Guest Director, Samba de Mudança.

Los Angeles Music Center.
August 2015.

Kirk Brundage & Afro-Brazilian Percussion Guide


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

Originally from upstate New York
, Kirk

earned a Fulbright to Denmark and an

MFA from CalArts, before winning the

International Solo Music Competition in

Munich. For many years he was an 'extra'

with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra,

and a member of the Maelström Percussion

Ensemble. Kirk also gave numerous solo

performances around the US and Europe.

Shifting artistic directions however, Kirk

went on to play in Brazilian carnaval with

Olodum, at the Latin Grammys with​ Daniela

Mercury, a show with The Police drummer

Stewart Copeland, and a recording with

Grammy-artist Beck.

LA-based, Kirk is a REMO Artist, and has taught at UCLA. He has published a book series through Alfred, and self-released two percussion CDs. Kirk's work has been reviewed in Modern Drummer and Percussive Notes magazines—plus featured on the Brazilian Television show Planeta Brasil.​