Born: November 22, 1978
Imagine a Pandeiro, absent of drums. Strong thumbs mark the low notes, slaps plays the snare and jingles moving like a cymbal. Welcome to Tulio Araujo's world.
Tulio is a Brazilian musician, carrying advanced degrees and experience in the fields of Percussion, Music Production and Sound Engineering. He has studied with renowned masters Ian Guest (Hungary), Santiago Reyther (Cuba), Marcos Suzano (Brazil). Through his experimentation and study, he dreamt and effectively conceived a way to merge his main instrument with the improvisation universe that Jazz provides.
Mr. Araujo grew obsessed with metric, rhythmic modulations and polyrhythms. His intense study led him to apply his knowledge and passion into the creation of his six albums. He has a strong international career, specially in the United States, where he lived for three years playing and teaching. He loves to collaborate with different projects and musicians.
Tulio Araujo is world wide known for his unique technic on Pandeiro, that elevated him into a position of a high demanded educator. He spends his time producing and coordinating workshops, masterclasses and online curses in schools and universities all around the globe.
Akademia Awards, 2015
Best Jazz Album
Best Brazilian Instrumentalist
Instrumental Album of the Year
Best Instrumental Album of the Year
Carlos Calado, 2019
Top 50 Best Jazz Albums of the Year
International Song Writing Competition (ISWC), 2020
Unsigned Only Competition, 2022
“Neither more nor less. The right place, the right time. Pandeiro in Jazz, yes sir, and full of bossa. A Brazilian from the world, migrant of the music, juggler or the sound. Túlio Araújo.”
--Patrícia Palumbo (Brazilian Music Critic)
“Tulio Araujo’s work is a master piece of instrumental music, that challenges creation bringing something completely fresh and new.”
--Latina Records (Japan)
“What this guy does with a Pandeiro in his hands is unbelievable.”
--Rolling Stone Brazil Magazine