Kiko Freitas

Kiko Freitas was born in Porto Alegre in 1969. By the age of four, Kiko started playing bombo leguero (traditional Brazil/Argentinian drum) following in his father’s footsteps. Kiko’s mother, Beatriz Castro, was a singer, so he was brought up around music.Once Kiko reached eight years old, he started to study acoustic guitar—but still loved to hit anything that would produce a sound!

As Kiko grew into an adult he was drawn to electric instruments and played the electric bass. Music got serious for Kiko in 1987, after studying with Argus Montenegro and at the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre school. Kiko was one of the top drummers in Brazil by the 1990s, and continued to take part in concerts, recording sessions and workshops to make a name for himself. Further into the ’90s, Kiko travelled to Los Angeles and worked with well-known jazz musicians including Dough Lunn, Vadeem Zilberstein and John Leftwich. Since then, Kiko has accomplished many things and as an educator, has conducted many workshops in Brazil and abroad.

Recently, Kiko has been playing in João Bosco´s band. Each year the band tour around Brazil, USA and Europe, including concerts with the great Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Lesson Packs Featuring Kiko Freitas

Samba Pack 1

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Samba Pack 2

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