PERCUSSIONIST, INDEPENDENT MUSIC PROFESSIONAL, PRODUCER AND COMPOSER
Ruca is a live and studio percussionist/composer/producer who has recorded more than 180 albums with artists from around the globe. He played or recorded with artists such as Sadao Watanabe, Anna Maria Jopek, Rão Kyao, Madredeus, Teresa Salgueiro, Nancy Vieira, António Chainho, Susan Palma-Nidel, Gil Goldstein, Paulo de Carvalho, Couple Coffee, A Fúria do Açúcar, Rui Veloso, Ivan Lins, Paulo Bragança, Martinho da Vila, Fafá de Belém, Luiz Caracol, J.P. Simões, Silvana Peres, Fred Martins, Tommy Campbell, Bob Sadin, Steve Thornton, Mike Ryan, Karl Seglem, Sérgio Godinho, Vitorino, Filipa Pais, George Witty, Moonspell, D'alambre and many, many more. Ruca is currently working on his debut solo album. The album will be distributed in Portugal, Brazil, the USA and will be also available for listen and download on Spotify, Deezer, Itunes and many more... Ruca lives and works in Europe.
Memórias de Viagem - Karl Seglem
São 100 anos de Carnaval - NBC & Susana Felix
As Mãos - Paulo Bragança (Adriano80); Por Esse Mar Abaixo - Carlos Alberto Moniz
Sinestesias - Miguel Pyrrait; "Minha Terra" - Ruca Rebordão
Joana Amendoeira - "Na volta da maré"; Rão Kyao - "Gandhi", Noposong - NOPO Orquestra
Ruca Rebordão - "O Dundo"; Joaquim Correia - " Expedição ao TIBETE com música na bagagem"; 80em40tena - "Não é o Fim"; Karl Seglem; Duarte Coxo "Reviravolta"
"Fragmentos" - Eddie; "Les Voix des 7 Sóis - Live in Pombal" -
Les Voix des 7 Sóis
"Ernesto Leite - in Vivo"; "Pescador" - Guilherme Neves;
"Claridade" - Mário Piçarra; "Bandida" - Marta Dias & Carlos Barreto Xavier; "Augusta" - Matias Damásio; "Vale Santiago" -
Ruca Rebordão; "Tons Azuis" - Silvia Nazário; "Lisboa à Solta" -
Susan Palma-Nidel; "Samba da Matrafona" - Susana Felix, Zeca Pagodinho e Emicida
Aventuras da Alma" – Rão Kyao; “Fado no Pé” – Silvana Peres; “Metade e Meia” – Luiz Caracol; “Gravação do Concerto dias da Música 2017 at CCB by Antena 2” – Trio Orfeu (Ruca Rebordão, Fred Martins and Jed Barahal)
Various – Siesta XII – Biel; “Quantas Tribos – Marta Dias; "Sem Fronteiras" - Gustavo Roriz ; “Lisboa Íntima – Susan Palma -Nidel; “Beijo de Luz” – Yami Aloelela
D'alambre "Tierra Seca y Caramelo"; Marta Dias; António Chainho "Cumplicidades"; Phillipe Baden Powell - "Notes Over Poetry";
Hotel Bossa Nova - "Desordem e progresso"; Viviane – "Confidências"; Fanfarra alfares "Bonitas canções malditas"
Viviane “Dia Novo”; João Afonso “Sangue Bom”; Couple Coffee & Band “Co as Tamanquinhas do Zeca”; Rogério Charráz “Espelho”; Karina Gomes “Mindjer”; António Chainho “50 Anos de Carreira”; Jorge Fernando; Pierre Aderne “Caboclo”, …
JP Simões “Roma”; Luiz Caracol “Devagar”; Marito Marques “Magic Everywhere”; Filipe Mukenga “Meu lado Gumbê”; Cristina Nobrega
Rão Kyao “Coisas que a gente sente”; Pierre Aderne; Mário Garnacho; António Chainho; Paulo de Carvalho “Duetos de Lisboa”; Filipe Pinto “Cerne”
"Sobremesa" - Anna Maria Jopek; Zurawski Ensemble; Canções de Embalar (Teresa Salgueiro, Luanda Cozetti, Rui Veloso and many more produced by José Peixoto); Fados e Canções do Alvim; Samadhi “Pure Light” (Rão Kyao and Ruca Rebordão)
Madredeus e a Banda Cósmica “Castelos na Areia”; Estrada de Capim" - Paulo Soares; Carlos Lopes; Couple Coffee “Quarto Grão”; Avô Cantigas, Rosa Negra
Rão Kyao “Em’Cantado”; António Chainho “Lisgoa”; Madredeus e a Banda Cósmica “A Nova Aurora”; Madredeus e a banda Cósmica DVD – live concert at Teatro Ibérico; Eduardo Viegas
Madredeus & a Banda Cósmica “Metafonia”; Couple Coffee “Young and Lovely”-Live; João Gil; João Portugal,; Beto “Por minha conta e risco”, José Luis Tinoco “Arquipélago”; Hugo Jerony; Velez “Continuando”
Teresa Salgueiro & Lusitânia Ensemble “La Serena”; Couple Coffee “Co’as Tamanquinhas do Zeca”; Donna Maria; Luis e a Lata; Yami “Aloelela”; Xaile.
"La Vie en Rose" - Silvie Canabe; Rão Kyao live in Italy; Claud; Cristina Q, Miguel Camilo; Rão Kyao with the Coimbra Symphony; Vitor Vassalo
Rão Kyao (Porto Alto); Jorge Vadio; Mafalda Sacchetti; Donna Maria; Velez; Roberto Leal; DVD recording Coliseu do Porto com Miguel e André; Mola Dudle; Quinteto Lusitânia; João Portugal.
