Claudio draws ondrum skills for film

BRAZILIAN drumming sensation Claudio Kron has branched out into animation by teaming up with an award-winning artist.

Claudio, who runs Batley-based company Drumming 4 Business, was invited to compose the soundtrack for Alistair Graham's Suba film.

The four-minute film about rival jungle tribes preparing their robots to fight each other won Best Adult Animation at the International Manga and Anime Festival 2005.

Claudio said: "This is the first time I've done music to animation. Now Alistair is making another three videos based on my music. It's very interesting for artists to be able to collaborate with each other. You can come across ideas by surprise.

"We're thinking about taking a project mixing music and animation to schools where they could work with people to create their own animation.

"I believe among the students here we have many good artists and musicians. It's a question of putting the two together. It's so exciting that I want to give other people the chance to have a go."

This year Claudio also hopes to run more school workshops teaching percussion, dance and capoeira – a form of Brazilian martial arts.

His other plans for 2009 include trips to Bulgaria, France and Amsterdam, where he will promote Brazilian arts, and an exhibition of Brazilian music at Batley Art Gallery.

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