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Alex Pertout

Alex Pertout is one of Australia's leading percussionists and with credits on hundreds of albums, motion picture soundtracks, television soundtracks and jingles is undeniably one of Australia's most recorded musicians. He was born in Santiago, Chile, lived in Italy and settled in Australia in 1972. His parents provided a creative backdrop for his musical growth. His Chilean mother and Slovenian father (surname of French origin) were ardent lovers of classical music, and in particular opera. As both of his parents loved to sing music was heard day and night. His mother's beautiful clear soprano voice are a feature on Recuerdos de los Andes a track on his self-titled cd. At the age of fifteen Alex embarked upon studies in Latin American percussion which led to an academic musical path. During his college education, he also took up vibes, orchestral percussion and piano. Alex graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1983 with distinction in performance and composition.
Diversity is certainly one of his greatest attributes, and so far his career has awarded him credits on albums, motion picture and television soundtracks, jingles, with television and theatre orchestras, as a musical director, as a record producer and engineer, and in countless live performances. He has also established himself as a respected educator and is the Head of the Improvisation Department at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia.
Some of the artists he has recorded and performed with include: Australian Art Orchestra, Powderfinger, Daryl Braithwaite, Japanese fusion band Casiopea, Brian Brown, French artist CharlElie Couture, Tina Arena, Jane Rutter, Little River Band w/John Farnham, Danii Minogue, Merril Bainbridge, Brazilian artist Badi Assad, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Things of Stone and Wood, Hunters & Collectors, Tommy Emmanuel, Paul Grabowsky, Earl Brown, Tony Gould, Debra Byrne, Olivia Newton-John, The Lovers, Mark Seymour, Christine Anu, Grace Knight, Lisa McCune, Malaysian pop band Wings, Goanna, Redgum, Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, James Morrison, Graeme Lyall, Graham Goble, The Seekers, Archie Roach, Mark Gillespie, Venice Beach, Ted Egan, Brian Cadd, Kids in the Kitchen, James Reyne, The Black Sorrows w/Joe Camilleri, Shane Howard, Stephen Cummings, Joe Chindamo, Southern Sons, Ross Wilson, Richard Pleasance, Cezary Skubiszewski, John Foreman, Judy Conelli, Kate Ceberano & Her Septet, Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Andrew Pendlebury, Coco's Lunch, Ross Ryan, Slava Grigoryan, Pseudo Echo, Kevin Borich Express, Pipoca, Chantoozies, Indecent Obsession, Colleen Hewet, Steve Grace, Greg Champion, Mondo Rock, Marc Hunter, Vince Jones, Bob Sedergreen, The Slow Club, Bruce Rowlands, John McAuslan, World Rhythm Band, Lisa Young, Seona McDowel, David Hirschfelder, Colin Buchanan, Linda George, Kavisha Mazzella, The Purple Dentists, Linda Cable, Peter Cupples, Penny Dyer, Broderick Smith, Combo La Revelacion, Wjaz, Cotton Club Orchestra, Howlin' Wind, Nick Barker & The Reptiles, Christine Sullivan and Neil Murray among others.

His percussive work is to be heard also on the soundtracks of many films. As a result of his expertise in many areas of percussion, he has been a member of numerous television orchestras backing artists such as Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, The Commodores, Tim Finn, John Tesh, Don Burrows, Tom Jones, John Farnham, George Golla, Ray Davies, Margaret Urlich, Glen Shorrock, Petula Clark, Joan Carden, Skyhooks, Gina Jeffreys, Bob Barnard, David Dixon, Grace Knight, Anthony Warlow, Slim Dusty and James Morrison, and has participated in concerts and tours of a wide musical range. He embarked on yet another facet of his already colourful artistic career releasing compact discs as a producer, composer and multi instrumentalist: Alex Pertout (Larrikin LRF-273), From The Heart (Vorticity Music 010116-1) with guests including Mike Stern, Tom Coster, Tommy Emmanuel, Raul Rekow and Mark Levine. Apart from his own releases as a composer and producer he has also written music for several short films and commercials, has been appointed musical director-composer for productions, was featured in the cd Percussion On Fire by noted US magazine Jazzziz and produced Flight (Newmarket 3014-2) the 1997 release by legendary Australian saxophonist Brian Brown. As an author Alex has released a book Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book for instrumentalists and vocalists designed to develop sight reading and rhythmic skills. The book is distributed in Australia by MP Publications and internationally by Mel Bay Publications Inc.
His ensembles Alex Pertout Ensemble, Alex Pertout & Jingo and Proyecto Mambo have performed at numerous concerts, festivals, on radio and television, both in Australia and overseas. The ensembles have also featured special guests including Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy, American pianist, composer and educator Mark Levine, band leader and singer-songwriter Joe Camilleri, jazz trumpeter Scott Tinkler, trombonist James Greening, pianists Joe Chindamo, Tony Gould, Alister Spence and Sam Keevers, saxophonists Fiona Burnett and Rob Burke, and singer Christine Sullivan. Alex is the percussion writer for Drumscene; the Australian drumming magazine, a correspondent for Drum! (USA), and has also written articles for Australian Musician, World Percussion & Rhythm (USA), Transition (Holland) and Jamm magazine. He has received Australia Council grants for recording his compositions and for ensemble development. In the inaugural Skin Full Reader's Poll, he won the Latin Percussion award "Recognising Excellence in Australian Drumming". He is endorsed world-wide by Meinl percussion, Sabian cymbals and Vater sticks.

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