Vincent Harisdo

Letieres Leite

The Brazilian composer arranged the music of countless successful bands from Ivete Sangalo, Timbalada, Olodum, Daniela Mercury, Hermeto Pascoal to Maria Bethania and many more in a masterly manner.

As the founder and director of the Orkester Rumpilezz, Leite toured Europe and won numerous awards. 

Letieres` research in music ethnology focuses on the history, rhythmic structure, and physicality of the African elements in jazz. Letieres succeeded in developing a creative pedagogical system to penetrate more deeply into an animistic West African way of dialogical improvisation.

He founded AMBAH (Academia de Música da Bahia) and NUCA (Núcleo de Conhecimento e Arte) in Salvador and is director of the Bahia State Vocational School FUNCEB (Fundação Cultural do Estado da Bahia). 

Letieres takes its social responsibility very seriously and teaches children, youth (Rumpilezzinho), and women (Rumpilezz de Saia). As a musical luminary and experienced teacher, he represents and communicates the African roots of Brazilian music worldwide.