Born in1958 in Southern Brazil, Luiz Ewerling grew up surrounded by music, his father Olmiro being a choral singer and also a music lover.

   At six years old, Luiz had his first contact with a drum set, and after two years of dedicated practice, he made his first television appearance. At that time, people began calling him "The Mini Drummer".

   At twelve years of age he participated in a record with the most famous children's choir in Brazil: Os Pequenos Cantores do Colegio Achieta (The Little Singers of Achieta College). Much later he began to play with dance groups and also to work in the studio with brasilia composers and musicians. He also recorded his first independent production with his partner Gelson Oliveira.

   After several years of touring the club circuits and Jazz festivals, Luiz began to take on students for private study. This ultimately led to the development of his Brazilian drum clinics out of a desire to hone serious drummers in the art of Brazilian Samba rhythms. In 1984 Luiz's reputation as an accomplished drummer had grown to a point where a move to the United States was realized when he was invited to join the Chicago-based Som Brasil. 

   In addition to playing with Som Brasil, Luiz has expanded his rhythmic horizons with performers in various settings: Fusion, Jazz, Latin, and Blues.

   In 2002, Luiz recorded the album "Our Earth", with his group A Cor do Brasil, featuring many of Chicago's best musicians.

   In 2017, Luiz founded AMADA - a band that divines a unique blending of Brazilian and American musical styles, ranging from Brazilian Pop to Rock, from Samba to Swing, from the free flowing pulse of the Partido Alto to contemporary jazz.


First television performance, singing and playing drums. Brazil, 1966

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Chicago, 1991

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Conservatory of Music in São Sebastião do Caí, RGS, Brazil
Major: Percussion
Minor: Music Education

Ginásio São Sebastião (high school), São Sebastião Do Cai, RGS, Brazil


Free Lance Drummer, Chicago, IL
Drummer and percussionist for major name acts, jazz, blues, rock and Brazilian music groups in the Chicago area with vast experience as a recording studio musician

Private Instructor, Chicago, IL
Teacher/Instructorfor Brazilian/Latin Drums and Percussion Techniques

Urban Gataway Project, Chicago, IL
Brazilian Percussion Instructor
Developed and administrated a course in Traditional Brazilian Percussion for public high schools students in the Chicago area

Brazil, 1982-1983
Porto Alegre City Hall, Porto Alegre, RGS, Brazil
Special Music Program Supervisor
Developed and administrated a course in Traditional Brazilian Percussion History and Techniques


November 2009 - January 2011

Luiz performed and/or recorded with the following:

Som Brasil

Harry Hmura

Akio Sasajima

The All Bubba Blues Band

Marshall Vente - Tropicale

Dave Gordon Group

Sugar Blue


Bobby Enciso

Mark Colby And Frank Caruso

Deja Vu Quintet

Guy Fricano

Buy Bongo and Tropico

Jazz Mineiro

Valucha de Castro

The queen of Samba, Elza Soares

Fareed Haque

Howard Levy

Nick Schneider

Frank and Anna Dawson

Samba Samba

Luciano Antonio

Ana Everling