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I started playing drums at 12 years old. I was in 5th grade and my colleagues literally convinced me to be the drummer of the class band that they were forming. Before me, they invited everyone else in class and nobody was interested, I was their last option. My classmates told me to come to the first rehearsal and not to worry about drums because they had everything. I showed up and all they had was a wooden box, two hanger sticks and metal can lids as cymbals. I don’t remember exactly what I did but my colleagues were very complimentary about my performance and insisted that I should take drum lessons. I took two lessons with the great drummer from Porto Alegre “Thabba” and right after that we had our first show at the keyboard player’s birthday party. I knew two drum patterns and one drum fill. I had a great time! I will never forget my first show. From that moment on I knew I was going to do that for the rest of my life.

My Parents thought that that would be a “phase” and supported me paying for my drum lessons and giving me my first drum set: a TAIKO octaplus (8 toms). It was a huge set but very cheap.
At 13, I formed my first Punk Rock Band called “Cataclisma”. My brother Joao Luiz was the bass player. We play at several school talent shows and did the first recordings I ever made, on K7 tape.

To be able to listen to what I just played was an amazing discovery!
At 14, I was already playing professionally at clubs and pizzerias around town. In Porto Alegre, I played with many bands and artists including Nei Lisboa, Neto Fagundes, Nei Van Soria and Mutuca e os Animais.

In 1995 I went to New York City for the very first time to study at Drummers Collective. I attended the certificate program and studied with great teachers:
(Michael Lauren, Duduka da Fonseca, Bobby Sanabria, Sandy Gennaro, Fred Klatz).
Studying with them inspired me to start teaching. When I returned home I thought my first drum clinic about my experience abroad and started teaching drums at my family studio. Since my first time in New York I fell in love with the city. I kept thinking about how life would be if I moved there. After graduating in Law School I sold my car, bought a ticket and flew to New York to pursue a music career.

The rest is biography.

It has been an incredible journey. I would never imagine how far music could take me. I feel privileged to live the life I choose to live and to be in the place that I choose to be. It has been great to share the gift of music with all the great musicians I met and play along the way and around the World. It has been also a blessing to work teaching children. Today, they are my teachers. I learn from them every class. Their pure energy is my source of inspiration to continue pursuing my dreams.

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Drummer, Percussionist, Author and Educator

It's my life's work to express those emotions and feelings that can only be conveyed through music. It's how my spirit takes wing and soars to unfathomable, seemingly unreachable heights. I hope that my music does the same for your spirit, too.

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Back to the Immigrant Artist Program for NYFA
Eduardo returns to the IAP program for the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2015. This time will be the Mentor of Greek multidisciplinary artist Esmeralda Kosmatopoulus. They will be collaborating in several projects during the program.

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Now you can study with Eduardo via Skype. Classes from the legendary Music Building in New York City are available. For information about scheduling visit the contact page.