Chilean born Alex Pertout has been recognised for decades as one of Australia's leading creative percussionists and with credits on hundreds of albums, soundtracks and jingles is undeniably one of Australia's most recorded musicians. He is a multi-award winning artist whose playing has graced number one charting singles and albums and many award-winning recordings. As a versatile percussionist he has also attained credits as a member of numerous television orchestras, theatre orchestras, in countless live performances covering a wide musical spectrum as well as a respected educator and academic. In tandem he has developed a personal creative artistic career as a recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, recording engineer, record producer, author and ensemble leader.
As a founding member of the Australian Art Orchestra led by Paul Grabowsky he has toured Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania, has performed as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, has recording, performance and television orchestra credits with an array of artists including Powderfinger, Badi Assad, Shane Howard, James Morrison, Paul Kelly, Casiopea, Jackson Browne, Little River Band w/John Farnham, Archie Roach, Hunters & Collectors, Daryl Braithwaite, Goanna, The Black Sorrows, Tony Gould, Dave Valentin, Ute Lemper, Charlelie Couture, Redgum, The Commodores, Kutcha Edwards, Tommy Emmanuel, Tina Arena, Goanna, Kate Ceberano, Broderick Smith, Tom E Lewis, Brian Brown, Mondo Rock and Cezary Skubiszewski among many others. His
work can also be heard on numerous motion pictures including It Runs In The Family, Empire Falls, Crocodile Dundee, Gross Misconduct, Aladdin: The Return Of Jafar to name a few and in the theatre he has been a featured percussionist in The Lion King.
He has produced cds as a multi-instrumentalist performer/composer. His productions have featured an array of national and international artists including Mike Stern, Tom Coster, Dave Valentin, Tommy Emmanuel, Mark Levine, Raul Rekow, Hossam Ramzy, Paul Grabowsky, Pancho Amat, Edsel Gomez, Justo Pelladito, Tom E Lewis, William Roblejo, Christine Sullivan, Andrea Keller, Mike Bukovsky, Joe Chindamo, David Jones and Leonard Grigoryan among many others. Alex is the author of 'Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book' published by Mel Bay, is a regular contributor to Drumscene magazine and is endorsed internationally by Meinl percussion, Zildjian cymbals, Remo heads and Vic Firth sticks. He graduated with high distinction from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), holds a Master of Philosophy in Music degree from the Australian National University (ANU) and is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of VCA and MCM at the University of Melbourne. His production Tales To Tell won the 'Premio Internacional' at the XIX 2015 Cuban Music Awards (Cubadisco) while his latest production Afterglow was premiered in Mexico and at the XX 2016 Cubadisco Festival in Havana, Cuba. Alex is currently recording a 2018 solo release.
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