Rui Filipe Jesus Faustino

Born in Portimão, Portugal in 29.12.1975

Academic Musical Training

1994-1997: Escola Profissional de Música de Espinho (EPME),
classical percussion
1997-1999: Hot Club Portugal (HCP) Institute, jazz music and drumming

2000-2001: guest student at the Jazz und Popularmusik department at Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler (HfM), Berlin
2001-2002: admission at the jazz department at Universität der Künste (UdK), Berlin
2016-2018: Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH), master degree in Musical Arts
2018: admission at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH/ ESML), doctor degree in Musical Arts


EPME: Álvaro Salazar, Miguel Bernat
HCP: Aldo Caviglia, João Moreira, Bruno Pedroso
HfM: Kamalesh Maitra, Gebhardt Ullmann

UdK: David Friedman, Jerry Granelli, Peter Weniger
FCSH: Isabel Pires, Paulo Ferreira de Castro

Workshops, Seminaries

EPME: Percussion Group Cincinnati, Kroumata Percussion Ensemble, Fritz Hauser
HCP: Gregory Tardy, Chris Cheek, Joachim Rueckert
Instituto Orff do Porto: (1997) Jamey Haddad, Berklee College of Music; (1998) John Hadzilla, Berklee College of Music
Estoril Jazz: (1999) Billy Hart
Goetheinstitut: (1999) Carlos Bica, Thomas Alkier, Jens Thomas; (2000) Carlos Bica, Eric Schäfer, Frank Möbus
UdK: (2001) Joey Baron, Jamey Haddad, Matt Garrison; (2003) Ralph Towner; (2004) Patrice Héral


1998: Lisbon Swingers, Orquestra Amadora do Hot Club
2003: Strom und Wasser, german tour with singer/songwriter Heinz Ratz
For Unaccompanied Drums- music for solo drumset. CD recording and concerts
2005: Party- music performance piece from Hugo Maia for ZdB (Galeria Zé dos Bois), Lisbon
2007: Cobra- gameplay by John Zorn under direction of Nathan Fuhr for Sophiensaele, Berlin
Demonshaker- gameplay by Nathan Fuhr. Tesla, Berlin
2008: Cobra- gameplay by John Zorn under direction of Nathan Fuhr for ZdB (Galeria Zé dos Bois), Lisbon
Demonshaker- gameplay by Nathan Fuhr for ZdB (Galeria Zé dos Bois), Lisbon
Percussion for In The Mist and Noise Machine from Laura Andel and Carta Alemana from Martin Bauer for the contemporary music meetings, UdK, Berlin. In collaboration with the composers.
2010: FREN, artistic residency in Goethe Institut, Lisbon
FREN concert at Jigg Festival
Paris Suit Yourself (Indie Rock), France and England Tour
2011: Improvised music concert cycle at Mica Moca, Berlin
2012: Improvised music concert cycle at The Great Heisenberg, Berlin
2013: "Das Frauen Orchester von Auschwitz", concerts in Berlin and Oświęcim. Music from the Woman's Orchestra of Auschwitz. Arrangement by Stefan Heucke, conducted by Agnieszka Koziel
2015: "Word Up" with the musicians Shasta Ellenbogen, Miako Klein, Sookee, Infinite Livez, and the composers Laura Mello, Ferdinand Breil, Nicolas Wiese. Supported by the cultural affairs of the senate chancellery of Berlin and the Deutsche Komponistenverband


Worked with João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Mário Franco, Paulo Curado, Carlos "Bechegas", Nuno Rebelo, Nuno Ferreira, Axel Dörner, Tristan Honsinger, Biliana Voutchkova, Jan Roder, Silke Eberhard, Matthias Bauer, Tobias Delius, Kazuhisa Uchihashi and others


