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Sergio Krakowski - pandeiro

Born on December 18th 1979, Sergio dedicated his whole life to the Pandeiro, also known as the Brazilian Tambourine. A complete “hand drum kit”, this instrument has always been considered a symbol of Brazilian Music and Culture. Crossing whatever national and cultural barrier, Sergio made this instrument a possible tool in various musical genres, from the Choro, the fundament of Brazilian Music, to Jazz, Contemporary and Electronic Music.  In twenty years of career, Sergio Krakowski has shared the stage with artist such as Maria Bethânia, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Tigran Hamasyan, Lenine, Chico César, David Linx, Chano Domínguez, Maria João, Mario Laginha, Nelson Veras, Yamandú Costa and Hamilton de Holanda.

In June 2013, Sergio moved to New York and got involved in many musical projects, recorded on the album “Anacapa” by David Binney, joined Edmar Castañeda’s World Music Ensemble, played with Cyro Baptista at the legendary experimental music headquarter, The Stone, and joined the Choro Aventuroso, Anat Cohen's Brazilian music band that performed in NYC's most prestigious stages such as the Lincoln Center and 54 Below, and outside NYC, at the Umbria Winter Jazz Festival.

Krakowski's most personal and powerful current musical statement can be found in his new album “Pássaros : The Foundation of the Island” to be released on June 2nd, 2016 on Ruweh Records. Six songs inter-connected by a technique of rhythm metamorphosis that has been the subject of Sergio's musical researches for several years and, together with free form jazz tools, creates a unique and unified flow of music, that searches deep into the roots of Brazilian music and well beyond it.

Besides his musical career, Sergio plunged into the application of his knowledge acquired in a Computer Music PhD to allow percussion instruments to trigger videos, control effects and interact with the machine, creating real time dialogues between percussionist and computer.  This research turned into an electronic music project named “Talking Drums“ that has been presented in a myriad of stages such as The Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, The Stone, Drom NYC, (Le) Poisson Rouge NYC and Circo Voador, in Rio de Janeiro.