Percussionist, drummer and composer, Simone Sou was born in Sao Paulo in 1970. She began her drum lessons with Flavio Pimenta in his drum School in 1985 at the age of 14. In the late 80s, in São Paulo, she began playing in bands with different styles, from hard rock, reggae, to brazilian music, going deeper into researching traditional music, especially popular expressions of percussion . Coming into traditional music, she produced a CD about indigenous tribes from Xingu Park together with a multimedia group called Dialeto.
In the early 90s Simone worked and recorded her first album with poet - composer Itamar Assumpção, and also began to work with the renowed composer Chico Cesar, touring all Brazil, Europe, USA, Japan, Australia, from 95 till 2005, playing in some festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Womad, Sfinx, just to name a few. Simone also worked with some important brazilian artists such as Zeca Baleiro, Zelia Duncan, Badi Assad - touring all USA - Jards Macalé, Marku Ribas, Elza Soares, Funk Como le Gusta Big Band, Carlinhos Antunes and his Orquestra Mundana, drummer Robertinho Silva, and the legendary rock band from Tropicalia movement Os Mutantes.
Simone also played with some international musicians, such as the composer and pianist from Congo, Ray Lema, djembe master from Burkina Fasso, Adama Drame, the English producer Adrian Sherwood, the Russian accordion player Oleg Fateev, the string quartet from NY, Ethel, the Dutch pianist and composer Martin Fondse, the Cuban composer and bassist Yusa, and a group of 8 musicians from Scotland in a project called Orquestra Scotland - Brasil.
We are delighted to invite Simone back once again to The World Music Workshop festival. She will be leading our Brazilian Samba and mixed Brazilian Rhythm workshops. A must to attend!
Samba and Mixed Percussion Workshops
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Video of Simone's performance at Drum Camp 2015 with accordianist Olaf Fateev
Samba Procession at Drum Camp 2015