Grammy award-winning drummer/percussionist/composer/educator Mark Walker was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He began playing drumset at age 10, and at age 16 studied with the “Dean of Percussion” Roy C. Knapp until Knapp’s death in 1979. He played his first professional club, concert, and recording gigs barely out of high school. He gained valuable experience performing an extremely wide range of styles in the Chicago area and later became a first-call session drummer and percussionist, playing on film scores, jingles and record dates. He also began a two-year stint with Lyle Mays, touring the U.S. and Europe. While still living in Chicago in the 1990’s, he began a long stint with sax/clarinet virtuoso Paquito D’Rivera, which continues to this day. He has played on many of Paquito’s records, including “Funk Tango” (Grammy award winner in 2008 for best Latin jazz album), “Tropicana Nights”(Latin Grammy winner), and “Portraits of Cuba” (Grammy Winner), among many others.
Check out Mark's video lesson series on Brazilian Samba Drumming HERE!
A contemporary percussionist and educator, Marcus Santos is a native of Salvador city in Bahia, Brazil. Having been raised in the uniquely rich African-influenced culture of Bahia, Marcus has passionately committed his life to the study, preservation and teaching of Afro-Brazilian music and heritage.
After first studying music and business at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, Marcus obtained a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in the performance of hand percussion, and the Outstanding Musician and Community Service Through Music awards. His talents as a musician have landed him appearances on NBC (USA), MTV (Thailand), TV Globo (Brazil), as well as numerous venues around the world, including the Hard Rock Café (Orlando, USA), Kouen Mae Dori Classics (Tokyo, Japan), Rock In Rio (Brazil), Buddha (Mexico), Lincoln Center (New York, USA), Blend (Honduras), Parco della Musica (Rome, Italy), Holland Festival (Amsterdam, Holland) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, USA).
As an educator, Marcus has led numerous workshops in Afro-Brazilian percussion at MIT, Harvard University, Brown University, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Nagoya University (Nagoya, Japan) and Berklee College of Music. He currently works as a teacher at Somerville Public High School and he is the Artistic Director of five drumming groups in the states of Massachusetts, Ohio, Philadelphia, Colorado and Arizona in the USA. In Boston, Marcus is the co-founder and Artistic Director of AfroBrazil, an organization whose mission is to promote and teach Afro-Brazilian music and culture in the United States. He has also released “A Modern Approach to Pandeiro”; an instructional DVD on pandeiro playing that is now internationally distributed with subtitles in six languages.
Visit Marcus online! www.marcussantos.com