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Since 1985 Ian has traded as a freelance musician, visual artist, community artist, workshop leader, musical director, composer, producer, writer, maker, arts-project manager and teacher.
Samba drumming in the UK has evolved far beyond the quaint simplifications of Brazilian rhythms that were once the norm. The educational aspect of the work Ian delivers with percussion begins with simple and highly accessible techniques, but can progress quickly toward a much more complex engagement with music and performance, leading, for instance, to improvisation and composition.
Ian combines the excitement and addictiveness of community drumming with the samba’s potential to integrate a wide range of abilities and levels of experience into a new music influenced by hip-hop, bhangra and other contemporary dance genres.