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Performer / Educator / Rhythm Coach / Speaker 
Founder of R.I.T.M.O. & CEO of PERCUACTION 


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Túpac Mantilla holds degrees in classical, world and Indian percussion studies from Javeriana University (Bogotá, Colombia), the New England Conservatory (Boston, U.S.A.) and Harvard University (Cambridge, U.S.A.). His performance activity includes regular appearances at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center, as well as festivals such as Montreux, Newport and North Sea Jazz, and collaborations with artists like Bobby McFerrin, Esperanza Spalding, Zakir Hussain, and Julian Lage, with whom he was nominated for a Grammy in 2009 for best contemporary Jazz Album.

He regularly teaches and gives lectures and residencies at educational institutions such as Stanford University, New York University, Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory. In 2012 he founded PERCUACTION (, an organization that develops and runs rhythm oriented artistic and social programs around the world, through an innovative rhythm curriculum, which in 2020 surpassed a teaching coverage in Colombia of 200.000 children. He is the founder of the Youth Education Program at the Panama Jazz Festival and the director of the World Rhythm Program at the Stanford Jazz Workshop since 2016. In 2020 he 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 recent years. 

In 2023, Túpac had the honor to be invited by the legendary Tabla Master Ustad Zakir Hussain to join his world-renowned Masters of Percussion project, wich toured extensively in Canada and the United States.  

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2005 – 2007     Master of Music in Contemporary Improvisation

Sep. – June       Emphasis in World Percussion and Drums / Graduate

                             Degree with Honors

                             New England Conservatory of Music. Boston MA, U.S.A.


2005 – 2006       Indian Music Studies

Oct. – May          Classes with emphasis in Indian Tabla

                              Harvard University – Sangeet Music School Cambridge MA.


1998 – 2003         Master in Music

Jan. – June          Emphasis in Classical Percussion 

                               Undergraduate Degree with Honors

                               Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Bogotá, Colombia


Since 2020    Carnegie Hall – Faculty Member 

                         Music Educators Program / Core Faculty Member

                         Summer Program - New York City, NY - U.S.A.


2018 - 2019     New York University 

                         Artist - teacher in residence. Clive Davis Institute 

                         New York City, NY - U.S.A.


2011 - 2019      Stanford Jazz Workshop 

                         Teacher / Artist in residence

                         Stanford University - Stanford, CA. U.S.A.

2014 - 2016     Berklee College of Music

                          Teacher / Artist in residence. - Boston MA, U.S.A.


2015 - 2016      New England Conservatory 

                          Teacher / Artist in residence. - Boston MA, U.S.A.


2010 – 2012      Panama Jazz Festival 

                           Director of Education - Youth Program

                           Panama City – Panama


Since 2012        PERCUACTION - Global Percussion Network 

To present        Artistic Director and Founder

                            Bogotá – Colombia / New York –U.S.A.

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Túpac is a proud recipient of awards and recognitions including: 

2023 - Joined Ustad Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion Project. 

2019 - 2022 - Included in the list of 'Rising Percussion Star' by Downbeat Magazine. 

2020 - Selected as a Core Faculty Member for the Summer Education Teachers Program as Carnegie Hall. NYC (U.S.A.).

2017 - ECHO Jazz Award nomination for Ulita Knaus' 'Love in this Time' Album.

2012 - ECHO Jazz Prize (Germany) for Julian Lage Group's album "Gladwell". 

2010 - Grammy Nominated Artist for Julian Lage Group's  album "Sounding Point".

2009 - Carnegie Hall/ Weill Institute winner of the 2009 Zakir Hussain's Training Workshop.

2007 - NEC Selected Jazz Ensemble for the 2007 Panama Jazz Festival, Panama.

2006 - Donald & Alice Noble Scholarship. Boston, MA.

2005 / 2006 - NEC Wild Card Honors Ensemble Winner. Boston, MA.

2005 - Academic Excellence Award (PUJ). Bogota, Colombia. 

2003 - Colfuturo Award scholarship. Bogota, Colombia. 

2002 / 2003 - Selected Percussionist and Soloist for the Pergine Spetacolo Aperto Orchestra. Trento, Italy.

2002 - Bogotá's Philharmonic Orchestra Young Classical soloist Competition. 1st Prize recipient.

1997 - LOUIS ARMSTRONG Jazz Award (SWHS) Hanover, Pennsylvania (USA)



Bobby Mcferrin duo show - Article


Fosbo-Sinfónica - Article


Ulita Knaus Show - Review 2

EL TIEMPO -  Newspaper

Tupac Mantilla "ONE" article


Ulita Knaus show - Review 1

HARMONY JAPAN  -  Magazine

Tupac Mantilla ONE's Article

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