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 "When I returned from my second trip to Brazil, after spending one year living there, I made it my mission to bring the maracatu rhythms to the United States.  It's been a long hard road.  I've been very fortunate to have great friends and mentors who helped me find a way to keep pushing my projects to the next level while trying to make a living doing my passion.   Below are some of the awards that I've received over the years for my projects that I felt were worth highlighting."
















  • NEA Grant through “Southern Exposure” for “A Tale of Two Nations” touring project. (2013)

  • Drum set Clinic at PASIC. (2013)

  • Artist-in-Residence, “California Brasil Camp”. (2006-2007-2013-2014)

  • Drum set Clinic at PASIC. (2010)

  • Recipient of artist grant from The Brooklyn Arts Council (2003, 2005, 2010)

  • Latin Jazz Ambassador nominated by the US State Department and Lincoln Center. (2006)

  • Latin American World Music Artist-in-Residence grant from the University of Florida. (2006)

  • Artist-in-Residence, Syracuse University. (2005, 2006)

  • $12,000 grant from the Brazilian government to collaborate and record the Nation Beat CD with the traditional maracatu percussion group Estrela Brilhante. (2005)

  • Artist-in-Residence, Richmond University. (2005)

  • Latin Grammy nomination for participation and composition on Cascabulho’s CD. (2004)

  • Louis Armstrong Jazz award. (1995)

Summer Music Retreat

Carnival Caravan Music RetreatScott Kettner announces a new summer music camp in upstate NY on May 22-26, 2017.  Carnival Caravan Music Retreat is a vibrant intercultural collaboration between Brazil and New Orleans.  Directed by master drummer/percussionist Scott Kettner, CCMR offers a unique and intimate program where you will have the opportunity to learn many of the rhythms and instruments of New Orleans and Brazil with some of the most talented and innovative artists of these traditions.   

Visit Carnival Caravan Music Retreat here.


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