Kirk Brundage & Afro-Brazilian Percussion Guide

Bloco Afro Olodum.

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
Carnaval 2007.

Kirk Brundage is a classically trained percussionist who went on to play in Brazilian carnaval.


Kirk got his professional start in his native up-state New York, playing for many years as an 'extra' with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a member of the Maelström Percussion Ensemble—as well as chamber music and theater productions. He earned a Fulbright to Denmark and an MFA from CalArts, before winning the International Solo Music Competition of the German Radio (Munich). Kirk also gave many solo performances around the US and Europe.


However, inspired in his youth by Brazilian percussion legends such as Airto Moreira, Naná Vasconcelos, and Paulinho da Costa—Kirk's restless spirit later took him to Cuba and Brazil to explore new musical horizons. In Cuba he studied the popular and folkloric drumming traditions with the Los Muñequitos de Matanzas and Roberto Vizcaino—while in the United States he studied with various African master drummers. But it was traveling to historical and mystical Salvador Bahia, Brazil, that Kirk's passion became the roots of samba, sacred music of candomblé, and the latest carnaval innovations. This culminated in the rare distinction of a non-Brazilian playing in carnaval with the renown percussion

group Olodum.


Since relocating to Los Angeles, performance

highlights have included: the Latin Grammys

with Brazilian pop-star Daniela Mercury, a

show with The Police drummer Stewart

Copeland, and a recording for​ Lincoln with

Grammy-artist Beck.

A REMO Artist, Kirk has taught at UCLA, and

in Taiwan. He appeared at PASIC in support

of his book series, published by Alfred,

Afro-Brazilian Percussion Guide


Kirk has self-released two percussion

CDsPercussion Music from the US and 

Europeand TRIBUTE - An Homage to

Master Drummers and Teachers in

Salvador Bahia, Brazil.


Kirk's work has been reviewed in Modern Drummer and Percussive Notes magazines—plus featured on the Brazilian Television program, Planeta Brasil.

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