“Pereira played the role of rhythmic guardian angel. His magical hands gliding over the rhythms of five continents with graceful distinction” –
In concert with David Hirschfelder. Herald-Sun


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About Ray

Ray has a unique and innovative style of playing, drawing upon West African, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and jazz drumming styles. As well as his own projects, Ray has worked in a variety of contexts with jazz virtuosos (Arthur Blyth, Paul Grabowsky), rock legends (Chubby Checker & Australia’s Paul Kelly), opera singers (David Hobson) and traditional musicians from Sri Lanka and West Africa and Cuba. Ray’s exciting virtuosic performances have stunned audiences around the world and his subtle recordings have delighted many…..

 


Knowledge

As a teacher of African and Afro Cuban drumming and percussion, and now his new concept, Ray’s journey has covered continents and decades.

Ray is a current and practicing musician who chooses to expand his repertoire and knowledge by continuing to study and play with the best musicians in the world.
Since traveling to New York in the 80’s Ray has studied in Cuba, Ghana ,Ivory Coast and Sri Lanka. He travels regularly to Ghana and Sri Lanka for performance and study.

Experience

Ray has run workshops in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and Regional Centres around Australia.
These include workshops and performances at Festivals, Schools and Universities throughout Australia.

Ray has been involved as a coordinator and teacher of the over the past 18 years and is currently coordinator and founder of the < which has already seen three successful in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Guest Lecturer at..

Monash University, Victorian College of The Arts, Edith Cowan University, Southern Cross University Lismore campus, Lismore College of Performing Arts, University of Adelaide Performing Arts campus. Queensland Conservatorium – Griffith University campus and Mackay campus.

African Drumming classes – Melbourne:

Ray likes to think of himself as a musician and a performer… but… his students also know him as a passionate teacher !

Ray runs regular African Drumming lessons across three sites in Melbourne: Fitzroy, Footscray and Brunswick.
Classes are also run in Eltham and Elwood.

Hundreds of students (beginners, intermediates, advanced, local, international, adults and kids) have benefited from Ray’s ability to deliver complex threads of traditional rhythms with a teaching style that makes them accessible and achievable.

Performance

Performances tours & recordings with Australian artists
Cristine Anu
Joe Camilleri
Kate Ceberano
Doug De Vries
Tommy Emmanuel
Renee Geyer
Paul Grabowsky
Ross Hannaford
David Hirschfelder
Ruby Hunter
Vince Jones
Paul Kelly
Rick Price
James Reyne
Archie Roach
Mondo Rock
Steve Tallis
Ross Wilson
Yothu Yindi
Performances and tours with International artists
Hugh Masekela
Charles and Eddie
Arthur Blyth
Nii Tettey Tetteh
The Kusun Ensemble
Desree (TV)
Isaac Hayes (TV)
Bobby Previt
Ricky Martin (TV)
Chubby Checker (TV)
Recordings with International artists
Arthur Blythe (with Tibetan Dixie) Nii Tettey Tetteh
The Kusun Ensemble
The Africa Boys

 

Recent Tours
Way Out West
2008 – Canada, Italy, japan, australia
2009 – Japan, Korea, Australia
2010 – Australia
2011 – Chile, UK, Norway,Denmark

Contact

Telephone +61 403 198 223

 


To find out more about African Drumming in Melbourne, Please get in touch.

 

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