The brazilian-born and New York City–based drummer and composer Mauricio Zottarelli has been on the forefront of the Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music scenes for many years.
A Berklee College of Music graduate, Mauricio is a critically acclaimed and award winning drummer and artist. He is credited in more than 70 albums so far in his career, and has worked with dozens of the most important and notable artists of today, crossing over many musical styles.
Some of them are: Hiromi, Dig Trio, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Prasanna, Esperanza Spalding, Keiko Matsui, Richard Bona, Paquito D’Rivera, Cláudio Roditi, Joe Locke, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike Pope, Ivan Lins, Carmen Souza, Chuck Loeb, Rosa Passos, Dom Salvador, Jovino Santos Neto, Nilson Matta, Toninho Horta, Filó Machado, Cidinho Teixeira group, Gustavo Assis Brasil, Marc Rossi Group, Hendrik Meurkens, Oriente Lopez, among many others.
In 2009 Mauricio released 7 Lives, his first album as a leader, and in 2011 came MOZIK, a collaboration project with pianist Gilson Schachnik. Both discs have been receiving high praises from critics and fans worldwide.
Mauricio has been featured on the prestigious Jazz Station website for three years in a row as one of the top 10 drummers of the year, and in 2012 he won the most important music award in Brazil, the Brazilian Music Awards, with legendary pianist Dom Salvador.
Mauricio is active also as a teacher and educator, and has performed clinics and workshops in Brazil, USA and Europe.