Brazilian born, New York City-based drummer/composer Mauricio Zottarelli has been on the forefront of the Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music scenes for many years.
Mauricio Zottarelli - Drums, Percussion
Oriente Lopez - Flute
Klaus Mueller - Piano, Keys
Itaiguara Brandão - Bass
Gustavo Assis Brasil - Guitar
A Berklee College of Music graduate, Mauricio is a critically acclaimed and award-winning drummer and artist. He is credited in more than 70 albums so far in his career, and has worked and shared the stage with some of the most important and notable artists of today, crossing over many musical styles. Some of them are: Hiromi, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Prasanna, Esperanza Spalding, Keiko Matsui, Richard Bona, Paquito D’Rivera, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Chico Pinheiro, Cláudio Roditi, Joe Locke, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike Pope, Ivan Lins, Carmen Souza, Chuck Loeb, Rosa Passos, Dom Salvador, Jovino Santos Neto, Nilson Matta, Toninho Horta, Filó Machado, Cidinho Teixeira group, Gustavo Assis Brasil, Marc Rossi Group, Hendrik Meurkens, Oriente Lopez, and many others.
As a bandleader and composer/arranger, Mauricio co-leads and collaborates with several projects, such as the Dig Trio, which released its first CD in 2003 to great reviews from critics and audiences alike. In 2009, Mauricio released his first solo album, entitled 7 Lives, which includes several of his own compositions, and features a lineup of some of the best names in jazz and Brazilian music, performing a unique mix of Brazilian jazz, fusion, and jazz. In 2011 he released MOZIK – a collaboration with pianist Gilson Schachnik. The album has garnered praises from many important music publications such as Downbeat magazine and All About Jazz. The prestigious Jazz Station Blog, written by journalist/producer Arnaldo deSouteiro, considered MOZIK the #1 new talent of 2011 and included the CD in their TOP 15 best of 2011. The blog also listed Mauricio in their Top 10 Drummers Of The Year list three years in a row, in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
In 2012, Mauricio won the prestigious Brazilian Music Awards (Prêmio da Música Brasileira), the most important music award in Brazil, with artist Dom Salvador and his album “The Art of Samba Jazz”. A new project and studio album featuring Mauricio as a co-leader is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2014.
Zottarelli is also an active educator, and has done workshops/clinics in Brazil, Europe and the USA. He has also taught at the world-famous Brazil Camp in California, and he is a regular columnist/writer for Modern Drummer Magazine in Brazil.