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. He’s been honored with the Outstanding Arts Performer Award by the Brazilian Immigrant Center (2008) as well as Outstanding Percussionist by Berklee College of Music in 2004.
Marcus produced his own DVD ‘Modern Approach to Pandeiro’, http://www.playpandeiro.com and the DVD ‘Musically Speaking II’ together with BOSE. Marcus leads and has lead workshops on Afro-Brazilian percussion and music for Social Change in universities and conventions around the world (MIT, Harvard, Brown U, Universidad Central de Venezuela and PASIC 2007 and 2010. He’s currently the artistic director of drumming groups in seven different States in the US.