Vanderlei Pereira


Vanderlei Pereira, drums CIDinho Teixeira, piano Itaiguara, acoustic bass A drummer, percussionist, and educator, Vanderlei Pereira has appeared and recorded with numerous artists: Toots Thielemans, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Tito Puente, Claudio Roditi, Romero Lubambo, Bebel Gilberto, Leila Pinheiro, Emilio Santiago, Luis Carlos Vinhas, Sivuca, and a host of others. He has performed at top jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals, including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, NJPAC, the Blue Note, SOB’s, the Village Gate, Birdland, Caviarteria, the Zinc Bar, The Ballroom, the Madrid Jazz Festival and the Syracuse Jazz Festival and has toured throughout Brazil and Russia. Pereira received a Diploma in Jazz Studies from the Mannes College of Music in New York City and a Diploma and Teaching Certificate from the Academia de Musica Lorenzo Fernandes in Rio de Janeiro, with studies in theory, rhythm and sight singing. He was selected as a participant in the Instrumental Preparatory Course of the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio, where his studies included classical percussion, harmony, theory and style analysis. During this period, he performed with Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira as well. As an educator, Pereira has taught at the Drummers Collective and has given master classes at the Berklee College of Music, the New School, Rutgers University, University of the Arts (Philadelphia), the University of Delaware, and in Brasilia. Pereira knew, from the time he was 6, that he would be blind when he was diagnosed with an incurable condition. While his vision progressively worsened, he was able to complete his studies before he totally lost his sight in 1986 at the age of 31. At that time he was already performing and touring with important artists, and he says it was fortunately a very busy time in his musical career because “I felt that music was the only thing that helped me cope with the situation. I decided that I would not let my blindness interfere with my career and I have continued to perform, record and teach.” In 1988 he moved from Brazil to New York, where he has lived ever since.
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