ACADEMIC EDUCATION and INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
Afro-Brazilian percussion studies in Brazil (1999 - present).
Afro-Cuban percussion studies in Cuba and the USA (1998 - present).
West African percussion studies in the USA (1996 - present).
Master of Fine Arts, Percussion Performance. California Institute of the Arts (1992).
Fulbright Scholar, Royal Danish Conservatory (1989).
Bachelor of Music, Percussion Performance. University at Buffalo (1988).
REVIEWS and AWARDS
Percussive Notes magazine. Review for the CD recording, TRIBUTE (2015).
Modern Drummer magazine. Review for the book series, Afro-Brazilian Percussion Guide (2012).
DRUM! Magazine reader’s poll. Runner up in the Best Percussion Ensemble category.
The Maelström Percussion Ensemble (2001 and 1999).
Rockefeller Grant. Collaboration with percussionist Ricardo Gallardo. Mexico City (1997).
Internationale Musik Institut. Full scholarship. Darmstadt, Germany (1994 and 1992).
Rotary International. Group Study Exchange program to Japan (1993).
Winner of the International Solo Music Competition of the German Radio, Munich (1991).
Fulbright Scholarship. Royal Danish Music Conservatory. Copenhagen, Denmark (1988).
Author of the book series: Afro-Brazilian Percussion Guide, Instruments & Rhythms from
Staff Accompanist. Modern, Brazilian, and African dance classes. Santa Monica College
Dance Department (2008 – present).
Instructor. Weekly Afro-Brazilian percussion classes. REMO Music Center. North Hollywood
(Spring 2011 – 2017).
Lecture and workshop on history of samba reggae. International Samba Congress. Los Angeles
Instructor. 6-week residency with the Campbell Hall World Drumming class. Los Angeles
Teaching Artist. LA County Arts Commission (2012).
Faculty Lecturer. Music of Brazil Ensemble. UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology (2007 – 2011).
Guest Afro-Brazilian percussion workshop. UCSB Department of Ethnomusicology (June 2011).
Faculty Instructor. Taipei International Percussion Summer Festival. Taipei, Taiwan (July 2010).
Faculty Instructor. Music of Brazil Ensemble. Gluck Foundation’s Summer Music Youth Camp.
UC Riverside (July 2008).
Faculty Instructor. Music of Brazil Youth Ensemble. World Music Summer Institute. UCLA (June 2008).
Faculty Instructor. Orchestral and world percussion. Hartwick College Summer Music Festival.
Oneonta, New York (July 2007).
Guest Afro-Brazilian percussion workshops. Austin Samba School. Austin, Texas (May 2007).
Guest Afro-Brazilian percussion workshop. CalArts (September 2006).
Soho Club. Malibu (June 2017).
BRAZILIAN CARNAVAL. Events with Bloco Afro Olodum, et al (Tambores e Cores, Consiencia Negra,
and Banda do Mestre Memeu). Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (2017, 2016, 2015, 2007, and 2006).
Brazil Camp. Culminating performances of the maracatú and batucada ensembles, directed by
Mestres Pitóco of Estrela Brilhante from Recife, and Jónas of Mocidade from Rio de Janeiro.
Cazadero (August 2016).
Mandingo Night: A Drum and Dance Celebration of the African Diaspora. Samba Reggae
performance of the REMO Afro-Brazilian percussion class. Los Angeles (July 2016).
International Cajón Festival. Simulcasted to cities in Peru, Germany, and Australia by producers
Gino Gamboa and REMO. Los Angeles (April 2016).
DANCE DOWNTOWN, samba! Guest-Director of Samba de Mudança. The Music Center, Los Angeles
book series Afro-Brazilian Percussion Guide. 90.7 FM in Los Angeles (August 2015).
BRAZILIAN TELEVISION (TV Globo). Feature-story on the show, Planeta Brasil. (September 2014).
BECK: Sound and Vision. Recording project for Lincoln. 20th Century Fox Studios (February 2013).
PASIC world-percussion clinic. Austin, Texas (November 2012).
Brazil Day LA. House band for singers Renni Flores and Tonho Matéria (September 2012).
Brazilian Carnaval. Nokia Theater. Los Angeles (2011 and 2010).
REMO promo video. The UCLA Music of Brazil Ensemble (January 2010).
Latin Grammy Awards. Closing ceremony with Brazilian pop-star Daniela Mercury. Mandalay Bay,
Las Vegas (November 2009).
An Evening of Stewart Copeland's Film Music (drummer from the rock band The Police).
Savannah Music Festival. Savannah, Georgia (March 2008).
BBC Documentary: Brasil Brasil - Revolução Tropicalia (2007). Brief cameo.
Viver Brazil Dance Company. Ford Theater. Hollywood (2007, 2006, and 2003).
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Extra percussion under conductors Lukas Foss, Semyon
Bychkov, Pierre Boulez, and Doc Severinson (1985 - 2002).
Sideman for entertainers: Engelbert Humperdinck, Anthony Newley, Dave Brubeck, Joan Rivers,
Clint Holmes, Don Rickles, Debbie Reynolds, Jerry Vale, Al Martino, Donald O’Connor, and The
Three Irish Tenors (1985 - 2002).
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Millennium Concert Series. The Maelström Percussion
Lecture-recital. Contemporary solo percussion. Stanford University (1999).
Solo performances: Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and Italy (1988 - 1999).
TRIBUTE: An Homage to Master Drummers and Teachers from Salvador Bahia, Brazil (2014).
PERCUSSION MUSIC FROM THE US and EUROPE. (2014).
WHIRLED MUSIC. Music of Maelström (1997).
LABYRINTH. Music of Lou Harrison. HatART Switzerland (1997).
IMAGINARY LANDSCAPES. Music of John Cage. HatART Switzerland (1995).
DRAWING DOWN THE MOON. Music of Donald Erb. New World Records (1993).
FESTIVAL! A GALA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor
Semyon Bychkov (1985).
- RESUME -
Kirk Brundage & Afro-Brazilian Percussion Guide