Henrique De Almeida - Bio 2018
Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music, Music Director – TheDrumSetCoach.com. Professor De Almeida holds a Masters Degree in Music Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi. He is a graduate of The Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He graduated in Jazz Composition. He is the leader of his own groups, The Henjosal Trio featuring Berklee Professors Joe Santerre on bass and Sal DiFusco on guitar. He also leads the Jazz Fusion group World News. Henrique endorses Humes & Berg drum cases. He is a clinician, for Yamaha Drums, LP Percussion, Vic Firth Sticks, Paiste Cymbals, Evans drumheads and Earthworks Microphones and Westone Audio In-ear monitor systems. An accomplished author and published clinician Henrique’s educational products are often ranked high in Modern Drummer Magazine (most recent 4.5 star- Double Bass Integration for The Jazz Fusion Drummer) his books are currently available through the top publishing companies such Berklee Press, Hall Leonard, Carl Fischer, Amazon.com and online schools such as Drumeo for which He is a on faculty as well. In 2017 Henrique became the music director of the online school TheDrumSetCoach.com
Henrique is in high demand as a teacher, producer/composer and sought after artist Henrique is approached by shows such as ABC - “Dancing with The Stars" and other enterprises. He is constantly delivering praised products to the music industry and designing courses for the Berklee Percussion Department. Henrique works with some of the biggest names in the TV industry, such as HBO and commercial world to include writing original music for TV campaign with companies such as Victoria Secret and Australian David Jones Department stores. He also recorded and toured nationally and internationally with acclaimed USAFA Falconaires Contemporary Big Band, and The USAFA Rock band Blue Steel. Henrique has performed several times at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. He writes articles for Modern Drummer Magazine, performs at music conferences such as PASIC - Percussive Arts Society International Convention, JEN – Jazz Educators Network, and numerous Jazz Festivals around the world. Henrique has performed for The President of the United States, Vice President, and Secretary of Defense. He has performed with an enormous range of artists: David Ellefson (Megadeth) Victor Wooten, Leo Blanco, Steve Hunt (Allan Holdsworth) , Bruce Gertz, Dave Samuels, Jerry Bergonzi, Gloria Estefan, Nat Adderley, Bill Cosby, Antonio Hart, Christopher Holiday, Donny McCaslin, Chris Speed, Igor Butman, Dave Valentin, Scotty Barnhart, Tiger Okoshy, Larry Coryell, Jeff Berlin, Stanton Moore, Billy Cobham, Nelson Rangel, Jeff Narell, Ira Sullivan, Victor Mendonza, Danilo Perez, Phil Wilson, Baron Brown, Matt Garrison, Bill Summers, Hilton Ruiz, Betty Carter, Willie Williams, Nando Lauria, (Pat Metheny Group) Brazilian Pop Stars: Alceu Valenca, Gilberto Gill, Raul De Souza, Luiz Gonzaga, Hermeto Paschoal, also Brian Lynch, Ronnie Matthews, David Williams, Luciana Souza, Katy Webster, and Oscar Kartaia among others. More at TheDrumSetCoach.com
“Henrique has created a very comprehensive package that can enhance the performance of any drummer who wants to take their playing to the next level. The way the exercises are designed to work with different styles, or just as stand-alone workouts, is very well put together. I encourage anybody trying to break the barrier of double bass drumming to try out this book."
—Antonio Sanchez, Multiple GRAMMY Award Winner (Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Gary Burton)
“Henrique De Almeida is a master drummer who has provided the drum community with a clear, methodical, and musical approach to learning double bass-drum technique—demonstrating it in a way that is musically appropriate, as opposed to merely flamboyant exhibition. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to develop or further enhance their double bass-drum technique. And I personally look forward to studying this as well, with Henrique as my guide."
—Terri Lyne Carrington, Multi GRAMMY Award Winner (Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones)
“Incredible! Henrique always manages to write books to help the drummers and percussionists, no matter what. His double pedal technique is exquisite and challenging, but musical and inspiring. I feed from him! This book, like his others, is an inspiration, and it comes from the heart!
—Walfredo Reyes Sr. (Tito Puente, Louie Bellson, Alex Acuna, Wayne Newton, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr.)
“Feast your eyes on the one double bass drumming book on the market that is innovative and challenging and yet takes you from very simple beginnings to sheer beautiful passion and musicality, with real-life double bass-drum etudes. Double Bass Drum Integration goes beyond merely touting the work of famous and respected drummers. It also shows you how the esteemed Berklee professor Henrique De Almeida actually uses this fresh material in spontaneous live performance. He guides the reader to achieve true excellence, one small, easy step at a time.
Though its title says jazz and funk, if you can master the musical elements presented in this book, you can fly spontaneously in whatever genre you wish, from jazz to speed metal. You’ll be an innovator with this book! What are you waiting for? Together, let’s rock! Let’s advance!"
“Henrique has done his due diligence. There is an immense amount of information in this book. His approach to double bass outside it's traditional role is not only creative but practical/realistic. His book gives today's young drummer an unfair advantage:-) I salute you."
