Rubem Dantas Rodrigues was born in 1954 in Salvador de Bahía (Brazil) in a family that loved music. After some years dedicated to piano, Rubem´s anxious and curious nature led him to take an interest in percussion from Vadinho do Cantois, whom he considers his real maestro. He guided Rubem´s first steps and made him one of the most promising percussionists in the world.
In 1976 Rubem moved to Madrid, after some years of living in Paris, working with such musicians as Eddie Louis, Christian Escoudé, Dusty and Paco Serry. In Spain he met and collaborated with Jean Luc Vallet, Jaime Marques, Manolo Heredia Bonilla from Málaga, Tito Duarte, Richard Krull and Pepe Perera.
One day Paco de Lucia offered Rubem to participate in his new project, a quintet, that later turned into a sextet. It was then that Rubem introduced percussion into flamenco, whose rhythms filled up with sounds of bongo, darbuka, conga drum and bar chimes for the first time in history. This project became one of the most important in the music of the world, with which Rubem travelled around major stages of the world and was well received by the critics during more than 25 years. He also colaborated with Carles Benavent, Jorge Pardo, Ramón de Algeciras, Juan Ramírez,Manolito Soler, Joaquín Grilo, Pepe de Lucía, Duquende, Rafael de Utrera, Juan Manuel Cañizares, Viejín and José María Bandera.
During one of the tours with Paco de Lucia in America, Rubem discovered peruvian cajón and decided to include it during the concert of the same night to interprete Solo Quiero Caminar. That decision created a school, and flamenco adopted cajón forever as its own. From that day on, cajón became an essential instrument for any flamenco performance.
In November 2003 Chick Corea invited Rubem to become a part of his band during one of the tours around Spain to play with such outstanding musicians as Jeff Ballard, Avishai Cohen and Steve Wilson. This new group traveled round the world, giving important concerts in Europe and America and receiving big ovations of public and critics.
In August 2004 Rubem Dantas presented his innovative project in Cadiz; Rubem Dantas & Flamenco Big Band, the first band in the world of the sort, in which Carles Benavent, Carlos Carli, Jorge Pardo, Miguel Angel Chastang and Rafael de Utrera collaborate. In September 2007 his first CD came out, Festejo, featuring Paco de Lucía, Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent, Chano Domínguez, Chick Corea, Edith Salazar and Joaquín Grilo.
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