Biography

 
 

As 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! Brasil.

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 lineup.

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 Famularo.

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 Rhythms in-depth.

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 Percussion.

 

 

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