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Afro-Brazilian Percussionist and Composer

Adriano Adewale was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but since 2000 has been resident in London.

Rooted in the musical traditions of Nigeria, Angola and Brazil but infused with contemporary European classical and jazz styles.

Here he formed his first band Sambura, which released one album: Cru.

Performing in various festivals and venues, Adriano was introduced to Antonio Forcione and soon became part of theAntonio Forcione Quartet which has been performing all over the world.

In 2007 he formed the international world-jazz quartet the Adriano Adewale Group with fellow BrazilianMarcelo Andrade on flute,  Australian Nathan Thomson on double bass and Kadialy Kouyate from Senegal on kora.

Their debut album Sementes (produced by Gilad Atzmon) was released in 2008 to rave reviews, and then followed a very succesful tour with equally impressive reviews

As well as touring with his band, Adriano has also developed a new cross-artform solo project called SOUND JOURNEY in partnership with SEGUE Productions which was presented in 2009 at the Latitude Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

He also performs on percussion and xylophone as part of the Adriano Adewale Trio, where he is joined by special guests: Brazilian composer and multi instrumentalist Marcelo Andrade (flutes and sax) and composer and guitarist Jonathan Preiss (Caratinga).  Together they perform a concert exploring the work of 20th century Afro-Brazilian composer Pixinguinha, whose compositions were mainly in a style known as Chorinho and he was one of the first composers to incorporate Jazz and Improvisation in Brazilian music. Chorinho has many similarities to Baroque music, but with a distinctly Brazilian rhythm and flavour.

Other great collaborators he has worked with include: Jonny Phillips, Seu Jorge, Jonathan Preiss, Seb Rochford, Monica Vasconcelos, Andy Sheppard, Tuti Moreno, Rodolfo Stroeter, Modeste Hughes, Gustavo Marques, Netsayi Chigwendere, Julia Biel, Zoe Rahman, Steve Lodder and Ronu Majumdar.

Working in partnerships with artists, he has created sound tracks for: fine artist Monica de Miranda, the English dance company Stacked Wonky and a percussion based sound track for an animation movie based on the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood”. He also shared the stage with Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Tcheka(Cape Verde).

Adriano has also supported Cesaria Evora, Airton Moreira and Flora Purim, Jools Holland, Seu Jorge, and Boubacar Traore.

Venues he has performed at include : QEH, RFH, Barbican, Apollo, Usher Hall, Olimpia (Paris), Jazz Café, Ronnie Scotts, SAGE.

Adriano Adewale is also  Artist in Residence at the Lakeside Theatre University of Essex, an Associate Artist of SEGUE and an Escalator Artist supported by Arts Council England East.

He has recently (July 2010) been involved in a project with virtuoso pianist Joanna MacGregor and theBritten Sinfonia playing a very special concert which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (Thurs 8th July) and included a repertoire ranging from J.S.Bach, Villa-Lobos and Gismonti to original compositions by Adriano Adewale.