About Bernardo Aguiar and Brian Potts

Bernardo Aguiar (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Brian Potts (Miami, FL) have collaborated on percussion-based projects for nearly a decade. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Bernardo performs with greats like Carlos Malta, Martinho da Vila, and Snarky Puppy, bringing the pandeiro to the forefront in various settings. His collaboration with Gabriel Policarpo, Pandeiro Repique Duo, is one of the most innovative acts in Brazil. Brian Potts earned his DMA from the University of Miami, studying with renowned Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro. His doctoral essay explored the life and art of the revolutionary pandeiro player, Marcos Suzano. This work led him to Brazil where he and Bernardo, alongside Gabriel, founded PRD Mais, a percussion supergroup signed to the GroundUP Music label. Bernardo and Brian also created Groove Arte, an online school of rhythm, that hosts their Pandeiro Moderno method. They both are supported by Cooperman Frame Drums and Contemporânea Percussion.

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