RIZUMIK is an award-winning artist mostly known for his rhythmic and improvisational skills. Born in Lisbon and based in New York City, Rizumik connects to playing, acting (physical comedy and character work), singing, dancing (Urban dance / “Popping”), and teaching – mostly through beatbox, hand percussion and vocal improvisation. His rhythmic skills also include tap dance, body percussion, drum kits and performance with percussion syllables (“Konnakol” style).
Rizumik is part of the faculty of the Circlesongs course, at Omega Institute, teaching alongside 10 time Grammy-Award winner Bobby McFerrin. He’s been focusing on teaching his own style of beatbox / vocal percussion sounds and techniques, within his work of Rhythmic Improvisation (Branded as “Cadenza”), which also focuses on the parallel between human communication (languages / accents / alphabets) and the universal language of music and rhythm.
He was the lead in the internationally acclaimed show The Voca People, having performed on Off-Broadway (West Side Theatre and New World Stages) and around the world, for many years. The production won the 2012 Lucile Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience, and it was featured in many shows like “Live With Kelly”, “The Wendy Williams Show”, “MDA Telethon” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”.
Rizumik won “Best Vocal Percussion” at the 2017 Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella competition, in NY; He is the 2012 American Beatbox Champion, and has participated in three editions of the Beatbox Battle World Championship, in Berlin (2009, 2012 and 2015). In 2014, he was also the principal actor in a Grand Marnier online campaign, and in 2008, he was the winner of the music prize “Jovens Criadores”, in Portugal, with his vocal project aCorda.
Throughout the years, Rizumik has been part of many different endeavors, and has participated and collaborated in many albums, events, and shows around the world. Currently, he’s involved in quite a few projects, including A Cappella groups (Concrete, Urban Method and FuseJam) and collaborations with other musicians and artist (featuring The Whole Time, a NY based collective that organizes improvised concerts with guests). He mostly thrives in improvisation, humor, and movement, and he firmly believes in a spiritual and sacred approach to music practice and healing through sound.