Originally from Poços de Caldas, a town located in the Southeast region of Brazil, Ana started taking drum lessons at age 12 having the opportunity to play and start her development as a musician at her church. Jazz came years later when she relocated to São Paulo to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Music at "Conservatorio Souza Lima". With a curriculum that emphasized Jazz music, and an incredible faculty, those school years were a big step in her development as a drummer. She was also introduced to great Brazilian music and Brazilian musicians. Ana was awarded a Latin America Scholarship from Berklee College of Music and made the move to Boston. With a Bachelor's Degree in Performance, she relocated to Los Angeles in order to pursue a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California; where she studied with Peter Erskine and worked as his Teacher Assistant.
Ana is currently an active drummer and educator in the Los Angeles music scene, she is on the Faculty of the Musicians Institute in Hollywood and performs in a variety of musical situations. She also travels for clinics and classes in different regions. She has been in the Faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and of the Jazz Camp West and organizes the “Drum Camp Sul de Minas” with the goal of facilitating high level drum lectures and drum performances in her hometown in Brazil. She has performed with Catina deLuna and Lado B Brazilian Project, Otmaro Ruiz, Carol Bach-y-rita, Andrea Motis, Thalma de Freitas, Amy K Bormet, Larry Koonse, Scott Hamilton, Bob Sheppard, Bruce Forman, Scott Healy, Kirsten Edkins, Isaac Smith, Kleber Jorge, Dawn Bishop, Lady Rizo, Annie Trousseau. She has also worked as the drummer for the production of the musical "Cabaret" at the La Mirada Theater, and for the American Contemporary Ballet production of "Inferno".
Ana Barreiro is proud to use Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Remo Drumheads.
Photo by: Evan Zee