Bateria and Music Director
Academicos da Estrada Real
San Francisco native Rudy Ortiz, percussionist/singer, has
to the growth of the Latin music scene and Carnaval San
Francisco for over 25
At San Francisco State University he majored in Anthropology
with a minor
in the Music Department in Voice. He was a member of AfroCuban
Theater ensemble Coco Santo. He was a
singer/percussionist for charanga
band Orquestra Rene del Mar. He also taught as a
instructor for the Mission Cultural Center.
His Brasilian music experience began with Batucaje, Brasilian
and Carnaval parade contingent, and more intensively with Mestre
Capoeira master Bira Ameida - and Corpo Santo, Brasilian
In 1984 he was among the first members of Escola Nova de
Samba as both
percussionist and dancer.
He was also lead singer and percussionist for San
Francisco Ska band
the Rhythomatics for several years.
This very busy musician always included Brasilian music
and dance in his
Performances have included work with Santana and Pete Escovedo
with Mickey Hart.
In 1996, Rudy committed himself to Escola Nova as Bateria
and Music Director.
With administrative and artistic changes, Escola Nova officially
metamorphosized into Academicos da Estrada Real after its 1999
Rudy has made 3 trips to Rio de Janeiro, thus far.
On his most recent trip to Rio for Carnaval 2001, Rudy met with
Mestre and Directors of Escola de Samba Imperatriz Leopldinense,
Director Adinelson, guest instructor last year for an
Rudy was invited to play in Imperatrizí bateria, and carried
proudly as one of the few Americans who have been allowed to
play in a top
Rio de Janeiro samba school.
In addition to Rio de Janeiro style samba, Rudy has been a
of Jorge Alabe, AfroBrasilian folkloric specialist, in the
rhythms and songs
of the Candomble.
His knowledge, talent and passion for these Brasilian artforms
with the community as he carries on the traditions as
Director and percussion instructor of Academicos da