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Catapluf’s Musical Journey – artist biographies.
Updated Dec 2105
Adriano Adewale (percussion)
Virtuosic percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale was born in Sao Paulo‚ Brazil and has been resident in London for over a
decade. A charismatic performer and creator of dynamic projects of all kinds – from visual arts to dance and theatre – he has
toured the world with his own distinctive sounds as well as performing the sounds of a vast of array of international collaborators
from a variety of musical genres. He has created soundtracks to accompany the work of fine artist Monica de Miranda, the British
dance company Stacked Wonky, an animation based on 'Little Red Riding Hood' and was the on-stage musical lynchpin in the
acclaimed Theatre Rites production, ‘Mojo’, a co-production with the Barbican and Salzburg Festival. His own projects are equally
diverse in nature and include ‘Catapluf's Musical Journey’, a live work for 5 – 7 year olds that explores music from around the
world and stimulates children’s own music-making and ‘Talking About Us’, a large participatory work based on Children's Rights,
which involved over 200 young people performing in choirs as well as playing horns and percussion, which was commissioned by
Bath Festival.
Jenny Adejayan (cello)
Jenny is a London-born cellist of Nigerian/Grenadian descent who studied at the University of Manchester and Guildhall School of
Music & Drama. An active performer within the world music, jazz & pop/rock scenes in particular, she has collaborated with
numerous artists over the years, from Tom Jones & Courtney Pine to Nitin Sawhney & Emeli Sande. Jenny regularly performs with
the Antonio Forcione Quartet, Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra, Robyn Hitchcock & Mauricio Velasierra Quintet alongside
teaching cello/strings & workshop leading in London schools. Jenny has also twice led her own quartet in performances at the
London African Music Festival.
Marcelo Andrade (saxophones / flutes / acoustic guitar)
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Andrade studied violin, piano, guitar and sung in the well-established choir "Canarinhos de
Petrópolis". Moving to London in 1989, he continued his studies of jazz violin with David Cross (King Crimson), saxophone with Lyn
Dobson (Soft Machine), flute, guitar and composition with Mark Bassey. He has recorded and performed with a variety of artists,
and has co-led his own groups for a number of years, amongst them Samburá, Ohayo-Samba, Saravah Soul and London Latin Jazz
Ensemble, performing throughout the UK and Europe at festivals such as North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Kaunas
Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Umea Jazz Festival amongst many others. Marcelo has recently launched his latest album
"African Tree" ( with acclaimed reviews.
Giuliano Pereira (saxophone/ flute/ guitar)
Contemporary improvising musician and recording artist, Giuliano Santos Pereira, left his native Brazil in the late 90s, sojourned in
New York and Madrid before finally settling in North London, in 2008. Hailing from a musical family, Giuliano has devoted himself
to creating a unique compositional signature. His music draws on influences from jazz, traditional Brazilian styles of folk, western
and global music. He has collaborated with The Spanish National Jazz Orchestra and the acclaimed Jorge Pardo, known first and
foremost for his work with flamenco legend Paco De Lucia and the jazz great Chick Corea. He has performed in Canada, Portugal,
Angola, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
Andres Ticino (percussion)
Originally from Uruguay, Andres Ticino moved to the UK in 2001. His imaginative use of drums, bells and sounds from all around
the world has seen him work with a wide range of artists from Pop to Latin, Flamenco, Jazz and Baroque, performing, touring and