I was born on March 2, 1976, Sao Paulo,

Brazil.

I started playing drums at 13 years old, taking classes with master Percio Sapia at CLAM.

 

From 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).

They were their own compositions, influenced by bands such as Rush, Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, Primus, among others.

A very creative and bold sound.

 

In 1997, I was part of the percussion session of Scottish Link Pipe Band, an authentic Scottish bagpipe band created by piper Cristiano Bicudo. In this band we participated in the Scottish Bagpipe World Festival (believe me!) In Glasgow and took 36th place in the 4th division. That is, we were a true "success" (lol).

 

In 1999, "Turtles" ended, and at the end of the same year, I formed with Eliseu Paranhos (vocals, lyrics), Paulo Penov (guitar) and Cristiano Miano (bass) the group Freak, who had a rock'n 'proposal. psychedelic roll, with lyrics in Portuguese, inspired by bands like Secos & Molhados and Jane's Addiction. The band lasted only 2 years, and there were great compositions that led us to get together briefly in 2015 to record a CD, the rock opera, 'FREAK'. A very creative conceptual work, but without the same vigor as before.

 

Between 2002 and 2004, I moved a little away from the music. I lost my father, got married, had my first child, went to study drawing techniques and tried to work in other areas. It was pretty lost. I played drums every now and then at my mother's house, just so as not to forget. It had been discouraged from the music. At most, one day teach my children to play if they wanted to.

 

But in July 2004, through pianist Ari Giorgi, I met Tito Martino and joined his group ever since.

Tito was my great jazz teacher. It was a huge privilege to have him

as a tutor. He taught me things about jazz (such as philosophy, UFOs, etc.) that you don't learn there.

We had great moments on stage, such as the Cantanhêde Jazz Festival in Portugal, the show we played alongside the famous American guitarist John Pizzarelli in 2011, among many others.

 

By the way, I had 6 great teachers in music:

My Mother, Tito Martino, Ari Giorgi, Percio Sapia, Wilson Gomes and Aloísio Monteiro.

The latter, Seu Aloísio, in early 2012, prompted me to broaden my musical knowledge in a way that improved my playing forever.

I will be forever grateful to you, my friend.

 

 

In December 2012, I started to produce the CD 'Pioneiros do Jazz Paulistano', which had the participation of big names in traditional Brazilian jazz, such as Tito Martino, Hector Costita and André Busic.

It was a very well received album by critics and audiences.

 

From 2014, I started for real my works of experimental composition.

Highlight for the album Metalodrum, April 2014, made only with drums, metallophone and some synthesizer

.One man band.

 

In 2015, through the website Best Instrumentalists of Brazilian Music 2015, I was mentioned among the 10 highlights of the year, for the performance in my other album, Space Jazz.

 

 

In 2017 I made the Vintage Drumming video (available on Youtube), covering a little bit of the root jazz drum language.

 

 

I have become over the years a lover and drummer of ancient jazz.

But as I reverence the past, I also look to the future, seeking to blend both into my own.

compositions,

 

My most recent authorial work, which I like a lot, is the Música Efêmera',

recorded in the second half of 2019.

 

This album features brilliant and distinguished musicians such as guitarist Eduardo Tibira, bassist Ricardo Ramos and pianist Billy Magno,

 

Hope you like it.

 

Billy

 

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