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.
- Henrique DeAlmeida – Official Website.
- A video of Henrique demonstrating his incredible Moeller technique.
- A live lesson with Henrique that discusses how to prepare for an audition.
- Henrique’s performance of “This Is For Albert” with the Air Force Academy Falconaires.
Henrique DeAlmeida Plays:
- Evans Drumheads
- LP Percussion
- Yamaha Drums and Hardware
- Paiste Cymbals
- Vic Firth Drumsticks