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Marcus Santos

A contemporary percussionist and educator, Marcus, is a native of Bahia, Brazil. He commits his life to the study, teaching and performance of his hometown's Afro-Brazilian music and heritage.

Marcus received a scholarship and completed his studies with honors at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has performed with artists like Paquito D'Rivera and the Gipsy Kings. Marcus also performed with the “One World Band” produced by MTV. Marcus also played at the Sony Pictures Oscar nominated movie ‘Rachel is getting Married’ with Anne Hathaway. He has been honored with the Outstanding Arts Performer Award by the Brazilian Immigrant Center (2008) as well as Outstanding Percussionist Award by Berklee College of Music in 2004.

Marcus produced his own DVD ‘Modern Approach to Pandeiro’, www.playpandeiro.com and the DVD ‘Musically Speaking II’ together with BOSE. He is also part of Rush’s drummer, Neil Peart new DVD by Hudson Music. Marcus leads and has lead workshops on Afro-Brazilian percussion and music for Social Change in universities and conventions around the world such as MIT, Harvard, Brown U, Universidad Central de Venezuela and PASIC 2007, 2010 and 2011. He’s currently the director of the Grooversity network project, www.grooversity.com, and artistically directs drumming groups in seven different States in the US.