Simon is an accomplished percussionist with over thirty years experience and is Musical Director of Samba Galêz.

Since building his first percussion set out of a deck chair, old wood and library books, Simon has lived and studied drums and marimba in Tanzania (Bagamoyo College of Music) and Ghana, and congas in Cuba and the USA, most notably at the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts.

Simon has performed as a percussionist around the UK and the world, including Europe, Brazil, Equador and the USA.

Simon is keen to pass on his skills – most notably to Samba Galez, where he continues to push the boundaries of Afro-Brazilian percussion. He combines a knowledge and technique of roots drumming with a love of new and contemporary rhythms.