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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 and Melbourne Polytechnic (NMIT), as well as at 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 NMIT.

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.

Credit and debit cards accepted. 

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

Upcoming Gigs
May 26 - Trio Agogo at the Paris CAt
June 10 - Jobim's Masterpieces, Melb Int Jazz Fest
Dec 17 - Trio Agogo at Paris Cat

Upcoming Gigs

Please click through the tabs for information on our upcoming gigs.

May 26 - Trio Agogo at the Paris CAt

Friday May 26, 7pm

Trio Agogo at the Paris Cat Jazz Club

Trio Agogo return to the Paris Cat for a night of fiery choro, featuring saxophonist Ben Carr.  Check out this video of us in the studio with Ben, recording one of Paul's great tunes.

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June 10 - Jobim's Masterpieces, Melb Int Jazz Fest

Saturday June 10

Jobim's Masterpieces

Vince Jones, featuring Doug de Vries

Part of the 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival

After the stunning sold-out success of "Jobim" at the 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Australia’s leading jazz vocalist, Vince Jones, brings this tribute to the 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.  Guitar virtuoso Doug de Vries features, as well as being musical director for this concert of works from the iconic Brazilian composer, pianist and songwriter, Antônio “Tom” Carlos Jobim.

A founder of the bossa-nova style, Jobim’s 1965 mega-hit The Girl from Ipanema fuelled the craze for Brazilian-inspired music that swept the world. The genius behind some of the world’s biggest jazz and pop hits of all time, Jobim has been an enduring influence on subsequent generations, and was much admired for his collaborations with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz and João Gilberto.

Joining Jones and de Vries will be Jones' long-time collaborator Matt McMahon (piano), as well as members of Panorama Brasil.

Check out the reviews for "Jobim" here and here

 

 

 

Dec 17 - Trio Agogo at Paris Cat

Saturday December 17, 7pm - Trio Agogo at Paris Cat

Brazil on Fire is an exciting collaboration between two of Melbourne’s great exponents of Brazilian music.
 Trio Agogo have been performing since 2009 and features master percussionist Al Kerr and Guitarists Adam May and Paul Carey.  These players have featured in Doug de Vries’ legendary groups and have forged their own groups which have toured nationally and been invited to international festivals.  Ben Carr is well known in Australia as a saxophonist of great virtuosity and originality.  He leads his own trio and is a prolific composer.  This collaboration brings together the powerful swinging grooves of the rhythm section as the bed for Carr’s explosive improvisations.  The material is comprised of standard repertoire which has been reinterpreted within this group and original contemporary compositions inspired by Brazil and beyond.  Online bookings here.