Alex Pertout

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Biography

ALEX PERTOUT is a multi-award winning artist whose playing has graced number one charting singles and albums and many award-winning recordings. He is recognised 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. 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 multi-instrumentalist recording artist, composer, 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 percussive 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 albums as a multi-instrumentalist performer/composer and his productions feature an outstanding cast 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, Mike Bukovsky, Joe Chindamo, Cesar Lopez, David Jones and Leonard Grigoryan. In 2015 he was awarded the 'Premio Internacional' at the 2015 Cuban Music Awards for his production of the album ‘Tales To Tell’. He toured Mexico and Cuba on an invitation from the XX Cubadisco Festival held in Havana, Cuba with support from an Australia Council International Touring Grant.

Alex is the author of 'Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book' published by respected US publishers Mel Bay Inc, 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 in the Jazz & Improvisation Department at the Faculty of Arts and Music, University of Melbourne.

 

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY
▪ The Menkoff Method - Motion Picture Soundtrack [2016]

▪ Joe Chindamo - Another Place, Some Other Time [2014]

▪ Joe Chindamo – Paradiso [2010]

▪ Lisa Young Quartet – Grace [2009]

▪ Powerfinger - Golden Rule [2009]

▪ FGHR - Going Home [2007]

▪ Mark Seymour – Embedded [2006]

▪ Australian Art Orchestra – Ruby [2005]

▪ Saffire – Nostalgica [2004]

▪ Society Of Composers Inc - Soundscapes [2004]

▪ FGHR – Stationery [2003]

▪ Shane Howard - Retrospect [2002]

▪ It Runs In The Family - Motion Picture Soundtrack [2002]

▪ Kavisha Mazzella - Silver Tango [2001]

▪ Shiner - Motion Picture Soundtrack [2001]

▪ Australian Art Orchestra - Into The Fire [2000]

▪ Coco's Lunch - A Whole New Way Of Getting Dressed [2000]

▪ The Goddess Of 1967 - Motion Picture Soundtrack [1999]

▪ Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Gerard Brophy - Metropolis Series [1999]

▪ The Lovers - Black Orchid [1999]

▪ Joe Chindamo - Good Little Ploy [1998]

▪ Powderfinger - Odyssey Number Five [1997]

▪ Christine Sullivan – Bloom [1997]

▪ Siam Sunset  - Motion Picture Soundtrack [1996]

▪ Australian Art Orchestra - Passion [1995]

▪ Coco's Lunch - Invisible Rhythm [1995]

▪ Tommy Emmanuel - Collaboration [1995]

▪ Noah's Ark - Motion Picture Soundtrack [1994]

▪ Australian Art Orchestra - Ringing The Bell Backwards [1994]

▪ The Black Sorrows - Never Let Me Go [1994]

▪ Tommy Emmanuel - Classical Gas [1995]

▪ Charlelie Couture - Melbourne-Aussie (France) [1994]

▪ Shane Howard - River [1994]

▪ Kavisha Mazzella - Fisherman's Daughter [1993]

▪ Jamie Fielding - Notes From The Underground [1993]

▪ The Black Sorrows - Harley And Rose [1993]

▪ Hunters & Collectors - Blind Eye [1992]

▪ Tina Arena - Strong As Steel [1992]

▪ Neil Murray - Calm & Crystal Clear [1992]

▪ Hunters & Collectors - Ghost Nation [1992]

▪ Ross Wilson - Dark Side Of The Man [1991]

▪ Graham Goble - Stop [1992]

▪ The Sound Of One Hand Clapping - Motion Picture Soundtrack [1992]

▪ Daryl Braithwaite – Rise [1991]

▪ The Black Sorrows - The Chosen Ones [1991]

▪ Chantoozies - Self-Titled [1990]

▪ The Black Sorrows - Hold On To Me [1990]

▪ Hunters & Collectors - Still Hanging 'Round [1990]

▪ Casiopea - Active (Japan) [1990]

▪ Mark Gillespie – Flame [1990]

▪ Christine Sullivan - Here And Now [1990]

▪ Joe Chindamo - Anyone Who Had A Heart [1990]

