Thiago Winterstein is a Brazilian-American multi-instrumentalist who has played solo and in various music groups for two decades. After studying music in American schools from the age of 8, he began to immerse himself in Brazilian music to share the indescribable spirit of his birth culture with North Americans. Returning to Brazil, he studied stringed instruments, drums, and percussion, including at the Instituto de Bateria Vera Figuereido, and with Arnaldinho do Cavaco and Mestre Tatá. He also studied arrangement with Claudio Ferreira.
In Los Angeles, he has studied at the Musicians Institute. He performs Bossa Nova and Samba, in addition to non-Brazilian styles ranging from reggae to R&B to grunge. He plays regularly around L.A. with different groups—check out the Projects page for more details.
Thiago has experienced firsthand the many ways music can be personally and politically transformative, and he seeks to share that power with his community. He regularly sets up a sandwich-board reading “Free Music Lessons” on Los Angeles sidewalks to spark conversations and knowledge sharing from all sides. He has also used music to accompany social and political activism. He also leads children’s music groups, classes, concerts, and parties to share these values and the simple love of music with the next generation.