Lara Klaus is a percussionist, drummer, singer, songwriter and educator. She is especially devoted to the study and teaching of percussions.
A native of northeastern Brazil, Lara was part of several groups and played with renowned Brazilian artists including Elba Ramalho and Moraes Moreira. She has performed at major festivals worldwide such as the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and has given concerts and workshops in many countries.
Lara is also part of Ladama, a group formed by four women from different cultural backgrounds (United States, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil) that uses music as a tool of social change and empowerment for women and youth. The group has brought out two albums, Ladama (2017) and Oye Mujer (2020) and has toured at major festivals in South America, North America and Europe, including Womex and the Monterey Jazz Festival.
In 2018, Ladama saw one of its songs selected for the soundtrack of the video game Fifa 2019. And the group recorded the Web series Tiny Desk Concerts in the United States.
Currently living in Montréal, Lara is part of Jeunes Musiciens du Monde (MJM), an international organization where she teaches percussions to children and adolescents at risk.
She explores various combinations of percussions, from beatboxes to a range of African instruments, embellished by her guitar playing and her voice. She solo project began in 2016, and her début album, Força do Gesto, was released in 2018.
Lara won the Syli d’Argent and the audience choice award at the 14th Syli d’Or of World Music at the Club Balattou in Montréal.
Her original compositions are influenced primarily by the music of northeastern Brazil and by Afro-Latino music. In her new show titled Poeira Estelar, she is accompanied by André Galamba (guitar and musical direction), David Ryshpan (keyboards) and Erivan Duarte (bass).