LP Percussion Clinic - Raul Rekow & Karl Perazzo (Santana)

Raul Rekow and Karl Perazzo clinic poster

Raul Rekow has played congas with Carlos Santana since 1976, participating in the groundbreaking melding of Latin, rock and funk styles that characterizes the band's history. For over twenty years Rekow has added his pulsating and colorful rhythms to the Santana sound that has captivated audiences on five continents.

Initially self-taught, Rekow learned about Cuban percussion from fellow Santana veterans Armando Peraza and Orestes Vilato. He passes on that knowledge at LP sponsored clinics along with fellow Santana musician and LP artist Karl Perazzo. The duo feeds off of each other's energy and talent, resulting in a kinetic performance whether live in a clinic or on their best-selling instructional video From Afro-Cuban to Rock. Their presentations have become immensely popular because of the combination of top-notch expertise and an easygoing sense of humour.

Raul teamed up with LP to create the LP Raul Rekow Signature Congas and Bongos featuring a vibrant tiger print.

Every musician has an idol, a performer or group that embodies what they wish to become. From his childhood in San Francisco, Karl Perazzo wanted to play with Santana. "I used to play with the band when I was younger," he jokes, "but then the needle broke."

However, young Perazzo did have considerable talent, and had played with Cal Tjader, Malo, Ray Obiedo, Prince and Andy Narell by the time he was 12. His life-long dream was realized in 1991 when he joined Santana to play timbales. Perazzo has also performed and recorded with Mariah Carey, Dizzy Gillespie, Phish, The United Nations Orchestra and John Lee Hooker. He also has several side projects which he leads, including the popular Salsa band, Avance. In addition to performing and recording, Perazzo teaches percussion. Along with Santana conguero and LP artist Raul Rekow, Perazzo starred in LP's popular instructional video  which breaks down the complex musical rhythms of Cuban percussion. Because of their unique chemistry and infectious teaching style, Perazzo and Rekow are a sure-fire hit with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Karl has teamed up with LP to create the Karl Perazzo Signature Series Timbales.

Saturday 16 Mar 2013, 7pm
Christchurch Polytech Jazz School,
130 High Street

Tickets available at the Hornby Rockshop