Alan Hetherington

Try out some Brazilian percussion instruments at this free and fun workshop! Master percussionist Alan Hetherington, along with members of the Brazilian drum group, A Fantastica Bateria, will show you the instruments and give you a quick lesson in samba sounds. This year at the jazz festival don’t just watch the music, make the music!

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Alan Hetherington’s performing experience spans many of the musical genres in the west where percussion can be found. He has performed widely in North and South America and the Caribbean: Cumbia in Colombia, the Joropo tradition (maracas) in Venezuela, Afro-Peruvian music in Lima, Peru, Cuban folkloric music in Havana, and today specializes in the many musical styles of Brazil...
Since 1989 Alan has spent extensive periods of time in Brazil performing with Sombra e Agua Fresca, Bell Brasil, Carlos do Cavaco, Chocolatte da Vila Maria and Filó Machado. He has been a devotee of the samba school tradition of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, performing with some of the largest and most exciting percussion ensembles (baterias) on the planet. He has studied and performed with great masters including Mestre Tatá Batera, Mestre Serjão from the Escolas de Samba Arco Iris and Leões da Hortolândia de Jundiaí, Mestre Sombra from Mocidade Alegre, Mestre Odilon from Acadêmicos do Grande Rio, Mestre Celinho from Unidos da Tijuca, Mestre Beto from Imperatriz Leopoldinense, and Mestre Paulão from Beija-Flor.

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