ABOUT ADRIANO ADEWALE
Brazilian percussionist/composer Adriano Adewale is a versatile musician and performer, known for his unconventional and exploratory approach to music, and for his ability to create magical soundscapes from the seemingly banal.
With an intriguing array of worldwide percussion instruments as well as his unique vocal percussion skills, Adriano has nurtured a sound world of his own. Adewale has an unique ability to play and create mesmerising atmospheres and soundscapes; he paints with sounds, telling stories through music. His percussion playing is creative and innovative, revealing beauty with subtle touch, combined with deep and powerfully crafted infectious grooves. The poetry created by Adewale’s heartfelt, thoughtful drumming in addition to a masterful delivery of his artwork, has captivated and mesmerised audiences from around the world.
Adriano has released several critical acclaim albums with his own international ensemble the ‘Adriano Adewale Group’, as well as in collaboration with Benjamim Taubkin, Nathan Riki Thomson, Emilia Marttenson to mention but a few. He has shared the stage with world leading artists including Bobby McFerrin, Joanna McGregor, Benjamin Taubkin.
Adriano has also made a name for himself as curator, an artistic director and a sought-after composer who works with cross-genre art forms. He writes and arranges music for small to large ensembles, youth choirs and orchestras. Adewale’s music connects musicians, communities and audiences from different backgrounds to come together as a team. Amongst others, Adriano has been commissioned by London Jazz Festival, Bath Music festival, Royal Opera House (London), Theatre Rites and Phoenix Dance Company.
"When Adriano selects his instruments it’s with the surety of knowing the exact sound required"
"Adewale combines his Brazilian and African roots brilliantly in a captivating synthesis."
“Adriano Adewale boasts an imposing collection of firepower yet deploys it with rare restraint.”
“London-based Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale has lately been proving he’s a priceless asset“
JOHN FORDHAM, THE GUARDIAN
“A whole percussion orchestra by himself”
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE