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Sergio Cassiano

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Primary Instrument: Pandeiro

Born: August, 1967    

Sérgio Cassiano (percussion and voice) graduated in music from the Federal University of Pernambuco. He has preformed with several theater groups as a musician and actor including “Havia Brasil” (There was a Brazil) and “Cor-de-Chuva” (Color of Rain). He played on the soundtracks for the plays Quixotinadas, Um Deus Dormiu Lá em Casa (A God Slept There at Home), and Salubaf, and created the sound effects for the piece O Pastoril do Véio Cangote. Additionally, he has performed with Naná Vasconcelos, Ivan Lins, and has recorded with numerous artists.

At least 27,000 recordings were released last year around the world. Somewhere within them was one cd that was just right for you: it was filled with the kind of music that speaks to you most, that sets your heart on fire with the selfless, nameless excitement that only art and love can inspire. It was a recording you would play day and night, and for every friend and relative within earshot. But sadly you never heard it. How could you? The odds were against you: 27,000 to 1. Every year the pop and jazz critics of the New York Times try to lower those odds with the alternative top 10, a list of high-quality recordings that almost got away in the preceding year. These are not by the bands you were assaulted with all year long on the radio but CD'S that lay tucked away in a obscure corner of the globe, in a tiny one-room record store selling independent recordings or lost in the racks underneath life-size Backstreet Boys cutouts at chain stores. No two critics envision this list the same way: among other things, it is an opportunity to spot-up-and-coming talent, to cite favorites that just missed the cut in the traditional year-end Top 10 list or to come to the rescue of a critically or commercially maligned mainstream. - NY Times

The rediscovery and conversion of Northeastern music to a commanding pop posture is one of the most refreshing waves to wash up on the Brazilian music scene since Recife's Armorial movement in the 1970's -Brazzil magazine

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