Birger Sulsbrück

International Visiting Tutor in Percussion


Birger Sulsbrück is the leader and conga player of Salsa Na’ Má Latin orchestra from Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1999 Salsa Na’ Má celebrated its 20th anniversary, playing concerts and recording a CD in Cuba. Birger is also the leader of Coco Son Latin quartet and Krølle & Cocodrilo – salsa for children.

As a percussionist, Birger has collaborated with artists and bands including Dave Hassell, Knut Kristiansen, Juan Pablo Torres, David Liebmann, The Danish Radio Big Band, Nana Vasconcelos, Bobby Watson, Harold Danko, Zakir Hussein, Mory Kanté, Bob Mintzer, Celio de Carvalho and Arto Tunchboyaciyan.

Alongside his role at the RNCM, Birger also teaches at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and has previously taught at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory, the Institute of Musical Sciences a.o. – in Latin-American percussion, salsa bands, and rhythmic training – ‘From Head to Body’. Through the years he has presented new ideas such as Night Rumba and Drum Circles, which have become a natural part of his teaching methods.

Birger studied in Denmark with Ed Thigpen, Kasper Winding and Pablo Arosemena. His studies in New York were with Johnny Rodriguez Jr and in Cuba with Luis Abreu (Los Papines), Tomás Jiméno Díaz and Guilhermo Barreto. Also to be mentioned are sessions with Luis Conte and Carlinhos Pandeiro, Tata Güines de Oro. Birger studied Cuban music history with Professor Olavo Alén Rodriguez in Havanna.