Ebel Perrelli

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Ebel Perrelli
Birth name Ebel Perrelli
Genres Rock, jazz, Brazilian rhythms
Occupation(s) musician, composer
Instruments Drums
Years active 1980–present
Associated acts Fred Andrade
BPM Trio

Ebel Perrelli is a Brazilian composer and musician. Considered one of the best drummers in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, he has already played with many famous artists of that state, such as Lenine and Naná Vasconcelos, and from abroad, such as Chuck Silverman, Manu Katché and Jonathan Mover.[1] He was also a member of instrumental groups, such as Mallavoodoo, BPM Trio and Mandinga. Actually, he is a member of the band Cascabulho.


Ebel Perrelli started playing drums when he was teenager in a school band. His first studies were based on Stick control method, by George Lawrence Stone.[2] He continued his studies in the Conservatório Pernambucano de Música and in 1993 he graduated from the Musicians Institute of London, after completing the One Year Diploma Course.[3] He then became a teacher in the same conservatory where he studied and started his musical career, playing with many artists and bands of Pernambuco.[1]

In 1996, Perrelli joined the band Mallavoodoo, with Thales Silveira (bass), Mário Lobo (keyboards and saxophone) and Alexandre Bicudo (guitar). With them, he did many shows around Pernambuco and recorded an album in 2001, named O inverno e a garça.[4] However, Mallavoodo was only the first important band in which he played.

In 1998, Perrelli participated of Zildjian Day Recife, playing with Manu Katche, and one year later he won IV Batuka Music Festival in Best Improvisation category.[3] In 2000, he recorded his one and only solo album, named Portal, which is considered a landmark for instrumental music in Pernambuco, since it was the first independent album recorded by a non-vocal instrumentalist in that state.

In 2001, he joined the group Anynote Jazz Quartet, with Fred Andrade (guitar), Sidor Hulak (guitar) and Hélio Silva (bass), which attracted many music students during its shows.[5] In 2002, also with Andrade, he started a musical project, with the objective of mix rock and Brazilian rhythms. It was called Projeto Mandinga and lasted some months. During this period, Perrelli and Andrade did many shows in Brazil and recorded an album.[1][6]

In 2004, Perrelli played with the singer Nando Cordel, accompanying him during his tours for some years.[3] Parallel to this work, he also created the instrumental band BPM Trio around 2006, which counted on Luciano Magno (guitar) and Nando Barreto (bass). The name of the band was created with the initials of the second name of each musician: Barreto, Perrelli and Magno. However, it can be interpreted as 'beats per minute' too.[7] The band rescued some ideas created by Quarteto Novo: create a Brazilian instrumental music from Brazilian rhythms, like baião and xote. In fact, they were positively criticized by experts and played with Heraldo do Monte, one of the member of the group which inspired them.[8]

During his career, Perrelli also played and recorded with many other artists and bands, such as Luciano Magno, Beto Kaiser, Aratanha Azul and Sa Grama. At present (2013) Perrelli is member of the group Cascabulho, a famous band of Recife which was nominated for Latin Grammy in 2004.[9] He also teaches in the Conservatório Pernambucano de Música and organizes many shows and workshops around Brazil and the world, spreading Brazilian rhythms and their applications in contemporary music.[3][10]


  • 2000: Portal
  • 2000: Luciano Magno, by Luciano Magno
  • 2001: O inverno e a garça, by Mallavoodoo
  • 2001: Ilusões a granel, by Fred Andrade
  • 2002: Mandinga, with Fred Andrade
  • 2002: De volta à Terra, by Aratanha Azul
  • 2006: BPM Trio, by BPM Trio
  • 2007: Brincando de coisa séria, by Cascabulho

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  2. ^ "Ebel Perrelli fala sobre 'Dominguiando'; na dica, drum pads para bateristas". Mão na massa (in Portuguese). Showlivre.com. Retrieved 11 April 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d "SEMUC - Maurício Leite fala sobre 6º Encontro de Bateristas". Portal do Município de Cascavel (in Portuguese). 17 October 2006. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Nascimento, Débora (28 March 2001). "Mallavoodoo estréia com o álbum O Inverno e a Garça, que tem show de lançamento hoje na Opus Discos". Diário de Pernambuco (in Portuguese). Pernambuco.com. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Bandas ensaiam volta do circuito underground". JC Online (in Portuguese). 4 May 2001. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Mallavoodoo e Projeto Mandinga na Torre Malakoff". Pernambuco.com (in Portuguese). 7 December 2001. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ebel Perrelli e SpokFrevo Orquestra no Mão na Massa". Mão na Massa (in Portuguese). Showlivre.com. Retrieved 11 April 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ Toledo, Marcos Toledo. "Heraldo do Monte volta às origens; União pelo regional e pela improvisação". NordesteWeb (in Portuguese). Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Dib, André (21 December 2008). "Som vigoroso para fechar o ano". Diário de Pernambuco (in Portuguese). Pernambuco.com. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Ebel Perrelli". Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals (in Portuguese). Retrieved 11 April 2010.