Henrique DeAlmeida

323 – [Daniel Glass Show]: A Conversation With Henrique DeAlmeida

In this episode, Daniel speaks with Henrique DeAlmeida and explores the fascinating life of this Berklee professor, master of the Moeller technique and all around monster behind the kit.

What’s covered in this session:

  • Learn about Henrique’s incredible journey as a drummer:
    • From humble beginnings in Recife, Brazil to playing with the country’s biggest rock stars by the age of 20.
    • Transition to being a student, which took him from the chill of Boston to the “juke joints” of the deep South.
    • His 13-year stint with the Falconaires, the top big band of the United States Air Force.
    • A prolific career as a full professor at Berklee, and authoring several notable instructional books and DVDs.
  • Early influences, which included not only Brazilian styles, but hard rock, jazz, fusion and Afro-Cuban music.
  • How a variety of musical styles, from West African to Puerto Rican, Cuban, Jamaican and New Orleans, are all part of the Brazilian drummer’s DNA.
  • The difficulties in making the decision to give up life as a top Brazilian drummer to go back to school at Berklee in the early 1990s.
  • On studying rudimental drumming with the legendary John Wooten at University of Southern Mississippi, and playing with many blues greats in the region.
  • In order to succeed, you have to align your passion and your dreams with SERVICE.

Resources/Links/People Mentioned:

Henrique DeAlmeida Plays:

  • Evans Drumheads
  • LP Percussion
  • Yamaha Drums and Hardware
  • Paiste Cymbals
  • Vic Firth Drumsticks
6 replies
  1. Marco Noto
    Marco Noto says:

    Thanks Nick and Daniel–I loved the stories and messages that Henrique shared. Especially the idea of service–in the end all the cool chops and fills are so meaningless unless they serve the music and the people you are working with or for–great points.

  2. Jose Duque
    Jose Duque says:

    Thank you Daniel for this podcast
    It was amazing to hear from Henrique with whom I share many things even tho we have never met. We both went to Berklee and we both at different times played with the same Artist
    And we both are in the same Album without being there at the same time
    That Artist is Randy Armstrong
    He live in NH Ask Henrique about it
    Again thanks so much for this
    Can’t wait for that new book

  3. Dan Jackson-Yang
    Dan Jackson-Yang says:

    Many years ago I got interested in samba music and brought Henrique’s book Brazilian Rhythms for the Drumset. I couldn’t play the first bossa nova rhythm in it and it took years to get it together. I’ve come back to this book on I’m now finally ready to learn in a more structured way. It’s inspiring to hear that he is such a cool guy. I dig the service angle.

    I feel that I’m starting too late to be able to get to a super high standard and have much of impact on that many people but I can make a difference in my own town.

    I’m rambling. But check out the alternative youth orchestra I volunteer for a practical example of the above: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5cfAvv35Do

    I hope to one day really get to grips with Henrique’s fantastic body of work

    • Daniel Glass
      Daniel Glass says:

      Excellent. You should shoot him an email at this website with this information! I’m sure he’d be happy to hear it.

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