Born in Argentina, Norberto Goldberg has enjoyed a multi-faceted career in New York City and beyond. Norberto’s work on drum set and percussion encompasses a wide spectrum of styles. He has performed with Broadway legends such as Chita Rivera, Sandy Duncan, and Tommy Tune and in numerous Broadway shows including Dancin’, A Chorus Line, Grease, Once On This Island, Newsies and On Your Feet! Norberto has accompanied jazz artists including Dame Cleo Laine, Dewey Redman, Slide Hampton, and composers Lalo Shifrin and Michel Legrand. Recording credits include albums with Gerry Mulligan, Grover Washington Jr., various Latin artists as well as jingles and film scores. As an educator, he has written extensively on Latin and Brazilian percussion and drum set techniques. His articles have appeared in Modern Drummer, where he originated the South of the Border column, and in Percussive Notes as contributing editor of the World Percussion column. He is the author of LP’s instructional manual Understanding Latin Rhythms and contributed to Garland’s Encyclopedia of Percussion. Norberto has conducted clinics throughout the country, at four Percussive Arts Society’s International Conventions, the first Yamaha Percussion symposium and for the United States Air Force Band.
One of the most thrilling and memorable moments in my career was playing drum set with the Israel Philharmonic in a concert conducted by TV and film composer Lalo Shifrin. Playing the theme to Mission Impossible with a symphony orchestra synthesized many of the skills that I have worked on throughout my career.
Being exposed to different music and musicians from all over the world is a constant source of inspiration and creativity. Great drummers from the past and the present also provide motivation for growth and innovation.
For me it's all about the sticks. The Vic Firth company led by its legendary namesake (who I had the privilege to meet) revolutionized the drumstick industry by creating a superior product whose quality has not diminished through the years.
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