Errol Rackipov

Applied Percussion/Music Production

Errol Rackipov grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria engulfed by the extraordinarily rich folk music of his country. There, he received classical musical training, majoring in percussion at the Music Academy in Sofia.  In 1991, he accepted a scholarship to study with vibraphonist Gary Burton at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he learned the language of jazz. While at Berklee, Errol won the prestigious award “Most Active Mallet Performer” for 3 consecutive years.  After graduating with Summa Cum Laude Honors in Bachelor of Jazz Performance and Music Business Management (1994), Errol received a full scholarship and graduate assistantship to attend the University of Miami (UM). There, he obtained his Masters Degree in Jazz Performance (1996).  At the University of Miami, Errol discovered and developed his compositional skills under the supervision and direction of composer, Ron Miller.  Rackipov’s compositions marry the elements of American jazz, Bulgarian folk, and classical music, bringing a new sound to life. Along with his band “Dream Hunter”, Errol toured and performed in United States and Europe. His band’s critically acclaimed recording “Pleasures”, was released in Austria and was met with great success by both, critics and audience. In 1996, his tune “Pictures from a train window” from the same title album, won the “Jazziz” magazine “Percussionist on fire” competition.  Errol Rackipov has performed with Terrence Blanchard, Bob Moses, Othello Molineaux, Paquito D’ Rivera, Herb Pomeroy, and Kenny Werner.   Errol has recorded with Mike Orta in “Tower of Freedom” (featuring Paquito D’Rivera and Gary Campbell), and Juan Pablo Torres in “Pepper Trombone” (featuring Paquito D’Rivera and Arturo Sandoval).

In 1998, The Percussive Arts Society published Errol Rackipov’s article “Vibraphone Pedaling and Dampening” in the June Edition of Percussive Notes (Vol.36-3).   Errol Rackipov’s numerous pieces, arrangements, and transcriptions are published by “Errol Rackipov Publications”.  In addition to being a jazz performer, Errol is actively involved with the major symphony orchestras in South Florida. He currently holds the principal percussion chair in the Miami Symphony Orchestra.  Presently, Errol Rackipov teaches jazz improvisation, jazz theory, jazz combo, evolution of jazz, and music appreciation at Florida International University. He is also on the faculty at Florida Memorial University, where he is in charge of the music technology department and teaches computers and music, sound engineering, and music production courses, as well as drums and percussion private lessons.  Errol Rackipov manages to devote time to his newest endeavor, his Music Production company.

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