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Sónia "LittleB" Cabrita
Lisbon - 1978
Endorsed by : Funkyreps , Odery Drums & Vater Drumsticks
In addition to my "Little B" combo I play drums in Viviane's support band; a portuguese main stream act. Beside that, I'm flaJAZZados' former member; a native spoken word jazz outfit which is in turn Zé Eduardo's [portuguese jazz guru] side project.
With the mentioned groups I've toured and played at some of the most weighty domestic pop and jazz festivals and did a few dates in Spain as well;
Sedajazz International Festival, Sons do Atlântico Festival, Sines em Jazz Festival, Med Festival, Valado dos Frades Jazz Festival, Lagos Jazz Festival, Montemor-o-Novo Jazz Festival, Almodôvar Jazz Festival, Jazz no Inverno Festival and at Lisbon's Fábrica de Braço de Prata.
Performed at New York City's “CBGB”, at Baltimore's “An Die Musik” and at Macau Jazz Festival in China with “Zé Eduardo Unit”.
I had also the privilege of playing with Greg Tardy and with David Murray; Peter King here in Portugal.
Meanwhile I get to work regularly with local musicians, covering Algarve's and Spain clubs .
Taugh drums at Sines Art School, since its inauguration [2008-2010] and give private drum lessons at my studio in Faroand in Colegio Bernardette Romeira [Portugal] too.
I've studied drums with professor Michael Lauren [ESMAE] and I have attended several jazz seminars, workshops and masterclasses around Portugal and Spain with:
Terrie Lyne Carrington , Jordi Rossy , Gerald Cleaver ], Frank Tiberi , Doug Weiss], Billy Drummond , Nasheet Waits and the great Cindy Blackman.
A short retrospective.
I've started my music and drums studies in 1994 at Associação Filarmónica de Faro [AFF] with professor Joaquim Furtado and I have been hitting & beating since then. Formed and been former member with a handful of groups, won some national musical contests and got my share of media coverage as new-comer. With some of these bands I got to share the stage with relevant domestic and international artists.
From 2000 to 2002 I studied at Barreiro's Jazz School. In 2002 played at Lisbon's First Festa do Jazz do São Luiz, a significant annual portuguese jazz rendezvous and I've been "K's Choice", drummer for-one-day as a national broadcast radio station [RTP Antena 3] contest winner.
I've lived in Barcelona [ES] during 2007 to attend “Taller de Musics” Jazz School and had lessons with professors Ramon Angel Ray, drums and Cristina Canet, music theory. During this particular period I had the opportunity of working with some local acts and did a few gigs at Barcelona's club circuit.
In April 2012 i released my first album called "Little B", with original compositions.
In 2008 I did a small tour in the beautiful Cape Verde Islands [Africa] with the Montargil Philharmonic Orchestra which ended at 7 Sóis 7 Luas [7 Suns 7 Moons] Music Festival.