- Tommy Aldridge Black Oak Arkansas, Pat Travers, Vinnie More, Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, and Whitesnake.
"Henrique’s new book Double Bass Integration contains an enormous range of technical and musical exercises and is loaded with so many great practice tips and ideas, that it’s literally a gold mine for anyone wanting to master double bass drumming. Whether you’re a student or a professional, you will get so much out of this book, and the audio tracks feature Henrique’s masterful drumming perfectly demonstrating how to seamlessly apply double bass drumming into a wide variety of musical settings. Bravo Henrique, you’ve done it again!!!"
—Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny Group, Larry Coryell Power Trio, Kurt Elling, Paul Winter, Wertico Cain & Gray, Assistant Professor of Jazz at Roosevelt University)
What we have here in “Double Bass Integration" by Henrique de Almeida is something that opens our head in terms of new opportunities for our musical growth. A course based on the true foundations of the art of drumming. Henrique’s double bass approach is very rich, clear and objective. It mixes various styles with a smart way to play with two bass drums. All of us in the drumming community have to thank Henrique for his devotion, and precious study time to provide us all with more knowledge.
- Aquiles Priester Brazilian heavy Metal Drummer Band Angra
“ Henrique’s playing is tight, tasty and great to watch…. his solo work is excellent and his Jazz Latin and more advanced odd group (rhythms) are very musical" -
Australia #1 Drum Magazine
"I remember Henrique as one of the great players I looked up to during my studies at Berklee College of Music. Now a seasoned educator, in his DVD the Moeller Technique Workshop, Henrique offers great insight into a very useful technique, along with very clear explanations every step of the way! From beginner to pro, everyone should check out this great DVD!"
Faculty The Drummers Collective New York
“Perfect! It is a beautiful thing when you combine talent, technique and musical abilities"
Jazz Legend and Educator
“Henrique is one of the hardest working students I have ever had at Southern Miss. Because of his incessant practicing, several faculty members moved their offices to another floor! It is no surprise to me that Henrique has become a great player and educator, now sharing his talents with the world. In his DVD he explains the Moeller Technique very well but just watching Henrique play is proof enough as to why all drummers should practice this technique. Inspiring and informative, congratulations Henrique"
Dr. John Wooton
Director of Percussion Studies
University of Southern Mississippi
I’ve been following Henrique’s career for years and is no surprise to find a high quality instructional material. The DVD captures in detail all the steps one have to take to improve their technique on the drum set. Henrique explains each exercise with clarity, control and confidence, all the elements required for any musician and teacher alike.
I highly recommend the Moeller Technique Workshop DVD for your collection, as a source of important information to elevate your playing to a new level.
Faculty The Drummers Collective
"Henrique is a world-class drummer. He is what I call a New York Session-Drummer. He can play anything!
..and no matter what he plays, over the bar line and all that stuff he does, he comes back on the "One" Bang! ..He always knows where the "One" is!
JAZZ BASSIST LEGEND
"That puts you [Henrique] in the same class with Buddy Rich and Allan Dawson. They both used their prodigious technical abilities to play musically'
The Berklee College Of Music
“Of all the professors that I have had through my 6 semesters here at Berklee, Henrique is the one who have made me feel valued the most. His infite knowledge of the subject, his brilliant communication skills and his unstoppable energy is unique, and has made me - as a student - feel highly appreciated. No professor have I ever learned so much from, not just on the subject, but on being a musician in general. Henrique is truly a caring human being." - Berklee Student spring 2016 Polyrhythms Lab
“Henrique is one of the most talented teachers I have ever met. His ways of teaching are so insanely helpful and constructive. He cares endlessly for his students and just wants nothing more then to have them succeed. If he’s hard on you its always for a reason and its always just for your benefit. If you want to learn something and want it to stick with you for your whole life, Henrique’s the guy to go to." - – Berklee student spring 2016 –private lessons
“One of the highest level educators iv ever experienced studying with."
- Berklee student-spring 2016 –Intro to Brazilian & Afro-Cuban Rhythms for the Drumset
“Henrique is an amazing teacher. I can tell he really went as deep as possible it can be concerning the polyrhythms concepts. He's really demanding, always pushing you, what makes each class challenging." – Berklee student 2015 Polyrhythms Lab.
“[Henrique is] One of the most inspiring and professional teachers I had at Berklee! Berklee student 2015 Moeller Technique Lab.
“Henrique is a beast and anyone could learn a lot from him. I signed up for him again next semester. And the [ Moeller Technique ] book he wrote for it is amazingly useful." - Berklee student 2015 Moeller Technique Lab.
“AWSOME:) Henrique is the Master:) He got me to the next level of drumming:) Everything in this course is a must to know if you want to be one of the greats:)" Berklee student spring 2015 –private lessons
“Henrique is the sheer epitome of the caliber of musicianship that Berklee holds itself to. Having Henrique as a private instructor has taught me various ways to regiment my work ethic, make future life decisions, and up my sight-reading game. Henrique is the ever lasting truism of chops and the fastest way to get humbled." Berklee student spring 2015 –private lessons