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Alastair offers lessons on drum kit, Brazilian and Latin percussion, and orchestral percussion, in addition to a range of workshops and masterclasses.  Alastair offers lessons covering all contemporary styles (rock/funk etc), brushes, sight reading, technique, improvisation, jazz drumming and more.  He is also one of Australia's leading pandeiro teachers, being a specialist in Brazilian percussion.

As an educator, Alastair is sought out for his excellent pedagogical knowledge. His students benefit from his extensive research, and from his own experiences as a student with a number of world-class drummers and percussionists, including John Riley, Scott Kettner and Ari Hoenig (US), Roberta Valente, Jorge Alabe, Celso de Almeida and Edu Ribeiro (Brazil), and Australian drummers including Simon Barker, David Jones and Hamish Stuart.

In addition to his private studio teaching, Alastair teaches at Monash University, the University of Melbourne, and schools around Melbourne.  He has helped many students fulfil their musical potential, from beginner students to professionals. Alastair has extensive experience in helping students prepare for tertiary auditions, and many of his students have gone on to study at universities around Australia, including Monash, Melbourne University, the VCA, Canberra School of Music, Tasmanian Conservatorium and Melbourne Polytech.

Alastair is highly experienced with VCE Solo Performance and Music Investigation students, and his students have consistently scored excellent marks in Year 11 and 12 music. He has also helped many students through St Cecilia and AMEB exams.  Feel free to contact Alastair to talk about your goals and

Alastair has a limited number of positions available for students in his private teaching practice.

Contact him today for further information on fees and availability.

Alastair is also available for workshops and masterclasses covering a range of topics, including jazz performance, Brazilian music, group percussion, improvisation and rhythm section workshop. In recent years he has lead dozens of workshops at colleges and universities around Australia, including the VCA, Monash University, University of Tasmania and schools in Victoria and Tasmania.  For more details on workshops and masterclasses, contact via email.

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Melbourne Northern Suburbs: Brunswick, Coburg, Fawkner, Glenroy, Campbellfied, Pascoe Vale, Hadfield, Resevoir, Coburg North, Preston, Thornbury

Upcoming Gigs
Hermeto Magnetico/Danilo Rojas Nov 29
Dany Maia - Fridays at Vamos
Dec 21 - Panorama Brasil All-Stars at Paris Cat

Upcoming Gigs

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Hermeto Magnetico/Danilo Rojas Nov 29

Saturday Nov 3, 5:30pm

Hermeto Magnetico and Danilo Rojas Quartet

at Wesley Anne, 250 High St Northcote

Thurs Nov 29, 8pm

The acclaimed pianist Danilo Rojas (Bolivia) leads the Danilo Rojas Quartet, whose improvisation stems from the tradition of the Andean and popular music of his country. The repertoire of the quartet "travels" through diverse and colourful rhythms, harmonies and melodies within contemporary music styles.

The quartet will feature in a double bill with the octet Hermeto Magnético, who are dedicated to uncovering the repertoire of Brazil’s most prolific composer Hermeto Pascoal, whose musical genius is magnetic. Made up of stellar musicians of Melbourne’s live music scene, Hermeto Magnético feature eclectic melodies, otherworldly soundscapes and free improvisation. Join us for a night that celebrates contemporary Latin American improvisers and their music. 

Tickets at the door.  More details here.

 

Dany Maia - Fridays at Vamos

Dany Maia Quintet at Vamos

Fridays from 7:30pm

Dany Maia brings the best of Brazil to Vamos every Friday night.  Joined by her stellar band, Dany brings incredible joy and energy to every performance.  Singing great songs from samba, bossa nova, MPB, and forro, Dany brings the spirit of Salvador da Bahia to Melbourne.  Bookings here.  Level 1, 37 Little Bourke St.Dany Maia 1

 

 

 

Dec 21 - Panorama Brasil All-Stars at Paris Cat

Friday Dec 21, 7pm

Panorama Brasil at Paris Cat Jazz Club

Featuring Jacqueline Gawler, Dany Maia and Josh Bridges

This is a rare chance to hear a big chunk of the extended Panorama Brasil family together in one show!  With two incredible singers - Dany Maia and Jacq Gawler - as well as Josh Bridges on cavaco/voice.  There will be lots of samba, and we'll stretch out into a whole heap of new songs.  Don't miss it - you won't get the chance to see this line-up again for a long time!  Book online here to reserve your seat.

Jacqueline Gawler