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 Mexico, Chile,
Italy, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Germany, Argentina, Luxembourg and
United States. She performed during the Viva November Tour, along with
the Australian drummer Virgil Donati. The tour started in Belfast,
Northern Ireland, and also included Scotland, Wales and several cities
in England. The last performance took place in London.
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, Araçatuba, 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 Itaquera, Jundiaí, Osasco, Campinas, Sorocaba and Belenzinho.
As a member of the Avon Orchestra, playing with Diana King (USA), and
renowned Brazilian artists such as Zélia Duncan, Nana Caymmi, Daniela
Mercury, Milton Nascimento, Rita Lee, Leila Pinheiro and Margareth
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,
currently known as IBVF Brasil, 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 Kroma, 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, as well as in Portugal and Spain.
From 2000 to 2016, 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 wrote articles for Modern Drummer Brazil Magazine, and has
currently been performing her solo concert project called Brasileira,
with Vera Figueiredo Trio. This concert was also held in other SESC’s
unities Consolação (Instrumental SESC Brasil), Campinas, Sorocaba,
Ribeirão Preto, Jundiaí, Belenzinho and Itaquera.
In 2016, she travelled to Sardinia (Cagliari and Sassari), Pescara (Montesilvano,
performing at PAS Italy) and Lavagna, Italy, to give clinics and
masterclasses about Brazilian Rhythms in-depth. 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
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, 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 and was one of the guests of the III Percussão
em Foco, a percussion event that took place in Itajai, Santa Catarina.
She performed as special guest of the Electric Hendrix Ensemble, playing
together with the drummer Fernando Amaro. The band plays Jimi Hendrix’s
songs. The concert took place in the JazzNosFundos club, in São Paulo.
Also as special guest, she took part in the Carpentes - the Musical, at
the Tom Brasil venue, in São Paulo, Brazil.
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), and is one of the Beto Bertrami
In 2019, the book of the authors Ron Savage and Casey Scheuerell,
Berklee Practice Method: Drum set, was published in Brazil by Editora
Passarim, with Vera Figueiredo signing the Portuguese version.
In 2020, the IBVF Brasil celebrates its 30th anniversary. The music
school and cultural events agency became an important tool for Vera
Figueiredo to keep her journey as educator and instrumentalist. She has
developed educational projects, such the second edition of Batuka! Beat
and sériesMASTERCLASS, featuring clinics and master classes with
renowned Brazilian musicians.
In the state of Parana, she gave a drum workshop as part of the Festival
de Música de Curitiba program, and also performed at the Vale da Música
and the club Dizzy Café Concerto. Also performed a drum clinic during
the 19th Festival de Música de Ourinhos, in Sao Paulo.
In 2020, She is going to give clinics in Cruzeiro (Sao Paulo) and Rio de
Janeiro, and might show her knowledge regarding Brazilian rhythms during
Performing as drummer and collaborating to the musical scene as a
composer, Vera Figueiredo has played with the Vera Figueiredo Trio in
the most important clubs in Sao Paulo, such as JazzB, a remarkable stage
for whom makes and plays instrumental music. She is official member of
Carpenters - the Musical. This concert was presented at Teatro Municipal
de Santo André, Tropical Butantã club and Teatro UMC, all located in Sao
Paulo state. Carpenters – the Musical is going to be presented at Vivo
Rio, in Rio de Janeiro.
During the pandemic, Vera has produced and
participated in several projects. In 2020, she produced and hosted the
Batuka! Brasil | Great Encounters Lives, interviewing artists who had
performed at Batuka! Brasil, which features among the world greatest
drum and percussion festivals and has already presented fifteen
editions. The Batuka! Brasil | Great Encounters Lives had nineteen
episodes and interviewed drummers who had won the National Drummers
Contest, such as Rafael Barata, Igor Willcox and Sandro Moreno, as well
as artists who performed concerts, workshops and/or performances, such
as Dom Famularo, Cuca Teixeira, Will Calhoun, John Riley and Daniel
Baeder. The programs can be watched on Vera’s YouTube channel.
About national and international events online, Vera
has performed masterclasses, participated in podcasts and interviews,
such as PercuFest Latinoamérica, Guia das Mãos, FestRio | Mulheres da
bateria e da percussão (Female Drummers and Percussionists), TV Maldita
| Lugar de mulher é onde ela quiser (Woman belongs to anyplace she
wants), All Access, hosted by Dom Famularo among others.