Lecturer in Music
Director of Samba and Afro-Cuban Percussion
Brian Rice is a highly acclaimed performer, educator, and recording artist and one of the most versatile percussionists in the Bay Area. Though best known as a specialist in Brazilian and Cuban music, Brian can be heard playing a multitude of styles and his percussion playing graces over 60 recordings.
Brian received his Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Percussion Performance and Ethnomusicology, and has been a freelance musician since 1989, founding the bateria Samba Seattle, the Afro-Cuban Folkloric Collective, and traveling to both Cuba and Brazil for musical studies. Brian currently performs with Mike Marshall and Choro Famoso, Claudia Villela, Jorge Alabe and Samba Rio, Cascada de Flores, the Berkeley Choro Ensemble and Wake the Dead. Brian is an endorser of Latin Percussion instruments.