Hi! My name is Maru. If you're feeling passionate about learning drums or percussion or really just want to give it a go I'm here to help. I'm currently teaching from a home studio in West Footscray setup with two drum sets, recording equipment and an array of instruments to get out the most creativity possible! My strongholds lie in Soul, Funk, Latin and Jazz however I listen to and play an extensive range of styles and would love to hear if there's something in particular you'd like to learn. Feel free to have a read through my biography below and don't hesitate to send through an email if you have any queries.
With over 15 years of performing and 5 years of teaching at just the age of 21, Maru Elias Nitor-Zammataro is known to be one of Australia's exciting young drummers. Now residing in Melbourne, Maru is best known for being a long term member of The Montgomery Brothers. He has been involved in an extensive range of projects Australia wide with some of Australia's leading musicians.
Although being a core member of The Montgomery Brothers and Los Caracoles, Maru has collaborated with a range of artists on various tours and projects Australia wide. Artists include, Nicky Bomba, Danny Ross, Daniel Ho (US), Ollie McGill, Jayson Watkin, Tomoki Sato (Japan), Johno's Blues Band, Tiana Khasi, Astro Travellers and many more. Career highlights include performances at Caloundra Music Festival, Regional Festival of Osorno (Chile), Diego Rivera Theatre (Chile), Echuca Winter Blues Festival, Commonwealth Games Festival, NAMM show (US) and The Great Southern Blues Festival.
Currently, Maru tends to explore an extensive range of music in all genres however always finds himself studying the records of artists such as Miles Davis Quintet, Thelonious Monk, Ray Barretto, D'angelo, Slum Village, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Roberta Flack over and over again. Stylistically, Maru's playing now boasts a fearless approach with a tasteful and colourful sound. With a solid feel similar to the shuffles of Fred Below yet a love for bending and breaking similar to the likes of Tony Williams; all whilst maintaining his forever flourishing Latin roots, Maru' sound is his own.