A Vic Firth Lesson Series with Scott Kettner from his book, “MARACATU FOR DRUMSET AND PERCUSSION,” available through Hal Leonard Publications.
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This lesson series will explore rhythms and instruments from the northeast of Brazil. Using four-way coordination and groove technique Scott will apply these polyrhythmic voices melodically around the drumkit and discuss concepts for applying these rhythms in a jazz, funk, or rock context.
Scott will also discuss the parallels these rhythms share with New Orleans 2nd Line and Mardis Gras Indian grooves as well as concepts for improvising around the drumset using the Maracatu and Baião ostinato pattern as a foundation. Techniques and soloing methods for playing these rhythms with the pandeiro and drumset together will also be discussed.
ABOUT SCOTT KETTNER:
Scott Kettner is a drummer, percussionist, composer, recording artist, and Artistic Director/Founder of world renowned Brazilian fusion band Nation Beat, who performed together with Willie Nelson at the 2008 Farm Aid concert. He’s also the founder and director of Maracatu New York, the first organized maracatu group in the USA.
A graduate of the New School University Jazz and Contemporary Music program and a long time student of Billy Hart, Kettner has studied intensively in Brazil and has become a member of one of the legendary traditional Maracatu groups from Recife, Brazil, Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante (founded in 1906).
In 2003 and 2005 Scott was awarded an artist grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council for his project Maracatu New York and Nation Beat and was elected a 2006 Latin Jazz Ambassador by the U.S. State Department.
As a sideman, Kettner has worked and recorded with world famous Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista, Klezmer trumpeter Frank London and the Klezmer All Star Brass Band, Grammy award-winning producer Andres Levin, and many others.
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