French Stick player Andre Pelat has been very active in recent years,
performing and teaching in Europe. Last November, he made an impressive
debut in the U.S. when he came to teach and perform at the World Stick
Seminar in San Jose, California.
Andre began playing Stick after seeing Emmett perform on French TV in
1980. He took to the instrument and tapping method immediately,
performing in the jazz clubs of Sète, France. In 1988, Andre was asked
to take part in the composition and arrangement of the score for the
silent film "Tramp Tramp Tramp." During the 90s, he performed all over
France as a soloist as well as in various ensembles playing jazz,
classical and Latin rock.
Recently, he has performed with The Stick Trio composed of Guillermo
Cides, Jim Lampi and Ron Baggerman in Europe and the U.S. and
established an excellent reputation as a Stick instructor.
You can find more about Andre on the web at
Photo: Dan Chapman