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 master
classes 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
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, master classes and clinics. In Brazil, she has played in São
Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Adamantina, Ipatinga, São João da Boa Vista,
Salto, João Pessoa, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Natal, Brasília, Ponta
Grossa, Santo André, Limeira and Rio de Janeiro, besides the SESC
unities in Itaquera, Jundiaí, Osasco, Sorocaba and Ribeirão Preto.
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, she 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,
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 fifteen editions and
two album releases with artists who played at the festival, as well as
winners of the National Drummers Contest/Batuka! Masters, which is part
of the event lineup.
Vera Figueiredo was on the cover of the #119 Modern Drummer Brazil, the
#143 Batera & Percussão, the #4 Hi-Hat Girls and #4 Eco magazines, as
well as the #106 Modern Drummer Brazil, in this case alongside Damien
Schmitt, Dom Famularo and Robby Ameen. This edition’s cover story was
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). Despite the band don’t make part of the TV
Show anymore, the band keeps performing as Garotas do Programa band.
Vera has written articles for Modern Drummer Brazil Magazine, and has
currently been performing her solo concert project called Brasileira,
with Vera Figueiredo Trio. 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, Ribeirão Preto and Jundiaí.
In 2016, she travelled to Sardinia, Montesilvano/Pescara (PAS Italy) and
Lavagna, Italy, to give clinics and masterclasses about Brazilian
In 2017, she performed as guest in the following events, which took
place in Santa Catarina, Brasil: Sabian Day Brasil, TUM Sound Festival
and 20th Festival de Música de Itajaí.
Vera Figueiredo was the curator of SESC Osasco Project, Ecos Musicais
(Musical Echoes) for one year. The goal of this Project is to stimulate
the production of original music from new artists based in this city.
She participated of the documentary “100 years of jazz, the longest
impromptu of the History”, produced by the TV show Caminhos da
Reportagem and dedicated to jazz. The documentary was broadcasted by TV
Brasil Channel. To Canal Brasil channel, she was the guest of the
program O Som do Vinil, hosted by Charles Gavin. It was an episode
dedicated to the Brazilian drummer Milton Banana. Vera written and
recorded a song dedicated to him called Mr. Banana. It is one of the
Vera Cruz Island album tunes.
Vera keeps working on spreading her knowledge about Brazilian rhythms.
In 2018, she performed at the AUDW – Australia’s Ultimate Drummers
Weekend, alongside renowned drummers and percussionists, such as Benny
Greb, Alex Acuña, Pete Lockett and Dom Famularo. She also gave private
classes at Drumtek Music school, also in Australia. She gave clinics in
Catanduva and Araçatuba, both located in São Paulo. She also was one of
the jury’s members of the Hit Like a Girl (US), a female drummers
contest. She performed her "Brasileira" concert at SESC Itaquera was one
of the guests of the III Percussão em Foco, a percussion event that took
place in Itajai, Santa Catarina. She also was the special guest, playing
together with the Drummer Fernando Amaro, of the Electric Hendrix
Ensemble. The band plays Jimi Hendrix’s songs. The concert took place in
the JazzNosFundos club, in São Paulo.
Besides working as events producer, dedicate her time on composing for
her next album, as well as present her concert, Brasileira, Vera also
has played in other projects, such as Soulmates, a trio also formed by
Lito Robledo (bass) and Marcos Romera (piano), and the group Martins,
Estebez & Figueiredo, together with Paulo Martins (bass) and Giba
Estebez (keyboards). She’s also performed with the singer Sol Alac
(Argentina) and Haley Peltz (USA).