Hailing from Salvador, Leo is a professional musician, choreographer and dancer known for his explosive performance energy and magnetic stage presence.
Leo took his first drumming lesson at the age of 8 with Neguinho do Samba, master from the world famous percussion ensemble Olodum (creators of the Samba Reggae rhythm). He trained with renowned Axe choreographer Vladmir “Bambam” from Bailacommigo Dance Company in Salvador and worked with him for 10 years as a choreographer, performer and instructor touring around Brazil. Together they created choreographies for the hits from many well known bands including Parangole, Psirico, Oz Bambas, Harmonia do Samba, Cafune, Cortezia and Miskuta. Since moving to Australia in 2006, Leo travels to Brazil regularly to train and perform with leading artists there. He has studied percussion with Dede Reis (one of Carlinhos Brown’s percussionists) and Thiago from Olodum. He has also performed as a backing vocalist with the band Swing do Bam Bam.
Leo is one Rhythm Brazil’s principal performers and has performed at nearly every major festival and event since the company’s inception including the recent tour to Indonesia. In addition to Rhythm Brazil, Leo is also the director of his own band, Batida de Rua in which he is a lead percussionist and vocalist.