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Internationally acclaimed Grammy® Nominee Percussionist/Drummer Tupac Mantilla is nowadays one of the most versatile and creative upcoming artist of his generation.

His work as a Performer, Educator, Producer and Clinician has been highly recognized worldwide and includes appearances in major Festivals, Institutions and Venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Harvard University, Stanford University, The Montreal, North Sea, Perugia, Montreux, Gent, Nice, Newport Jazz Festivals among many others; as well as several percussion oriented workshops and conferences for prestigious multi-national companies around the world.

An accomplished percussionist with a Master of Music Honors Degree from the New England Conservatory (Boston, USA) and the 1st. Prize recipient of the 2002 Bogota's Philarmonic Orchestra's Classical Soloist Competition, Mr. Mantilla has collaborated and performed with artists such as Ustad Zakir Hussain, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Tisziji Muñoz, Bob Moses, Steve Smith, John Medeski, Michael Cain, Cecil McBee, Jamey Haddad, Deepak Ram, Julian Lage and the Bogota's Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Mantilla is the Director of the Children’s Program for the Panama Jazz Festival and the Founder and Artistic Director for Colombia’s top experimental Percussion Group TEKEYÉ® and the Global Percussion Network PERCUACTION®.


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New York City

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Advanced only


TUPAC MANTILLA – Teaching Experience   Percussionist and Drummer TUPAC MANTILLA is highly recognized as a worldwide class instructor with almost 20 years of teaching experience in several countries around the world. With his creative systems and programs, Mr. Mantilla has become a Pioneer percussionist in Latin America being the founder and director of the first institutional program based on the Stomp Technique (Colombia - Javeriana University, 2004). A highly regarded performer and scholar, MANTILLA has created and guided numerous workshops through his Global Percussion Network PERCUACTION oriented to universities, academic programs, commercial companies, and governmental institutions throughout the Americas as well as Europe, based on Body Percussion, World Rhythms, Improvisation and the use of regular objects as musical instruments. He was a faculty member at Javeriana University and El Bosque University in Colombia from 2002 to 2005 and became a Teacher Assistant at the New England Conservatory (Boston USA) in 2006. In 2008 he was named by famous jazz pianist Danilo Perez, Director of the Children’s Program at the Panama Jazz Festival, where he regularly coaches and gives percussion related workshops. Most recently Mr. Mantilla was invited by the Literature Department at the prestigious Harvard University (Boston - USA) to give a lecture on his “Sound Metaphors in Music” workshop - 2009. In the same order, Stanford University (California – USA) contacted him in 2010 to join the Stanford Jazz Workshop Program as a Faculty Member. In 2010 Mr. MANTILLA is launching as the Artistic Director his percussion project PERCUACTION, a global percussion company that mainly focuses its interest in reaching out to underprivileged communities and children through percussion education and Music.

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