Percussionist

Trevor Kentish

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Percussionist
London
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A very talented and experienced multi-genre percussionist who plays with sensitivity and a unique style.

I am a professional Percussionist and teacher, who has been teaching and performing both nationally and internationally for the past 15 years. I have studied percussion in Brazil, Cuba and Djembe in Gambia West Africa and have also studied with Master Drummer Seneke Sillah also from the Gambia. This diverse knowledge has helped me develop a unique playing style which enhances other music genres such as Jazz, Funk, Soul and Pop. My playing experience involves projects as diverse as; West end musicals, Thriller Live (Michael Jackson's music), Jazz fusion with Xantone Blacq (The late Amy Winehouse's Keyboard player) Billy Ocean and Mbilla Arts (Gambian dance project). Since 2013 I have worked each summer as a Music Practitioner for a charity called “NCS Powered by the Challenge” who provide 15-17 year olds with three weeks of challenges which help them learn new skills and experiences and meet new people within their communities. My task was to teach them Afro-Brazilian percussion over three days, the third day was a showcase for their families.. I have been doing this for three years now and this is an ongoing project which I thoroughly enjoy. My skills we're also required as a Professional Music Trainer with NCS. As a trainer, I was responsible for planning and delivering Brazilian Percussion training sessions to the Music Practitioners, in order to ensure that they are able to deliver the  training curriculum provided by NCS, to be able to teach this to 15-17 year old children who have signed up to the NCS programme and to fulfil the aims of the training, by ensuring that the participants are sufficiently equipped and resourced and provide with a high quality experience, by delivering inspiring and motivating training sessions.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Pop, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Brazilian music, Latin, Samba, Bossa nova, Reggae, Funk, Soul, Jazz fusion, Gospel, Acoustic
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Instruments:
Percussion, Bongos
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Community music worker, Instrumental teaching
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Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I'm very flexible and can accommodate changes at your event, but let me know within a reasonable time of any changes

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

N/A

How much time do you need to set up?

1 hour

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

N/A

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, plus my own mixer and iPad

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

N/A

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Variety of Percussion instruments and styles

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Hootananny Bar and Lambeth Country Show with my own percussion group. Pizza Express as Percussionist with a band. Ealing Jazz Festival WOMAD with an Afro-Cuban percussion ensemble

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Brazilian, African and Cuban musicians

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

1994 Commonwealth Games Vancouver Canada with an Afro-Brazilian Percussion group

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Damon D, 1 month ago

Trevor was incredible a true performer, He went above ad beyond and the audience loved him would definitely recommend

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Caroline L, 22 days ago

Trevor Kentish and Gui Tavares have been a wonderful addition to the fine musical team at the OXO Tower Brasserie. Their performance is vibrant and warm and they have a great understanding of how to read the atmosphere in our busy venue”

Caroline B, 8 years ago

Trevor Kentish and Gui Tavares have been a wonderful addition to the fine musical team at the OXO Tower Brasserie. Their performance is vibrant and warm and they have a great understanding of how to read the atmosphere in our busy venue” Caroline Loftus Jazz vocalist and Musical co-ordinator for Harvey Nichols at the OXO Tower Brasserie and Bar, and Prism Brasserie and Bar.

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