Nation Beat’s Carnival Caravan is a new collaborative touring concept, whose goal is to incorporate local Brazilian, New Orleans and related music, dance and art groups into a package show that explores the cultural exchange between North and South America. Local groups are invited to collaborate and perform with the around the 6-piece percussion driven Nation Beat and/or share the bill on shows.

Educational Outreach

There is also a multi-level educational component available as part of the Carnival Caravanpackage. Nation Beat band leader Scott Kettner literally wrote the book on maracatu percussion – at least the English language version (Maracatu For Drum Set & Percussion, Hal Leonard 2013) which was released this past August. Along with members of Nation Beat, Kettner can conduct percussion, drum set and guitar outreach and workshops with guitarist Mark Marshall in public schools and universities, youth centers and with local musicians based on the folkloric music from northeastern Brazil and southeastern USA. Lectures, presentations and art installations can be held at local art galleries, cultural centers, Brazilian Embassies and other local community centers around the theme of Carnival and its cultural aspects in Brazil and New Orleans.

Scott Kettner is a faculty member at The New School University where he teaches private drum set and percussion classes as well as conducts the Brazilian Maracatu Ensemble. Scott is available for clinics, private lessons and master classes. Scott has conducted master classes at Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin College, NYU, Columbia University, Syracuse University, University of Wisconsin at Madison and many more.

Private Lessons

Scott Kettner is now accepting a limited number of serious drumset and/or Brazilian percussion students.

Drumset classes include:

• Jazz styles and technique
• Brazilian Rhythms for drumset (emphasis on northeast rhythms)
• Improvisational techniques
• Sight reading
Brazilian Percussion Classes include:
• Pandeiro (Brazilian tamborine): technique, grooves and styles
• Maracatu Percussion
• Zabumba (bass drum used in Forró)

Students will be encouraged to read music, develop their own voice on their instrument, compose and improvise.

Scott’s past students have been accepted to Laguardia Performing Arts High School, Berkley College of Music, CAL Arts and have traveled to Recife, Brazil to further study the traditional rhythms of Maracatu and Forro.

Maracatu for Drumset and Percussion

FINAL_cover_2The first in-depth English-language instructional book on the 400 year old traditions of Maracatu de Baque Virado.

Maracatu for Drumset and Percussion explores the traditional Brazilian rhythms of Maracatu de Baque Virado, which are deeply rooted in the Candomblé religion but have expanded to provide the rhythmic framework for a particularly exciting style of music. Author Scott Kettner explores every aspect of this dynamic genre, including: instruments of Maracatu de Baque Virado, changing traditions of maracatu, traditional and contemporary maracatu manifestations, drumset applications, New Orleans mambo, and more.

In addition to the musical portion, the book features a thorough exploration of the history, culture, and significance of Maracatu de Baque Virado.

The book explores the rhythms and styles from some of the most important traditional maracatu groups in Brazil. and comes with a CD of listening examples and 98 play-along tracks is included.

Publisher: Hal Leonard
Release Date: 07/25/2013
$19.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 06620170
ISBN: 9781458417732
UPC: 884088612887

“For the first time, Scott traces the connection between Brazilian Maracatu and the Second-Line drumming of New Orleans.”
-Billy Hart (legendary jazz drummer and educator)

“By checking out this material, I’ve been able to expand my knowledge of Brazilian music and come up with tons of new ideas that I can use in my own playing situations.”
-Stanton Moore (funk drummer, clinician and educator)

“Bravo to Scott for shedding so much light on such important and wonderful music!”
-Michael Spiro(percussionist, recording artist, educator; Professor of Music at Indiana University)

“The introductory section covering the history and evolution of this music was a most interesting and enlightening read.”
-Ed Uribe (drummer, percussionist, producer, author, educator)