B i o g r a p h y
Born in Curitiba, Southern Brazil, the driving rhythms of his country’s music led Celso Alberti to develop an early interest in the drums and by the age of 17, he was performing regularly as a professional.
In 1982, Celso decided to expand his musical horizons and take on greater challenges by moving to New York City. His dynamic approach to percussion, combining elements of samba, jazz, funk and rock quickly caught on and he started playing with numerous artists in the Big Apple, including singer Clarice Taylor, guitarist Toninho Horta and The New York Samba Band, to name a few.
Celso relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1984, where he joined Terra Sul, a Brazilian band based in San Francisco, which was signed to the Motown Records subsidiary label, MoJazz. Two years later, Celso joined Batucaje, which won that year’s “Jammies” Music Award for “Best Brazilian Band” in the Bay Area. He also embarked on his first major international tour with world-renowned percussionist Airto Moreira and his wife, singer Flora Purim. They traveled extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Brazil and recorded the album “The Magicians” for Concord Crossover Records and “The Flight” for B&W Records.
In 1989, Celso toured with jazz flautist Herbie Mann and formed an original instrumental power trio called No Man’s Land, which performed as a supporting act for guitarist Eric Johnson. From 1990 to 2004, he toured and recorded with many established artists, including guitarists Joyce Cooling and Danny Heines, singer John Lucien, bassist Michael Manring, keyboardists Kit Walker (Kitaro) and Frank Martin (Narada Michael Walden), Starship guitarist Craig Chaquico and many others. Celso joined world-renowned recording artist Steve Winwood for a U.S. tour in 2005, and also performed numerous shows with the innovative electro-world fusion band, Kundalini Boombox, led by keyboardist Kit Walker.
Since 2006, Celso has toured Russia and the Ukraine with ace Russian keyboardist Andrei Kondakov and has also performed with guitarist Stef Burns (Alice Cooper, Huey Lewis and the News), legendary Brazilian singer Emilio Santiago, guitarist Chico Pinheiro, Brazilian singer/songwriter Claudia Villela, singer/songwriter Tim Hockenberry, bassoonist Paul Hanson, saxophonist George Brooks, bassist Kai Eckhardt and numerous others.
Throughout the years, Celso has also provided expert live and studio engineering, remote recording and Pro Tools consulting to a fast-growing list of clients, including Airto Moreira, Jose Neto, Steve Winwood, Frank Martin, Ronnie Ray Padilla, Kai Eckhardt and most recently Narada Michael Walden, Dave Weckl and Mike Stern.