Eduardo Mendonça – USA/Brazil
Eduardo is a guitarist, percussionist, singer and composer born in Salvador, in the Brazilian state of Bahia—the first home of samba. He moved to Seattle, in the United States, in 1994, and formed part of the percussion ensemble Bakra Bata. Since then, he has been teaching and promoting Brazilian culture through numerous local schools and organisations, and on big global stages. He has played for such figures as Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and Pope John Paul II, and collaborated with the Seattle Symphony. Eduardo is also the director of Show Brazil!, an international performance ensemble and production company that he co-founded. He has received multiple awards for his talents as a musician and his work as an educator.