Carlos Ferreira comes from Vila Isabel, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) which is to samba what old New Orleans is to jazz. He is (as they say in Rio) a "Carioca da Gema" - a genuine Carioca.. (Only people born in Vila Isabel are considered to be "Carioca da Gema").
Carlos is self-taught and started playing the "drums" (old tins he and his childhood friends used to collect from the streets of Vila Isabel and Grajau in the 50's) at the age of six. Later he developed his style playing samba drums in some of Rio's most important Samba Schools.
Carlos is a staunch fan of Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (Brazil's most passionate football club with over 30 million supporters nationwide). From 1965, he started playing percussion with major Flamengo's "torcidas" (cheer squad) in Maracana stadium in Rio). In 1969 he started playing with Torcida Flamante.
He has performed with his bands in many festivals around Australia and all major jazz venues in Melbourne including the Melbourne International Festival, Melbourne Spoleto Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Montsalvat International Jazz Festival, St. Kilda Festival, Brunswick St. Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Stir Fry Jazz Festival (Hobart), All Ears World Music Festival (Hobart), Melbourne Concert Hall, Limerick Arms Hotel, OZCAT, Dr. Jazz, Victorian Arts Centre, Miettas (Creative Music Series - recorded by ABC radio), Paris Cat Jazz Club, The Malthouse, Jazz Lane, The Ritz, Vineyard, Dizzy's and Bennetts Lane, Jambalaya Festival New Zealand), The Cave 2 (Edinburgh), The Rag Jazz Club (Kyoto, Japan), Papa Blues (Bonn, Germany), Munich Town Hall (Germany), Tsuen Wan Town Hall (Hong Kong), Yuen Long Theatre (Hong Kong), Guanabara (London) and Wellington International Jazz Festival (New Zealand) just to name a few.
Carlos has established Australia's first smoke-free jazz club (OZCAT - April 1999). His initiative was very successful and as a consequence, other jazz clubs in Melbourne adopted the same healthy policy. His push for smoke-free clubs was backed by Vic Health and QUIT.
He has been producing Brazilian events in Australia and overseas for over 20 years., including the Rio, Red & Black Carnival Party, an annual Brazilian club carnival party he started in 1993 and which attracts hundreds of guests every year since then (See video clip below).
Carlos has extensively travelled overseas where he both performed and organised workshops. Countries visited include Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, England, Scotland, Sweden, Slovenia, Iceland, Japan, USA, Germany and Switzerland.
SBS RADIO INTERVIEW
VIVA BRAZIL 2005 - FEDERATION SQUARE - MELBOURNE
Carlos plays all the Brazilian percussion on this track. Recorded and mixed by Carlos Ferreira at his home studio.
"Carlos Ferreira lives in Melbourne for 20 years now. Samba and Batucada are part of his life. In this interview ( conducted in Portuguese) Carlos Ferreira (photo) talks about his work, his music and his love".
By Maria-Gabriela on 14 April 2005