Scott Kettner
Country of Residence:
United States
SCOTT KETTNER (Artistic Director/Founder Nation Beat and Maracatu New York). A graduate and faculty member of The New School University (NYC) and a 2006 Latin Jazz Ambassador, Scott follows the path of such Brazilian luminaries as Lenine and Chico Science, offering yet another anomalous contemporary interpretation of the traditional 19th century Pernambuco-born rhythm maracatu. Kettner has studied intensively in Brazil and in 2004 became a member of one of the oldest existing traditional Maracatu groups from Recife, Brazil, Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante (founded in 1906).

For years, most Americans have associated Brazil with samba, overlooking the numerous regional rhythms and music styles which are tremendously popular throughout Brazil. A perfect example is Maracatu-a dynamic rhythm from the Northeast, propulsive and dramatic, steeped in African traditions with heavy religious overtones. In the last ten years, the biggest musical success story out of Brazil has been the explosion of music from the economically impoverished, culturally rich Northeast. World-famous musicians like Lenine, Chico Science and the Mangue beat movement that sprung up around him used Maracatu as a springboard for contemporary fusions in the same way that Jorge Ben Jor and other MPB artists used samba a generation earlier.

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