Ricardo Confessori (São Paulo, Brazil, 1969) started his musical life studying classic piano for 4 years and then gave-up...
It was when a friend, maniac for rock, showed him some pearls like Rush, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin among others, bringing Ricardo to the world of music all over again. Even listening to bands like these, it took Ricardo a little while to find out that his instrument would be the drums. No wonder Confessori confesses to be influenced by drummers like Ian Paice, John Bonham, Alex Van Halen and Tommy Aldridge
Today, though, we can tell time was not his enemy, as he is one of the greatest drummers on the scene, being acclaimed by many musicians and specialized magazines of music and instruments.
Ricardo played in Garcia & Garcia, with which he recorded the album "Mr. Fire" in 1990, a relic for the collectors and in Korzus for a year and a half, doing a lot of shows.
Confessori was not the first drummer in Angra. He assumed the spot only after the recordings of "Angels Cry" (first album of the band) was finished. To record that album, Angra counted with a special participation of Alex Holzwarth, from the band Sieges Even, Rapsody.
Besides being Shaman drummer, Ricardo Confessori has a side project too, "Motorblues", together with Luís Mariutti, a band of blues-influenced compositions!
In the end of the second semester of 2000, the good news came... the three musicians, who sold together more than a million copies worldwide and who performed uncountable tours, founded now once again together a new band: Shaman!
In 2002 their debut album was released: "Ritual", distributed by Universal Music in Brazil and released in more than 15 countries, such as Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Japan, Korea, etc...
The band soon reached a level of a big band and started to pack the venues. Until December of 2003, the Ritual Tour will reach the number of 77 concerts, between Europe, South America and Japan.
Ricardo's strongest points are the double bass drum and his Brazilian swing applied to metal music. He also has the skills of the "turn", the art of spinning the drum sticks while playing. Of course it has nothing to do with the ears but it always looks good, doesn't it...