Igor Willcox was born in São Paulo on January 6, 1981. He descends of various generations of musicians as having greater influence his father, Paulo César Willcox (conductor and arranger) and his mother, Sonia Rocha (singer). Igor started playing drums in 1995 at age 14, having as his teachers the drummers Alexandre Faccas and Jojo Mayer.
Considered one of the most important drummers in Brazil, Igor has played and recorded with important artists of Brazilian and international scene as; The legendary singer Jimmie Bo Horn (KC & Sunshine Band), Guilherme Arantes, Familia Lima, Sandy & Junior, Fernanda Porto, Frejat, Gary Brown, Kenny Brown, Camille Bertault, Placa Luminosa, among other artists.
In instrumental music, Igor has played and recorded with great names of Jazz and Brazilian music such as Bocato, Tomati, Tony Lakatos, Frank Colon (Weather Report), Michel Leme, Marcinho Eiras, Ary Roland, Arismar do Espirito Santo, Thiago do Espirito Santo, Tiago Costa, Michel Friendenson, Sandro Haick, David Richards, Zerró Santos, Walmir Gil, Luis Cabrera, Pepe Rodriguez, Erik Escobar, Decebal Badila, Marcio Negri, Tomati, Chiquinho Oliveira, Lanny Gordin, Rubem Farias, Alexandre Mihanovic, Jj Franco, Bruno Alves, etc.
His album with the trio "New Samba Jazz", released by the Swiss label Altrisuoni Records, had excellent reviews in Europe, Asia, USA, and Brazil, becoming Best Seller of the label for 4 years.
Important Festivals / Awards:
- Batuka Festival III (drum festival organized by the Vera Figueiredo’s Institute). Igor won the contest in the category of musicality, in 1998.
-Batuka Festival IV, alongside big names Dave Weckl and Virgil Donati .
- Igor was nominated as a drummer revelation in 2000, by Batera & Percussão Magazine
- Presented on the 1st edition of Batukinha, where it also played the artists Vera Figueiredo, Sam Aliano, Marco Minnemann, Jim Chapin and Dom Famularo.
- 2nd Modern Drummer Festival (Brazil).
- Performed workshops in Germany at the University of Music in Frankfurt, Hamburg School of Music, among others.
- IV Modern Drummer Festival IP & T.
- Columnist for the Batera & Percussão Magazine, for 1 year.
- Zildjian Camp Brazil 2015
In 2017 Igor has released his first album and play-along as a solo artist, called #1, featuring big names of brazilian instrumental music.
The album had excellent reviews on the most important and the popular jazz websites of the world as, All About Jazz, World Music Report, Clube de Jazz.
“ Fans of fusion and jazz- funk in particular will appreciate Willcox's hard-driving, relentless style, and with some tasteful contributions from his colleagues, it's an auspicious outing from this versatile drummer and songwriter."
"There's more than enough evidence here to suggest that Willcox can claim a place at the table among current drummers continuing to draw effective inspiration from the abundant resources of jazz fusion.”
(Troy Dostert - All About Jazz).
Currently, Igor Willcox is dedicated to his instrumental music project "Igor Willcox Quartet".
Igor Willcox Quartet is a jazz/fusion group formed by Igor Willcox (drums/compositions), Vini Morales (electric piano/synth), Wagner Barbosa (saxophone) and Glecio Nascimento (bass guitar). With elements of jazz, funk, and fusion, the group plays originals compositions, exploring all musicality, spontaneity, and synergy.
The quartet has achieved great notoriety in the instrumental music scene, standing out and performing in the most important festivals and Brazilian Jazz clubs such as Bourbon Street, Sescs, Santos Jazz Festival, São Paulo Jazz Festival, Play Jazz Festival, Jazz no Hostel, etc.
In April / May of 2019 the group already has a tour scheduled in Canada, with concerts confirmed in the most important jazz clubs of the country, such as the legendary Yardbird Suite (Edmonton), Frankie’s Jazz (Vancouver), The Jazz Room (Waterloo), The Rex (Toronto), Bucking Jam Palace (Calgary).
Igor Willcox Quartet released an album in 2018, the first of the group, called “LIVE!”, that shows the concert exactly as it is:
“The first Live album of the Brazilian drummer Igor Willcox quartet, captures the spirit of a strongly welded band performing at a high voltage in the most impassioned and interactive way. It features seven originals along with three compositions belonging to jazz fusion legends such as Allan Holdsworth, Wayne Shorter, and Lenny White.
Ten tracks of unexpected, creative interactions resulted from the combined strength of four virtuosi musicians, each of them contributing with their inventive skills to a perfect fusion of musicality and rhythms. Fans of jazz fusion will enjoy a high-quality album delivered by a phenomenal band fueled by the natural energy of like minds playing as a singular voice”. ( Jazz World Quest).
The album also received an excellent review from All About Jazz, one of the most important jazz sites of the world.
Igor Willcox is an endorser of Zildjian Cymbals, Nagano Drums, Korg and Luen Drumheads, Pad Gorilla, Fsa Cajons, Power Click.