Born in the south of Brazil in the city of Taquara, Raphael recalls growing up listening to his father’s records, which consisted mostly of brazilian artists such as Chico Buarque, Vitor Ramil, Gilberto Gil, Caetano, Baden Powell and Jobim, as well as the Beatles, Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan.
He started playing drums at the age of 12 while trying to figure out the mechanics of the instrument by himself. A much deeper connection to the instrument began three years later, around 2002, when he met his first musical guru Kiko Freitas. Kiko taught him the fundamentals of rhythm and drums, which he keeps developing to this day.
When he was 18, he entered Business School where he earned his degree after 6 years. While attending school, music was never out of his day by day routine. During that period, he started to read about music theory and to learn the basics of other instruments such as guitar and piano. it was at that time that he was one of the students selected to participate on the prestigious Projeto Rondon, where he had the opportunity to be a volunteer in social causes both in Brazil and Canada.
Raphael has been performing with some of the most awarded musicians of his time, including Susana Baca, Joyce Moreno and Rosa Passos, to name a few. Some of his mentors in Boston includes Ian Froman, Bob Gullotti, Ra Kalam Bob Moses, Kenny Werner, Mitch Haupers, Alain Mallet, Leo Blanco, Bertram Lehmann, and the list goes on. A graduate from Berklee College of Music, Raphael now seeks to keep developing his musical ideas with his peers.
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