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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
Hermeto Magnetico at Open Studio Nov 3
Dany Maia - Fridays at Vamos
Nov 2 - Panorama Brasil at Paris Cat

Upcoming Gigs

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

Hermeto Magnetico at Open Studio Nov 3

Saturday Nov 3, 5:30pm

Hermeto Magnetico at Open Studio

Hermeto Magnético is an octet dedicated to uncovering the repertoire of the legendary Brazilian virtuoso Hermeto Pascoal, whose music ranges from an eclectic mix of popular Brazilian music influences to improvisation, jazz, and classical, and who is known for a musical creativity that goes beyond conventions as it is 'neither jazz, nor bossa nova, nor samba’.  Join us for the early set (5:30pm) at Open Studio, 204 High St, Northcote.  Tickets at the door

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Nov 2 - Panorama Brasil at Paris Cat

Friday Nov 2, 7pm

Panorama Brasil at Paris Cat Jazz Club

Featuring Jacqueline Gawler

Panorama Brasil return to the Paris Cat for a night of great Brazilian song, featuring one of Australia's leading jazz vocalists, Jacqueline Gawler.  Songs from Jobim, Cartola, Nascimento, Djavan and more.  Bookings recommended - book online here.

Jacqueline Gawler