Born: August 28, 1975
Brazilian born, New York City-based drummer/composer Mauricio Zottarelli has been on the forefront of the Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music scenes for years. Coming from a musical family, Mauricio was born in Santos, SP, Brazil, but grew up in Rio Claro, SP in a highly musical environment.
His first few years as a professional musician consisted of many performances throughout his native country as well as studio and session work with different artists and bands. At the same time, he pursued a degree in Computer Science, and concluded his studies in 1997. Mauricio moved to the U.S. in 1999 after winning a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA. He majored in Film Scoring, Performance and Arranging, and graduated from the prestigious college in 2002....
“(…) Featuring Zottarelli’s many different rhythmic and compositional skills, this album is high-quality Brazilian jazz”. H.Sugita - Swing Journal – JAPAN - review of the CD “7 Lives”
“Outstanding – Much more than drums,cymbals, and drumsticks. 4 stars.” L. Nobile - Newspaper “O Estado de São Paulo”, Brazil - review of the CD “7 Lives”
“Ruzza is aided immensely throughout by her co producer, the superb Brazilian drummer Mauricio Zottarelli.” JazzTimes.com – review about Amanda Ruzza’s CD This is what happened
(….) An excellent example of how a record from a great musician should be done; on which the creativity, good taste, and musicality are all highly valued...