Drums / Percussion
Born in Sao Paulo (Brazil), 1970, Simone plays drums since 85. Hard Rock, funk, reggae and Brazilian Popular Music ( MPB) was just the starting point for her experiences into contemporary, traditional and world music.
Coming from a brazilian musical background and upbringing in Sao Paulo city, Simone developed her own drumming : a percussive way of playing the drums with an “urban” approach inspired in traditional brazilian music. From folk to modern, acoustic to electronic, her musical environment was auspicious on mixing styles looking for new territories of sounds and percussive expressions, to bring new elements to her performance and to create curious Percu-Object-Drum Set Ups.
“Travelling throughout Brazil from north to south I realized how my country is rich in Culture and has endless rhythms spreaded all over the territory and traveling around the world I came to a way of thinking music: it’s about life style, a state of spirit, human behavior, body language, soul expression, observing what is around you to understand, to learn and respect other cultures and exchange life experience”.
In the early 90’s Simone played with many local singers and bands in Sao Paulo and had her first recording session with Itamar Assumpcao – innovative singer/song writer from Sao Paulo and Orquideas do Brasil Band. By that time she met Chico Cesar, singer/composer that was just starting a band – with whom she would perform all over the world from 95 till nowadays joining him in most of his tours ( USA, Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zeland ) playing in festivals such as Montreux Jazz, Womad, Jazz Heritage New Orleans to name a few. She also joined Chico in a french tour, 2005, with composer/piano player from Congo Ray Lema.
With some brazilian renowned artists she performed in many countries and festivals since 2000:
Simone recorded in life concert’s DVDs:
Simone directed the documentary “Cidadao Samba” about samba master Osvaldinho da Cuica, in collaboration with DGT Filmes ( Sao Paulo 2004/20018 )
Together with producer Alfredo Bello, Simone created the soundtrack of the movie “Eu receberia as piores noticias dos seus lindos labios” from director Beto Brant ( Sao Paulo – 2010 )
Simone recorded in Badi Assad’s latest album “Hatched”, 2015 – Soul Food Label
From 2000 on Simone worked in collaboration with international artists and projects:
Simone produced her own CDs and some partnerships:
Simone had recorded with other artists in Brazil and abroad:
Iara Renno, Anelis Assumpcao, DJ Tudo, Vange Milliet, Pericles Cavalcanti, Kleber Albuquerque, Sandra Coelers, Paul van Kemenade, Elza Soares, Ceumar, Cia Cabelo de Maria, to name a few.
Since 2009 Simone develops a duo with moldavian bayan (russian button accordeon) player/composer Oleg Fateev in a Balkan-Brazilian cross-over, performing as a Duo around Holland and Brazil.
In 2012 Simone moved to Holland, starting teaching percussion for batucada groups and doing workshops around Europe. Since 2015 Simone gives workshops during the summer World Music DrumCamp in Suffolk – England.
Simone recorded a DVD – SOMOS SOM – Musica Percussiva Brasileira (Brazilian Percussive Music) – a book/DVD method about brazilian rhythms co-produced with drummer/composer Fernando Lobo, recorded in Gramofone Studio in Curitiba ( state of Parana). Released during the Drum Camp in Sufolk – England in july 2017.
June 2017 – Simone played with her duo Soukast in Bimhuis – Amsterdam – During the project “Sounds of Brazil”
The world beat project N.E.W.S (percussion quartet) starts to tour from september on, in theaters around Holland.