year I am listed as #5 best drummer of the year, alongside some of my all-time favorite musicians. The blog referenced my work on Amanda Ruzza's "This is What Happened" album, which I produced with her and played drums on. Amanda (bass), Mamiko Watanabe (keys) and Alex Nolan (guitar) also made it to Jazz Station's  top-10 based on their playing on this album.

Another recording that I am proud to have participated on, Sérgio Galvão's "Phantom Fish", also appeared on the list - Sérgio was #8 best sax soprano.
Congrats to these wonderful musicians above, and many thanks to everybody involved on both recordings. It's been a blast working with all of you! Thanks to so much Arnaldo and the Jazz Station blog! Happy 2014!

Check out the complete list of winners on this link:

here is a snapshot of the best of the year drummers list -

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Cool interview (in portuguese)

Dear friends! HAPPY 2014!! 
May this be a very healthy and blessed year for all of us!
To start this new year, here is a cool interview I did for the JC Magazine - from my hometown of Rio Claro, SP. Thanks to Vivian Guilherme and all my friends at Jornal Cidade for the constant support and friendship. 
It's in portuguese, guys, so I hope some of you can read and enjoy it. Cheers! 

I am a drummer - percussionist - composer - artist based in New York City, NY. Please visit my website: