written on T. Bruce Wittet’s article on Modern Drummer Magazine USA
about the Montreal Drum Fest, “From behind the drum set, Vera Figueiredo
took the audience from the Brazilian rainforest into the clubs and
concert halls of the world. Jaws dropped at her unique presence,
approach, and distinctive licks”. And, having been nominated by British
Rhythm Magazine the “Queen of Samba”, other Brazilian and international
publications have pointed out Vera Figueiredo’s musical power.
Vera has worked hard to divulge Brazilian Music around the world by
performing in a number of festivals and giving clinics and masterclasses
all throughout her career, having performed in Scotland, Northern
Ireland, England, Gales, Mexico, Chile, Italy, Spain, Portugal,
Argentina and United States.
She has played as a guest in some of the greatest international drum and
percussion festivals: Percfest Memorial Naco, Drum Ladies Fest and Italy
PAS - Percussive Art Society (Italy), The Ultimate Drummers Weekend (Australia),
Mendoza International Drum Fest (Argentina), PercuSonidos Festival
Internacional de Percusiones (Mexico), AGP Drum Event (Luxembourg), Days
of Percussion (Sweden), Drum Fest – Primer Festival Internacional de
Batería y Percusión (Chile), Cape Breton International Drum Fest (Canada),
KOSA International Drum Event and PASIC – Percussive Arts Society
Convention (USA). Brazilian festivals: PAS Brazil Chapter, Salão da
Bateria, I Encontro Percussivo REC-PEC, Girls On Drums and Batuka!
In Germany, Vera performed at Musikmesse Frankfurt, Dresdner Drum
Festival, and Drumtrainer / PAC – Percussion Art Center, alongside
percussionist Dudu Tucci. In Spain, she played at La Rioja Drumming
Festival, sharing the stage with Tommy Aldridge, Ray Luzier, Aquiles
Priester, among others; in Portugal, with drummer Carlos Sobral; giving
classes, masterclasses and clinics. In Brazil, she has played in São
Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Ipatinga, Salto, João Pessoa, Curitiba, Porto
Alegre, Natal, Brasília e Rio de Janeiro.
As a member of the Avon Orchestra, playing with Diana King (USA), and
renowned Brazilian artists such as Zélia Duncan, Milton Nascimento, Rita
Lee, Leila Pinheiro and Margareth Menezes.
With the third album of her career, the Vera Cruz Island, Vera revealed
herself living a moment of maturity as a drummer and composer. “Vera
Cruz Island is like a photo album of Vera’s soul: intense, full of
beautiful landscapes and very passionate towards her art!” - Régis Tadeu
(Batera e Percussão Brazilian magazine). “Your drumming is so powerful
and full of tradition.” – Ken Micallef (Modern Drummer magazine - USA).
Based on this album, the play-along book Vera Cruz Island – Brazilian
Rhythms for Drumset was released by Hudson Music. The book has worldwide
distribution and is also available on e-book format. Vera first two
albums were Vera Figueiredo & Convidados and From Brasil.
A DVD with Vera’s instructional videos, Ritmos Afro-Brasileiros (Afro-Brazilian
Rhythms) and Influência Afro-Cubana (Afro-Cuban Influence) was released
with English subtitles. She’s also released the DVD Os 40 Rudimentos (The
40 Rudiments). Her performance can also be checked in The Ultimate
Drummers Weekend 11th Birthday DVD, along with Thomas Lang, John
Blackwell Jr., Jimmy DeGrasso, Andrew Gander, Gustavo Meli and other
world-class drummers. The festival is held in Melbourne, Australia.
In 1990, Vera founded the IBVF – Instituto de Bateria Vera Figueiredo,
which became one of the most important drum and Brazilian percussion
schools in Brazil. IBVF is located in the capital of São Paulo state. A
couple of years later, Vera created the IBVF Produções, an agency
dedicated to produce music events. One of these events is Batuka!
Brasil, which appears on the list of the most remarkable world drum and
percussion festivals. The festival has been held in São Paulo city since
its first edition, in 1996. Batuka! Brasil has had fourteen editions and
two album releases with artists who played at the festival, as well as
winners of the National Drummers Contest, which is part of the event
Vera Figueiredo was on the cover of the #119 Modern Drummer Brazil and
the #143 Batera & Percussão Brazil magazines, and also Modern Drummer
Brazil #106, in this case alongside Damien Schmitt, Dom Famularo and
Robby Ameen. This edition´s cover story was Batuka! Brasil.
She recorded with a Brazilian electric guitar quartet featuring Herald
Paarmann (Former Ultraje a Rigor Band). She also performed in São Paulo
and Vila Velha cities, during the Sabian Brazilian Tour along with Dom
From 2000 to 2015, Vera Figueiredo was a member of the TV show Altas
Horas band (Globo channel).
Vera often times writes articles for Modern Drummer Brazil Magazine, and
has currently been performing her solo concert project called
Brasileira, with Vera Figueiredo Trio, featuring Ge Cortes (acoustic
bass) and Marcos Romera (piano). This concert is a preview of the album
Vera has been working on. It was registered on video and published
online when performed at the Anchieta Theater (SESC Consolação), in São
Paulo city. The concert was also held in other SESCs unities, in
Campinas, Sorocaba, among others cities in Brazil.
In 2016, she travelled to Sardinia, Montesilvano/Pescara (PAS Italy) and
Lavagna, Italy, to give clinics and masterclasses about Brazilian
Currently, Vera Figueiredo is the curator of SESC Osasco Project, Ecos
Musicais (Musical Echoes). The goal of this Project is to stimulate the
production of original music from new artists based in this city.
Vera Figueiredo is sponsored by Mapex Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth
Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, Audix Microphones and Gope Brazilian