Fabio Oliveira

Fabio Oliveira

Fabio Oliveira
Head of Percussion

Fabio Oliveira

Contact Info
856-256-4500 x53546
Rm 163

Biography

Dr. Oliveira is a performer and educator with a wide variety of professional experiences as percussionist, improviser and conductor, working regularly in orchestral, chamber, solo and artist accompaniment settings, and navigating consistently between European classical and traditional Brazilian music.  Transversing these traditions is an important and distinctive feature of his work. As a scholar, Fabio concentrated in matters related to multiple-percussion performance - dealing with music by Aperghis, Xenakis and Tutschku, preparing performances with live electronics, text translation in Instrumental Musical Theatre, composer-performer collaboration, and instrument building. He's also theorized and published about traditional Brazilian Pagode Music. Dr. Oliveira has recordings released on Tzadik, New World Records and Mode Records.

Since the fall of 2019, Dr. Oliveira has been the Director of Percussion Studies at Rowan University (NJ, USA), as well as a member of the PAS New Music / Research Day Committee. He's also been a percussion judge and consultant to the Samba Carnival Parades in São Paulo, Brazil, since 2017. Between 2009 and 2019 he lead the establishment of a growing community of percussionists residing and creating work in the heart of Brazil, in the town of Goiânia. There he directed percussion and drum-set studies at the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), and co-founded NΞP³, the Nucleus for Excellence in Education, Research and Performance in Percussion.  The center aggregates percussion generated musical investigation and performance, and coordinates activities across 4 higher ed campuses. From its creation in 2013, CΞP³ won multiple prizes and awards (FUNARTE, SECULT, MEC), as well as federal and state research grants (CNPQ, CAPES, FAPEG, IFG), with funding of about $1,150,000.