Julio Falavigna (Gopala)
PICTURE BY: Nicole Falavigna.
The drummer and multi-percussionist Julio Falavigna started his studies at 13 years old with Vitor Machado in Caxias do Sul, his homeland. At 17 he lived in London, where he could perfect his studies with english drummer John Shearer. Back to Brazil, he established himself in Porto Alegre, where he accompanied names from the local scene, such as Nei Lisboa and Duca Leindecker. At this time he studied drums with Fernando Paiva and Duda Neves. At 19 he received an invitation to play in Europe. He continued studies in Germany and then in New York he joined the Drummer's Collective School, where he studied with great names of that instrument aswell as of percussion in general.
Back to Europe, he played in many formations of cuban and senegalese music (with the group Godwana, with partner Assane Demba), Jazz and MPB. In Viena he ministered classes and workshops with american drummer Jeff Boudreaux (Wynton Marsalis). At that period, he played with many names od brazilian music. Lived in the south of France, where he played with brazilian singer Syan Moreno and american bassist Dig Lewis (Stevie Wonder). It was at that time that grew on him the interest towards indian music, beginning his tabla studies with musician and composer Sri Hanuman, with whom he would play two years later. He then spend a few seasons in India and Canada, where he could study with other masters of tabla, such as Mubarak Khan, Pandit Anand Kumar Mallick e Pandit Swapan Chaudhury.
Julio and his first professional drumset. - 1987
"Since the very moment when we were born, the heart started to beat, hence we started breathing, hence we started talking, screaming, there's no way we can separate ourselves from such rhythmic pattern.
Hence the drum is the closest thing from the very inception of our lives. Each time we hit the drum we are connecting our souls to our history as human beings, and that has been happening all around the world, in all different cultures..." ∫ Julio Falavigna
Returning to Brazil in 2001, he established himself again in Porto Alegre. Joins the group Fabio Mentz Quartet, recording and releasing the album Cantigas (winner of Açorianos Prize). He then takes part in workshops with drummers Fabio Schneider and Vitor Machado. Parallel to that, he founded Shabda Rasa, a group of indian music with sitarist Toti Lima. In 2003 he records drums for the album Black Bagual Negovéio of the gaucho composer Bebeto Alves.
In the following years, he organized and accompanied in concerts notable names of indian music, such as G.S. Sachdev (bansuri), Sri Hanuman (autoral), e Pandit Mukesh Desai (vocal) playing tabla, awakenning greater public interest for indian music in Brazil.
In 2010, he fizes residence in Rio de Janeiro, heading off in different musical projects as a drummer. Presiding workshops with percussionist Jorge Amorim, aswell as joining groups of mineiro bassist Yuri Popoff and trombonist Vittor Santos.
In 2012, takes part in the album Navegantes by composer Fabio Mentz, in which he recorded drums and percussions. Since then, he has released four albums with his wife Bianca Gismonti. Nowadays he is in the final phase of the first album of his indian music duo Shabda Rasa.
Gopala at Ananda Kutir in Rishikesh (Ganges) - 1999
At the studio, playing tabla, classical percussion instrument from the tradition of indian music.
Studies and pratices Yoga since 1990, having started with the organization called "International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers" in which he was an instructor and lived in Ashrams between France, Canada and India. Subsequently he founded and directed for 10 years the Sivananda Center in Porto Alegre.
His interest for oriental spirituality took him to study tabla and Naad Yoga with Sri Hanuman (India/France) and Anand Kuma Mallick (India). Residing in Brazil, he is part of an indian music duo called Shabda Rasa with the sitarist Toti Lima, aswell as the group Hanuman Trio with his former teacher Sri Hanuman. He also accompanied big names of Hindustani Music, such as late flutist G.S. Sachdev and vocalist Pandit Mukesh Desai.