Weber Iago - Piano

weber iago

Born Weber Ribeiro Drummond in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil on February 17th1962. It wasn’t until mid 90’s that Weber adopted the stage name Weber Iago as a homage to the Roma People, also known as Gypsies.

 Iago has spent all of his musical life researching different types of sounds, ultimately dedicating most of his endeavors to uniting elements of Classical, Jazz and Brazilian Music.

 In Brazil, Iago spent years developing his craft as a concert pianist as well as a composer, writing mostly piano and chamber music works.

In the early 80’s he began developing a strong interest in Jazz which prompted his move to the U.S., more precisely Los Angeles, in 1987.

Once in the U.S. Iago began working with notable musicians such as Moacir Santos, one of Brazil’s greatest composer and arranger.

In 1989, Iago had the opportunity to record with great flautist James Newton.

In 1990, Weber Iago moved to the Monterey Peninsula where he resided until the end of 2008 when he moved to Vancouver, Washington . During the time he spent in the Monterey Peninsula  he formed different ensembles over the years. The most important in his career was the sextet Zen-Blend in 1991, which was ,then, categorized as Esoteric Jazz.

 Also in the 90’s Iago ( still under the name Weber Drummond) recorded two CD’s with great Brazilian guitar player Romero Lubambo. Those titles are “Face to Face” and “TWO”.

Iago has participated as a pianist and band-leader in Jazz festivals all over the world: Brazil, Mexico, U.S.A. , France and Belgium, as well as shows and interviews in the most important  Jazz radio stations in the country such as KRML in Carmel and  KCSM in San Mateo, both in California. Iago has also performed extensively as a solo artist and sideman in Italy, Luxembourg, Italy and New York, Japan and Czech Republic.

 Weber Iago has released several cd’s over the years, like “Children of the Wind” with Adventure Music and “Spring Will Stay Here” with Mogno Music.

Since 1991 Iago has made constant appearances at the Monterey Jazz Festival. The most recent one was in 2005 with the Carla Bley Big Band, which featured Carla, herself , Steve Swallow and Billy Drummond.

Iago has recorded and performed with great Jazz luminaries such as Paul McCandless, Ali Ryerson, Kenny Stahl, Claudia Villela , Charles Loos, Marcia Maria, Alex Acuna and Alphonso Johnson.

At the end of 2005 Iago was commissioned by the Carmel Bach Festival to write a composition uniting different musical genres such as Classical and Jazz. The result, Jazz Concertino for Piano and String Orchestra was premiered on July 9thof 2006 in Monterey, California.

Iago is also an experienced educator. In that role he travels constantly to give clinics and workshops in different parts of the globe. Some of these events have been Jazz Camp West,  California Brasil Camp , Stage de Musique Bresilienne in Brussels ( Belgium) . He is also in the faculty of the renowned The Jazz School in Berkeley, California.

Weber Iago has written Music for theatre plays such as “Bar Lies” by Ana Luca and arranged songs for “Kepler’s Project” by Nina Wise. For Ana Luca Iago has also composed an original score to accompany her novel “ Letters to a Love Unsung”.

As a producer Iago has recently accomplished the project titled “Caminhos Cruzados” , a CD by the Russian-American vocalist Masha Campagne.

Over the years Weber Iago has received countless commissions by different artists as well as musical institutions, such as Hidden Valley Music Seminars which commissioned him “Children of the Wind “ in 1997 and “Songs and Dances “ in 2007 , the latter, a piece for voice, piano, flute solo and flute choir, featuring Claudia Villela on voice and Keith Underwood , flute.

Also in 2007 he was commissioned by the Vento Trio to write a piece for them. The piece “Que bons ventos te trazem” was premiered early that year and was sponsored by the American Composer Forum under the umbrella of the program titled Encore.