I was born in March 02, 1976, São Paulo, Brasil (Brazil).

Older than 3 brothers.

At the age of 13, taking classes with Master Percio Sapia in CLAM, Zimbo Trio's Music School.

From the age of 15, i continued studying alone. At 16, in 1992, I joined the progressive rock trio "Turtles Sharks & Beavers" with Flavio Marchesin (vocals, keyboards, bass) and Eduardo Tibira (guitar, backing vocals). A very creative sound.

In 1997, i was part of the percussion session of the Scottish Link Pipe Band, an authentic Scottish bagpipe band here in Brazil, created by the bagpiper

Cristiano Bicudo

We participated in the Scottish bagpipe world festival In Glasgow, and took 36th place in the 4th division.

In other words: a true "success".

Between the end of 1999 and 2002, I joined the Brazilian psychedelic rock band FREAK, alongside guitarist Paulo Penov, vocalist/lyricist Eliseu Paranhos and bassist Cristiano Miano. In this period we composed the songs of what would become the beautiful and intense opera rock 'Freak', which became a CD only in 2015.

Between 2002 and 2004, i moved away from music. I lost my father, got married, had my first child, went to study drawing and tried to work in other areas. I was pretty lost.

I played drums from time to time at my mother's house, just to keep in mind. Disengaged from the music.

At most, I would, one day, teach my children to play, if they wanted to.

But in July 2004, through the pianist Ari Giorgi, I met Tito Martino and joined his group. Tito was my great Jazz teacher. He taught me things about Jazz that we don't learn with the 'mainstream' teachers or music schools.

Also, i had some others great music teachers:

My Mother with her amazing LP's, Percio Sapia, Ari Giorgi, Dimas Ricci, Wilson Gomes and Mr Aloísio Monteiro

Between December 2012, and October 2013, i produced and released the Cd 'Pioneiros do Jazz Paulistano' with great names of traditional jazz in Brazil, such as Tito Martino, Hector Costita, André Busic and Carlos Lima.

An album very well received by critics and public.

About my compositional albums, i highlight the following:

Metalodrum;  Música Efêmera  and  Le Voyage Jam Sessions.

Highlight too for the album 'Space Jazz', that led me to be mentioned among the 10 outstanding Brazilian musicians of the year 2015 by the site 

Melhores Da Música Brasileira. I was very happy, of course, but without false modesty, I don't think I deserved such an honor. 

In October 2020, I published the 'Vintage Drumming' a complete course, with video and drum method about the history and language of the drum style from the end of the 19th century until the 1930s. This special material is the result of years of research.

In the beginning of 2021, I wrote  'The Swing Jazz Pulse', a drum method focused on the pulsation and counting of the old swing jazz drumming.

I am also an illustrator of critical drawings about our existential conduct.

 

Thanks for reading,

Billy

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