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. Born in Santiago, Chile, he lived in Italy before settling in Australia in 1972, where he graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with distinction in performance and composition in 1983. He has toured Europe and Asia with the Australian Art Orchestra, has featured as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Powderfinger, Japanese band Casiopea, Hunters & Collectors, Brazilian guitarist Badi Assad, Daryl Braithwaite, Tina Arena, Christine Anu, Little River Band w/ John Farnham, Goanna, Redgum, James Morrison, and Archie Roach among many others. His percussive work can also be heard on numerous motion picture and television soundtracks including Crocodile Dundee, It Runs In The Family, Siam Sunset, Witch Hunt, The Shiner, Lilian's Story, The Craic and Aladdin; The Return of Jafar, with television orchestras on all the major networks backing artists such as Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, The Commodores, Tim Finn, John Tesh, Don Burrows, Tom Jones, John Farnham, Ray Davies, Margaret Urlich, Glen Shorrock, Petula Clark, Joan Carden, Skyhooks, Gina Jeffreys, Anthony Warlow, Slim Dusty and James Morrison, in jingles, with theatre orchestras, as a musical director, record producer, sound 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.
The Alex Pertout Ensemble has performed in numerous concerts, festivals, on radio and television, both in Australia and overseas. The ensemble has also featured special guests including Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy, American pianist, composer and educator Mark Levine, jazz trumpeter Scott Tinkler, trombonist James Greening, pianists Joe Chindamo, Alister Spence, Tony Gould and Sam Keevers, saxophonists Fiona Burnett and Rob Burke and singer Christine Sullivan. Alex has released cds as a producer, composer and multi instrumentalist, was featured in the cd Percussion On Fire by noted US magazine Jazzziz, produced Flight (Newmarket 3014-2) the 1997 release by legendary Australian saxophonist Brian Brown and is the author of Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book distributed in Australia by MP Publications and internationally by Mel Bay Publications Inc. Alex is endorsed world-wide by Meinl percussion, Sabian cymbals and Vater sticks. His latest cd release From The Heart featuring among others Mike Stern, Tom Coster, Tommy Emmanuel, Raul Rekow and Mark Levine is out now through Vorticity Music (Australia)and has been released in 2004 in Europe by Nicolosi Productions (Italy).