Maxim Zettel


Maxim_Zettel_Codarts_World_Music_Latin_PercussionMaxim Zettel lives as a freelance musician, percussionist, teacher and composer in Cologne, Germany. For many years now, Maxim Zettel’s passion has been Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music. His musical roots are among others: Samba, Bossa Nova, Choro, MPB, Salsa, Son and Rumba, but also Pop, Funk, Latin-Jazz, World Music and Flamenco.

Maxim Zettel has expressed his musical versatility in many gigs, shows and studio recordings. He produced his own arrangements for percussion instruments and took part in show productions for renowned event agencies. His engagements led him to appearances in many counties inside and outside Europe.

Performing and teaching go hand in hand with Maxim Zettel. Since 2007 he teaches Brazilian percussion in World Music Department of the Conservatory “Codarts”. Throughout his career he led several Samba groups and many workshops.

he studyed Latin Percussion at “Codarts”, under the guidance of Lukas van Merwijk, Martin Verdonk, Nils Fischer and Dirk Hauptmann. Additionally, he took master classes with reputable musicians from Brazil, Cuba and New York, amongst others with Marcos Suzano, Armando Peraza, Luis Conte and Larry Harlow.



  • member of Latin-Balkan band Laki Latino 2001 – 2016
  • member of percussion group Medicamento 2003 – 2014
  • performed with several artists from brazil: Paulinho Mosca, Joyce Cândido, Monique Kessous, Marina Iris, Lilian Vieira, Cloenice dos Santos, Ricardo Defeo Fuiza, Patrice



Why do you believe students should come to Codarts

"The World Music department of Codarts is regarded as a standout reference in the international music scene. It is unique to have the opportunity to study as a main subject many genres like Latin/Brazilian, Turkish, Indian music and Argentinian tango and to have the opportunity to join crossover ensembles of these genres with Jazz, Pop and Classic."

What are you going to teach them?

"The aim of my lesson is to learn about the different traditional and modern styles of Brazilian music like Samba, Choro, Música Nordestina, Maracatu, MPB, Axê, Samba-Jazz etc., how to play these styles technically on the numerous percussion instruments: Pandeiro, Tamborim, Repinique, Timbal, Surdo, Caixa etc. and how to function as a percussionist in a band context."

How are you going to teach them?

"a) Individual lessons: the focus is on teaching techniques, variations, solo phrasings/solo concepts and the Brazilian swinge (groove). b) Group lessons/ensembles: the focus is on Samba Batucada/Enredo, Samba Reggae, Maracatu, Coco etc. and how to lead an ensemble. In both lessons students also have to transcribe songs and play along with recordings."


2x winner of AMP percussion festival contest Amsterdam (1x with Batuquinho 2002, 1x with Bloco Coringa 2004)