Robertinho Silva is without a doubt one of the most significant Brazilian artists of the last decades. His art is to play the drums.
Since the start of his career, in the late 60's until today he participates
on recordings and plays in concerts of some greatest national and international
artists, besides recordings of his own, performances of his groups and workshops
on Brazilian rhythms all over the world.
His discography includes contributions on recordings of Milton Nascimento,
Joćo Donato, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Wayne Shorter, Paul Horn, George Duke,
Egberto Gismonti, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Raul de Souza, Dori Caymmi,
Cal Tjader, Sarah Vaughn, Gilberto Gil, Toninho Horta and most recently
Lisa Ono and Guilherme Vergueiro.
Lately Mr. Silva has been concentrating on his own band, Robertinho Silva e Familia, which features not surprisingly, his percussionist sons. Ronaldo and Wanderley Silva began working alongside Mr. Silva in Milton Nascimento's rhythm section about
eight years ago, and gained much valuable experience with the popular Brazilian singer/songwriter, recording and performing with him.
Mr. Silva has been also very busy making himself available master classes and workshops in many music schools and universities all over the world.
Mr. Silva's first album as a leader
was "Musica Popular Brasileira"
for Philips in 1981, followed by
"Bateria" in 1984 for Gismonti's
Carmo label and "Speak no Evil"
in 1989 for CBS in Brazil.
Out on Milestone just last year,
Speak No Evil was his first
American release and features
as special guests Joćo Donato,
Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto
Gismonti, Wayne Shorter, Paulo
Moura, among others.
"I consider my playing to be representative of Brazilian trap drumming, although it is, I think very influenced by American jazz. However, it is definitely Brazilian. In style, it is a mixture of the native rhythms of Brazil... I mean, I do not play
this rhythm or that rhythm specifically, but within what I play, you can feel the different geographical ingredients which have blended together."