With his Pandeiro Jazz project, Scott Feiner has helped to expand the possibilities and perception of the Brazilian pandeiro worldwide, an instrument not normally spoken of in the same context with jazz music.
Originally a guitarist from New York City, Feiner received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music, where he studied jazz history with the legendary saxophonist Jackie McLean. During the early ‘90s he was a respected guitarist on the New York jazz scene, playing with some of the city’s finest musicians. In 1999, during his first trip to Brazil, Feiner discovered the pandeiro, the instrument that would become his passion and new means of musical expression.
He moved to Rio de Janeiro in 2001 and after only a few years became a respected pandeirista, playing in the traditional settings of Rio. However, it is Feiner’s innovative mixture of the pandeiro with jazz that has set him apart. His first CD "Pandeiro Jazz" (2006, Delira Música) received international praise, followed by "Dois Mundos" (2008, Biscoito Fino), which was nominated for a 2009 Latin Grammy Award. "Accents", his third CD, was released by the Zoho label in 2010.
Also a respected composer, Feiner’s fourth CD, "A View From Below", due to be released in late 2013 or early 2014, will be comprised of his own compositions. Feiner performs regularly at festivals and clubs worldwide with various versions of his group. He is also known for being an ambassador of the pandeiro, introducing people to the instrument around the world through his workshops.