JORGE CASA GRANDE
Jorge Casagrande started playing drums in 1984 in Padre Miguel, on the west Rio de Janeiro, influenced by brazilian bands such as Legião Urbana, Paralamas do Sucesso, Peble Rude and Ira!. His first instrument was a lamp using a bird perch as drumstick. When he got his first job, Casagrande could afford to pay his first drum course, where he learnt to read music, and from this point on he never stopping studying.
Casagrande played in several rock houses and, from his early age, he liked playing drums, and he used to study up to 7 hours each day. Later on, he studied with the teacher Guedes (Estácio de Sá), with Damaso Cerruti, with whom he learned composition, with João Aires, but his major training was with Rui Motta with whom he studied 5 years, becoming a professional.
Today, Jorge leads an Orchestra of drummers in Rio de Janeiro and has 3 schools focused only on drummers and percussionists.
The Jorge Casagrande Drum Orchestra has performed more than 200 shows in places such as: Largo São Francisco, Largo da Carioca, Aterro do Flamengo, Campo Grande Square, and also TV shows such as: Multishow and Programa Carreira de Sucesso in Rede Record TV. He was awarded a prize of best street project in the western Rio area, the prize for cultural expression given by the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro and he has been the front cover of several newspapers of great expression as: The Day, O Globo and Jornal do Brasil. Currently, Jorge Casagrande is preparing the repertoire for his new instrumental workshop called Brazilian Jazz. But the great dedication of Jorge Casagrande is the coordination of the three units of the School, where he is the director.
“Today my main concern is to offer maximum quality, always looking for the best, regarding percussion and drums, and always prepare the student for any situation that the music market will require.”
He is also dedicating his time to give total support to the students at Music From Brazil.
He also dedicates himself to the students of Music From Brazil, giving them a special support, knowing that Brazilian music has, for a long time, conquered a huge space in the world, and that, through video lessons, it is possible to bring to everybody this vast Brazilian musical universe.