Internationally acclaimed Grammy® Nominee Percussionist/Drummer Tupac Mantilla is considered by the critics nowadays as one of the most versatile and creative artists of his generation.
His work as a performer, educator, producer and clinician has been highly recognized worldwide and includes appearances in major festivals, institutions and venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Harvard University, Stanford University, The New England Conservatory, Kennedy Center, Berklee College of Music, London's Barbican, The Montreal, North Sea, Perugia, Montreux, Gent, Nice, Tanglewood, Newport Jazz Festivals among many others; as well as several percussion-oriented workshops, trainings and lectures for prestigious multi-national companies, universities and organizations around the world.
An accomplished percussionist with a Master of Music Honors Degree from the New England Conservatory (Boston, USA), and the 1st. Prize recipient of the 2002 Bogota's Philharmonic Orchestra's Classical Soloist Competition, Mr. Mantilla has collaborated and performed with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Zakir Hussain, Savion Glover, Esperanza Spalding, Lisa Fischer, Julian Lage, Reinhard Flatischler, Kenny Werner, Bill Cosby, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Bob Moses, Tisziji Muñoz, Steve Smith, John Medeski, Michael Cain, Cecil McBee, Jamey Haddad, Anders Koppel, Ran Blake, Deepak Ram, Medeski Martin & Wood, Omar Faruk, Ulita Knaus, Opus 4, Sofia Rei, Selene Muñoz, Marta Gómez, Edmar Castañeda, Juanito Pascual, Tia Fuller, the Bogota's Philharmonic Orchestra and 1280 Almas, among many others.
Mr. Mantilla is the founder, CEO and Artistic Director of the Global Percussion Network PERCUACTION®, with which he leads several educational and social projects and initiatives worldwide through the PERCUACTION FOUNDATION® and the GLOBAL RHYTHM INSTITUTE®.
He is the Artistic Director of Colombia's top experimental percussion group TEKEYÉ® and nowadays devotes most of his time to tour globally working as a lecturer and with his 'SOLO PERCUSSION' project, which successfully released its first show 'ONE' (2015) and in 2018 Tupac's latest solo program 'Body Songs', an entirely Body percussion / Body Music based audience-interactive live program.