João Portugal Acústico; Blister; Cys
Roberto Leal; Arrepios DAlma; Jorge Rivotti; Fogo Di Mari; Kussondulola
Carlos Lopes; A Fúria do Açúcar (best of); Francisco Mendes; Roberto Leal
Raul Abreu ; NGoma Makamba with Sadao Watanabe in Malaysia
A Fúria do Açúcar (Azul Banana) with Vídeo Clip
Kussondulola, Hot Stuff; Roberto Leal.
Red Hot Lisbon, Paulo Bragança live in at the CCB
André Sardet; Mingo Rangel.
A Fúria do Açúcar (o mundo maravilhoso do acrílico) with Vídeo Clip
A Fúria do Açúcar CD with Vídeo Clip
Valdez e as Piranhas Douradas - "Riko Ku que ela tem"; originals founding member Trio Sina in Germany
África Banda Desenha originals founding member
Palmares ( Australia ) original works and founding member
Percussionist and composer with a professional career for more than 30 years, Ruca was born in Angola,
moved to Brazil with his family at the age of 13 and then at 20 he moved to Portugal. After that he has
already lived in Australia and USA and he currently lives in Portugal again. His passion for percussion
began during his childhood in Angola but it was in Brazil where he got to know more instruments, techniques and rhythms. He studied at “Escola de Artes e Oficios” (Arts and crafts school), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; “Juventude Musical Portuguesa” (Portuguese music youth school), Lisbon; Sydney University, Specialisation Area - World Music, Australia. His musical influences vary a lot, a result both
of his life experience and the contact he had with musicians from all over the world. Nevertheless, the
strongest rhythms and sounds in his music and compositions are from Southern Africa, Mediterranean
Countries, Brazil and Cuba.
Ruca recorded and/or played with a huge variety of artists. Among many others: Sadao Watanabe
(Japan– where he toured for 8 years in a row); Alejandro Sanz, Kepa Junkera, Rosana (Spain); Rão Kyao, Madredeus, Teresa Salgueiro, Couple Coffee, Paulo de Carvalho, António Chainho, Marta Dias, Joana Amendoeira, Fausto Bordalo Dias, Rui Veloso, JP Simões, João Gil, Mariza, Sergio Godinho, Vitorino, Camané, Sara Tavares, Paulo Bragança, Silvana Peres, Filipa Pais, Lúcia Moniz, Janita Salomé, Moonspell, Ana Laíns, Katia Guerreiro, Cuca Roseta, among many others (Portugal); Anna Maria Jopek (Poland); Karl Seglem (Noruega); Susan Palma-Nidel, Melody Gardot, Tommy Campbel, Steve Thornton, George Witty, Leo Travessa, Melissa Meell (USA); Mike Ryan, Jane Butler, Roby Avenaim (Australia); Couple Coffee, Ivan Linz, Martinho da Vila, Fred Martins, Fafá de Belém, Pierre Aderne, Toquinho, Flávia Bittencourt, Daniela Mercury (Brasil), Filipe Mukenga, N'Goma Makamba (Angola), Nancy Vieira, Celina Pereira, Rolando Semedo (Cape Verde); Tabanka Djaz (Guine- Bissau).
Musician and/or founder of bands with huge success such as “Palmares”, " Banda Desenhada", “A Fúria do Acúçar”, “N'Goma Makamba” and “Couple Coffee”, Ruca has played all over the world in the best theatres and venues of different world capitals as well as clubs and other arts centres. He toured both with his own original projects as well as a musician of different bands and/or invited artist.
Ruca was a teacher in multiple workshops and master classes for percussion students in Japan; at music
schools and conservatoires in Portugal and EUA; at the European Project MUS-E from the Yehudi
Menhuin Foundation, Lisbon, 2017/18. He was also special guest at the “Festival de Percussão e Bateria”(Percussion and drums festival), Lavra, 2010.
In 2011 Ruca and Rão Kyao created the duo Samadhi and recorded the album “Pure Light”. Ruca is
also a musician in Rão Kyao´s music project for 19 years now and has already recorded 8 of his albums.
Through his career, Ruca has already recorded more than 180 albums, over 1000 songs and 8 Live Dvds.
In Agust 2015 he produced and played in the USA Tour with Luiz Caracol Trio (USA East Coast) and since then he has also developed as producer and artist several performances that combine music and
dance. He has co created and played as musician in projects such as: “Expande!” from Madalena
Victorino, Museu do Papel (for the Paper Museum), Paços de Brandão, 2015; “Bule-Bule” (Dance/Music
Project that develops the idea of New Traditional Dances), since 2016 in Portugal and Argentina; “Groove em si sem dó” (Dance, Music, VJ performance), 2018; “AH! AH! AH!” a dance/music performance for children that he co created with Marta Coutinho and Sandra Martins; among other projects.
At the moment, apart from performing at "AH! AH! AH!", "My father is made of rubber" and "Novelo", with his group TAKATUM that he also co created, he is a musician in different music projects such as: Rão Kyao, Nancy Vieira, Luiz Caracol, Susan Palma-Nidel, Trio Orfeu, Silvana Peres, and Bule-Bule, among others. Ruca is also preparing the release of his own album with original compositions. The singles, “Vale Santiago” and "O Dundo" are already available at online platforms. New single "Minha Terra" released - December 2022.