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percussionist, composer and educator
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Alex Pertout is recognised as one of Australia's leading percussionists and with credits on hundreds of albums, soundtracks and jingles is undeniably one of Australia's most recorded musicians. His playing has graced number one charting singles and albums and many award winning recordings. He has also attained credits with television and theatre orchestras, in countless live performances, as a recording artist, multi-instrumentalist/composer and record producer, as an improviser, as an author and as a respected educator.
Born in Santiago, Chile, he lived in Italy before settling in Australia in 1972, where he graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with High Distinction in performance in 1983. Alex has toured Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania as a founding member of the Australian Art Orchestra led by Paul Grabowsky, has performed as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, has recording, performance and television orchestra credits with artists such as Powderfinger, Brazilian guitarist Badi Assad, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, James Morrison, Paul Kelly, Archie Roach, Japanese fusion band Casiopea, Little River Band w/John Farnham, Hunters & Collectors, French artist Charlelie Couture, The Commodores, Daryl Braithwaite, Tina Arena, Mondo Rock, Kate Ceberano, Goanna, The Seekers, Don Burrows, Ruby Hunter and Shane Howard among many others.
His percussive work can also be heard on numerous motion picture and television soundtracks including It Runs In The Family, Empire Falls, Crocodile Dundee, Siam Sunset, The Goddess Of 1967, Black & White, The Craic, Diana & Me, Simone De Beauvoir's Babies, Shiner, Witch Hunt, Gross Misconduct, Aladdin: The Return Of Jafar, La Spagnola to name a few. In the theatre he was an orchestra member for productions such as HMS Pinafore with Paul Eddigton, Me & My Girl and was a featured percussionist in a year-long season of The Lion King at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne.
Alex has produced and released recordings as a multi-instrumentalist/composer From The Heart features Mike Stern, Tom Coster, Tommy Emmanuel, Raul Rekow, Hossam Ramzy and Mark Levine amongs others, is the author of Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book released worldwide by US publishers Mel Bay and is endorsed internationally by Meinl percussion, Sabian cymbals and Vater sticks. Alex graduated with High Distiction fron the VCA, holds an MPhil in Music from the Australian National University and is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Contemporary Music Performance at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and MCM, The University of Melbourne, Australia.
Alex has a new project with Sri Lankan born vocalist/composer Nilusha Dassenaike — Alex & Nilusha — and a critically acclaimed release Moments In Time featuring pianists Joe Chindamo and Tony Gould, trumpeter Miroslav Bukovsky, drummer David Jones, guitarist Leonard Grigoryan, sarodist Saby Bhattacharya, bassist Craig Newman and legendary Latin-jazz flautist Dave Valentin.
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