Alex Pertout is an award-winning artist whose playing has graced iconic Australian number one hits such as 'The Horses' by Daryl Braithwaite and 'My Happiness' by Powderfinger, as well as 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, record producer, author and ensemble leader.
As a founding member of the Australian Art Orchestra led by Paul Grabowsky he 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
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 - Lusambo, From The Heart, Baba Soroso, Otra Vez - his productions featuring an outstanding cast of celebrated 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. Alex is the author of 'Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book' published by Mel Bay and is a regular contributor to Drumscene magazine. 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 as an academic is a Senior Lecturer in the Jazz & Improvisation Department at the Faculty of Arts and Music, University of Melbourne. His latest release Akhuya, a single from his forthcoming Drumming album, features a percussive interplay with Egyptian master percussionist Hossam Ramzy.