▪ Debra Byrne - Sleeping Child [1990]

▪ Jane Rutter - Blo [1989]

▪ Wendy Rule - Zero [1989]

▪ Lilian's Story - Motion Picture Soundtrack [1989]

▪ Last Days Of Chez Nous - Motion Picture Soundtrack [1989]

▪ Bob Sedegreen - Bobbing And Weaving [1989]

▪ Stephen Cummings - Good Humour [1989]

▪ Debbie Byrne - Caught In The Act [1988]

▪ James Reyne - Rip It Up [1988]

▪ Mondo Rock - Aliens [1988]

▪ Hunters & Collectors - What's A Few Men? [1988]

▪ Kids In The Kitchen - Revolution Love [1988]

▪ The Silver Brumby - Motion Picture Soundtrack [1988]

▪ Mondo Rock - Boom Baby Boom [1988]

▪ Stephen Housden - New World Groove [1988]

▪ Joe Chindamo - Reflected Journey [1987]

▪ The Lovers - Embrace [1987]

▪ Penny Dyer - Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly [1987]

▪ Things Of Stone And Wood - Junk Theatre [1987]

▪ Kate Ceberano And Her Septet - Live [1987]

▪ Broderick Smith - Snowblind Moon [1987]

▪ Cezary Skubiszewski - SoundeScape [1987]

▪ Richard Pleasance - Galleon [1987]

▪ Crocodile Dundee - Motion Picture Soundtrack [1986]

▪ Little River Band - No Reins [1986]

▪ Redgum - Midnight Sun [1986]

▪ Goanna - Oceania [1986]

▪ Pseudo Echo - Try [1986]

▪ Brian Cadd - No Stone Unturned [1986]

▪ Kids In The Kitchen – Terrain [1986]

▪ Southern Sons - Don't Tell Me What's Right [1986]

▪ Aladdin: The Return Of Jafar - Motion Picture Soundtrack [1986]

▪ Wings & Superfriends - Opera Dalam Kenangan Parts 1&2 (Malaysia) [1986]

▪ Debra Byrne - Diamond In The Rough [1986]

▪ Lightning Jack - Motion Picture Soundtrack [1986]

▪ Colin Buchanan - The Measure Of A Man [1986]

▪ Paul Grabowsky - Viva Viva [1985]

▪ Things Of Stone And Wood - The Yearning [1985]

▪ Mixed Relations - Love [1985]

▪ Archie Roach - Jamu Dreaming [1985]

▪ Pseudo Echo - Love An Adventure [1985]

▪ Linda Cable - Ya-De-Ya [1985]

▪ Tony Gould - Best Of Friends [1985]

▪ Brian Brown - Wildflowers [1985]

▪ Vince Jones - Watch What Happens [1984]

▪ Stephen Cummings - Senso [1984]

▪ Peter Cupples - Fear Of Thunder [1983]

▪ World Rhythm Band - Ibex [1982]

▪ Broderick Smith's Big Combo - Self-Titled [1982]

▪ Savanna Silver Band - Pure Silver [1977]

▪ Seona McDowell - Gossamer Wings [1977]


PRODUCTIONS
▪ Alex Pertout - Otra Vez [2018]

▪ Alex Pertout - Baba Soroso [2018]

▪ Alex & Nilusha - Afterglow [2016]

▪ Alex Pertout - From The Heart [2015]

▪ Alex & Nilusha - Tales To Tell [2014]

▪ Nilusha Dassenaike - The Lotus Verses [2014]

▪ Alex & Nilusha – Falling [2013]

▪ Alex & Nilusha - Moments In Time [2012]

▪ Alex Pertout - Lusambo [2000]

▪ Brian Brown - Flight [1999]

▪ Jazziz On Disc - Percussion On Fire USA [1998]

References

Quotes

Alex Pertout percussionist extraordinaire...
- Warwick McFadyen | SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
He flatters most contexts in which he performs, combining the ability to bring an 
extremely sophisticated sense of orchestration to bear...
- John Shand | JAZZ’N’BLUES
A musician's musician...
- Mike Daly | THE AGE