Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rafael Barata is a self-taught drummer based in NY. He started to play at the age of 5 and has played and recorded with many impressive artists such as Leny Andrade, Emilio Santiago, Rosa Passos, Lisa Ono, Jaques Morelenbaum, Kenny Barron, Milton Nascimento, Edu Lobo, Roberto Menescal, Joao Donato, Marcos Valle, Ivan Lins and Eliane Elias, who he worked on Grammy award-winning album with, made in Brazil. Rafael tours all around the world with several projects including Eliane Elias Quartet (Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson and Rubens de La Corte), Cello Samba Trio (Jaques Morelenbaum and Lula Galvao) and lately with the multi-awarded artist, Dianne Reeves.

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