Kurt Rasmussen grew up in East LA, surrounded by Latino friends and music. He says he was 8 years old when he realized he wasn't actually Latino. But he kept his love of samba music. Today, he's a 4-time champion of Rio de Janeiro's famous drumming carnival title, and one of (if not THE) only white man to be welcomed into the inner circle of a Brazilian bateria escala, or samba drum school. Kurt shows us the multi-layered sounds of different drums, talks about his career meeting drummers from Japan and Latin America, and shares the story of how drumming (literally) almost killed him one night in Brazil.
Kurt Rasmussen, drummer and percussionist, Cirque du Soleil's "O"