Edmundo Carneiro was born in the summer of 1958 in Macaubal, a small town in the north of the state of São Paulo. Among his brothers, he will be the sole heir of his grandfather's passion for music.
Packed by the percussion of the party of Folia dos Reis that punctuated the seasons of its childhood, it will construct its life around a single question: the Rhythm.
While his colleagues played football, he was interested in vinyl records and joined the Fanfarra to study the snare drum and the bass drum.
At the beginning of his 14th birthday, his family moved to Campinas, where he attended the school orchestra and fell in love with Hermeto Pascal, Baden Powell and Jobim. Very quickly, he understands that behind the sound of his percussions what he actualy seeks are his black origins. No matter, he learns to play drums in a Umbanda terreiro, and later plays on ceremonies of the Camdomblé.
The songs of Milton Nascimento, Lo Borges and Tonino Horta accompany him in the music clubs where he acted exerting his talent in different ensembles.
At age 19, he won the award for best instrumentalist at the Campinas Music School Festival led by the great master Benito Juarez. Anna de Hollanda recognizes his talent and invites him to work in São Paulo where she presents him to José Celso Martinez Correia, great director of the Officina Theater.
A recognized figure in the music scene, Carneiro creates the group Extra with which plunges into the universe of composition.Zé Edouardo Nazario, his teacher of music, anarchist and original, presents an approach that favors the fusion and exchange of languages, the same philosophy that will develop and deepen later.