Ravin ‘Raz’ Jayasuriya is a a professional percussionist and tutor who has specialised in Brazilian and Cuban percussion for nearly 30 years. He has made several research / study trips to Cuba and Brazil and has worked with many UK & internationally acclaimed artists.
In 1996, he founded One Voice Music, an organisation that is now recognised as one of UK’s main providers of education & training in Brazilian & Cuban percussion. OVM runs a variety of residential, modular courses & weekend workshops throughout the country.
As a teacher, he has led a number of percussion workshops throughout the UK and in several other parts of the world. Regular invitations from Community Samba Groups keep him extremely busy. He is often asked to run workshops that combine technical development with his own creative percussion arrangments.
In 2006 he won a UK National Training Award. The NTA is the UK’s premier accolade for training and development and recognises his own personal learning journey in percussion and the impact this has had on his own life and on individuals and organisations through the tuition he offers.