TO INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED GRAMMY® NOMINEE PERCUSSIONIST/DRUMMER TUPAC MANTILLA'S WEBSITE
“Never seen anything like him”
- Bobby McFerrin
"A walloping wonder"
- All About Jazz
“Incomparable musicianship and technique, broadminded and unparalleled way to make music!... A true musician.”
- Anders Koppel
"As a soloist and in duel with Bobby McFerrin, the colombian flourishes"
- Leipziger Volkszeitung
"A musical phenomenon"
- Mittlebayerische Zeitung
“Very few artists could get down to such a level of versatility and expertise”
- Reinhard Flatischler
Internationally acclaimed Grammy® Nominee Percussionist/Drummer Túpac Mantilla is considered by the critics as a leading voice and versatile referent among the 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 worldwide.
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, Túpac has collaborated and performed with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Zakir Hussain, Savion Glover, Esperanza Spalding, Lisa Fischer, Julian Lage, Reinhard Flatischler, Kenny Werner, 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 around the world, through the PERCUACTION FOUNDATION and the GLOBAL RHYTHM INSTITUTE. He is the Artistic Director of Colombia's top experimental Percussion Group TEKEYÉ® and director of various percussion and rhythm oriented programs in Europe, South America and the United States, which benefit every year hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
Nowadays he devotes most of his time to work as a performer on his 'Solo Percussion' project and music collaborations in Europe and the United States, as a speaker and rhythm coach for individuals, organizations and events, and as an educator through residencies, that among other concepts develop his most recent training R.I.T.M.O. (Rhythmic Immersion Training for Multidimensional Openness). A holistic learning methodology, launched in 2019, which aims to serve people through the understanding of life’s rhythm and the use of the body as a musical and evolutionary tool.
In 2020 Túpac joined the Faculty at the Summer Educators Program at Carnegie Hall in New York City, recognition that goes along with nominations as a 'Rising Percussion Star' by Downbeat Magazine in last few years and the recent invitation in 2023, by the legendary Indian Tabla Maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain to join his world-renowned Masters of Percussion project, which toured extensively in the United States and Canada and plans further projects in the future.
'ONE': Praised internationally by the critics as:
"ONE of the hottest percussion shows today"
"Hot, innovative, interactive and absolutely unique!"