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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.

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

Upcoming Gigs
June 2 - Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat
Dany Maia Quintet at the Paris Cat
Apr 20 & 21 - Afro Sambas with Alda Rezende

Upcoming Gigs

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

June 2 - Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat

Saturday, June 2, 7pm

Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat Jazz Club

featuring Jacq Gawler

Jacqueline Gawler, one of Australia's best interpreters of Brazilian song, joins Panorama Brasil for a tour through the works of some of Brazil's greatest songwriters.  Music from Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Cartola, Djavan, and more.  Supported by Panorama Brasil - Australia's leading Brazilian-jazz ensemble, lead by drummer/composer Alastair Kerr.  These shows regularly sell-out - bookings strongly recommended.

 Jacqueline Gawler

Dany Maia Quintet at the Paris Cat

Dany Maia Quintet at the Paris Cat Jazz Club

Friday May 25, 7pm

Dany Maia returns to the Paris Cat with her stellar band.  Joined by Daniel Mougerman (piano), Ben Carr (sax), Memo Beltzer (bass), and Al Kerr (drums), 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.Dany Maia 1

 

 

 

Apr 20 & 21 - Afro Sambas with Alda Rezende

Panorama Brasil presents:

The Afro Sambas

Featuring Alda Rezende

Following sold-out performances with Panorama Brasil in 2017, Alda Rezende returns to Australia in 2018 to perform Baden Powell & Vinicius de Moraes' Afro Sambas with Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat. From the Brazilian state of Belo Horizonte, Alda is one of the most distinctive and captivating voices to emerge from Brazil in recent years.

 

A virtuosic guitarist and genius composer, Baden Powell combined classical techniques with popular harmony and swing, performing in many different styles, including bossa nova, samba, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz and música popular brasileira. His album Os Afro-sambas is a masterpiece of post-Bossa Nova Brazil. Written with poet/lyricist Vinícius de Moraes, these compositions represent the breadth and beauty of Afro-Brazilian music — music central to the Brazilian identity.Melbourne-based ensemble Panorama Brasil draws on the diverse musical landscape of Brazil: music with influences from the arid interior, the Amazonian basin, and the streets of Rio and Salvador. Lead by drummer/composer Alastair Kerr (a long-time student of Brazilian music, and one of Australia’s leading exponents of Brazilian percussion) Panorama Brasil explores the Afro roots that inspired Powell, bringing Afro-Brazilian drumming to the centre of this suite.

 

Tickets April 20

Tickets April 21

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