2002: "Scheuklappen", Music for Theater An Der Parkaue, Berlin. Direction by Manuel Schoebel. Premiere in the Musikakademie Rheinsberg
2005-06 and 2008: "A Fábrica de Nada" from Judith Herzberg. Production Artistas Unidos, direction Jorge Silva Melo. Tour in Portugal
2006: Multi-instrumentist in the piece “De Grão em Pão”. Production by Teatro Alternativo. Dramaturgie and direction, Hugo Samora
2008: Percussion for the piece "The War" from Carlo Goldoni. Co-production from Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Cendrev and Teatro dos Aloés. Direction José Peixoto, music by Rui Rebelo


1999: Música e Movimento, direction by Carlos Zíngaro for CEM (Centro em Movimento), Lisbon
2005: Festival de Dança Contemporânea de Portimão. Dance and choreography by José Silva, music by Rui Faustino
2005: 8º Festival Internacional de Dança em Paisagens Urbanas with the dance group Compota.
2010: Triangel: interdisciplinary project with dancers Takako Suzuki and Ingo Reulecke videoart by Daniela Kohl, music by Biliana Voutchkova and Rui Faustino
2012: music with Demonshaker for Vera Mantero and O Rumo Do Fumo in Teatro São Luiz, Lisbon


1999: Music for circus cabarett in Chapitô, Lisbon
2007: Drums for a Choreography of the Acrobat Jan Manke at the Türkisches Theater Tyiatrom, Berlin. Produced by the circus school Die Etage


2005: A Noiva do Gigante, drums and percussion for the composition of Paulo Curado for a animation film of Nuno Amorim
2014: Music for "Montecristo". Short movie by Oliver Moser and Moritz Friese


radio: Rui Faustino, Mário Franco, João Paulo: live concert in Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, transmitted by Antena2
radio: Paris Suit Yourself, Resonance Radio- Artrocker Live Session. London
radio: Paris Suit Yourself, XFM X-Posure Live show. London
radio: interview for the program Discofonia by Mafalda Costa in Radio Europa

tv: Paris Suit Yourself, concert live recording by ARTE at the Transmusicales music festival in Rennes, France
tv: Demonshaker, gameplay by Nathan Fuhr plays at Apokaliptischen Abend in Kunsthalle Platoon, Berlin. Recorded by ARTE Creative TV

press: interview for
press: article on about FREN quartet
press: Eric Mandel mentions in Jazz Podium magazine, "50" CD by FREN quartet as a essencial CD
press: critic of "50" CD by FREN quartet on Ypsílon magazine
press: honorable mention of "50" CD by FREN on All About Jazz magazine among the best editions of the year
online press: interview for Art Connect Berlin. Spotlight on the week's guest Rui Faustino
online press: O Mesmo e o Diferente, critic by Rui Eduardo Paes for


2006: Product reviews for the gear and music magazine Pró-Música


Trio Improvisation “Trio Improvisation”
Steffen Faul: Trompete
Alexander Beierbach: Tenor Sax
Rui Faustino: Drums
author's edition
Berlin 2003

Faustino/Roder/Eberhard/Neuser “50”
Rui Faustino: Drums, Composition
Jan Roder: Kontrabass
Silke Eberhard: Alto Sax
Nikolaus Neuser: Trompete
JACC Records
Lisbon 2010

Heisenberg Quintet "Live at Kuehlspot"
Anna Kaluza: Alto sax
Nico Meinhold: Piano
Hannes Budder: Guitar
Stephan Bleier: Double bass
Rui Faustino: Drums
AUT records
Berlin 2018

Rui Faustino “Music for Unaccompanied Drumset”
Rui Faustino: Drums
Berlin 2020


1998-2000 Senófila music school, Lisbon
2003-2016 classes and workshops in Berliner schools. Jam School, Neue Musikschule, Drumfactory, Datenklang, Tomatenklang, Rütli Campus, Helene- Lange Schule and Grundschule am Kollwitzplatz.
2016-2017 elementary school music teacher in Lisbon (Virgílio Ferreira, Fernando Pessoa, Olaias, rainha D. Eleonor)
2019 music theory course at ETIC


drums, mallets, piano, trumpet


now: this precise one