Jon Sterckx

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Jon Sterckx is an innovative tabla player & percussionist with 30+ years experience of working with world percussion.
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PLEASE NOTE: NOT TAKING BOOKINGS FOR WEDDINGS! Jon Sterckx is an innovative tabla player & percussionist with 30+ years experience of working with world percussion & is equally at home playing traditional world music forms and more contemporary ‘fusion’ music. In Drumscapes, his solo live sampling performances, Jon skilfully brings percussion from across the globe together with 21st century technology in a unique blend of rhythmic soundscapes, bouncy world rhythms & high energy drumming. Jon’s sitar & tabla duo Samswara won the ‘Best Group’ award in the MTM Asian & Ethnic Minorities Awards 2014. Jon works as a freelance musician – performer, instrumental teacher, session musician and teaches and delivers workshops in schools & colleges. Jon was an Associate Lecturer in music at the University of Plymouth 2003-2017. Jon has played & recorded sessions for musicians & producers from around the globe, including 2x Grammy winning composer Christopher Tin (alongside Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & mixed at Abbey Road), Grammy Nominated producer Arun Shenoy & UK Folk Award winners Phil Henry & Hannah Martin. Jon has performed at: Festivals including: WOMAD, London International Arts Festival, Musicport, Rhythmtree, Larmertree, Beautiful Days, MondoMix, Green Gathering, Kaya Festival, Pulse Festival, Big Chill, Sunrise, Waveform, Plymouth Respect, Exeter Respect. Melas including: Cardiff Mela, Belfast Mela, Glasgow Mela, Plymouth Mela, Basingstoke Mela, Swindon Mela event. Venues including: Westminster Hall, Shakespeare's Globe, Southbank Centre, St. Georges – Liverpool, Dartington Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Rich Mix – London. Colston Hall – Bristol, Exeter Phoenix, Contact Theatre – Manchester, Barbican Theatre – Plymouth, Y-Theatre – Leicester, Grand Pavilions – Porthcawl. Celtic Manor, Wales. Organisations including: Amnesty International, TEDxWarwick, TEDxBrum, World Preservation Foundation, The Tulsi Trust, Love Etiquette.

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Electronic, Classical, World music, African music, Asian music, Indian music
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Event types:
Recording session, Concert, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Ableton Live, Live looping, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Musicologist, Fluent improviser
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Jon's Song list

Raga Bhairavi
Raga Ahir Bhairav
Raga Bageshri
Raga Bhairav
Raga Bilaskhani Todi
Raga Chandrakauns
Raga Charukeshi
Raga Desh
Raga Dhani
Raga Durga
Raga Hindol
Raga Jhinjhoti
Raga Jog
Raga Kafi
Raga Kedar
Raga Khamaj
Raga Kirvani
Raga Malkauns
Raga Manj Khamaj
Raga Marwa
Raga Multani
Raga NandKauns
Raga Pilu
Raga Puriya Kalyan
Raga Rageshri
Raga Shankara
Raga Shivranjani
Raga Shri
Raga Sohni
Raga Yaman
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Spontaneous onstage dialogues. Exciting improvisations.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Westminster Hall - London Shakespeare's Globe - London Wales Millennium Centre - Cardiff Rich Mix - London Preston Guildhall Plymouth Mela, Intercontinental Hotel - Park Lane - London Mandarin Oriental Hotel - Park Lane - London Hensol Castle - South Wales Celtic Manor - South Wales Colston Hall Trafford Centre Edgbaston Cricket Ground Syon Hilton

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Zakir Hussain Ravi Shankar Sukhwinder Singh Nikhil Bannerjee Niladri Kumar Nitin Sawhney Taufiq Qureshi

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

2 x TEDx performances WOMAD festival Shakespeare's Globe Cadogan Hall Westminster Hall London International Arts Festival Southbank Centre

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Please note: This act does not take bookings for weddings.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Can provide iPod service, not DJ.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide an mp3 playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!” (venue responsible for any PRS notifications).

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

We're happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, when necessary (if the venue does not provide it) & required we can provide PA, microphones etc.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Contact us to discuss this in more detail.

Jon's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£250
Up to 1 hour£400
Up to 2 hours£750
Up to 3 hours£1300

Jon's Reviews

From customers:

Musicport 2

“Few percussionists, no matter how skilled, can captivate and keep an eager festival audience with a solo performance but Jon Sterckx’s stunning Drumscapes are a masterclass in control and rhythm that hook the audiences from the first beats and carry them through to an invariably ecstatic climax. Centred on the tabla, darabuka and riq (a Middle Eastern tambourine) Jon combines beats and rhythms from across the globe with cutting edge sampling and innovative vocal sculpting, building layered soundscapes that mix the experimental with the traditional and creating a uniquely intoxicating, exhilarating and, many say, trance inducing performance quite unlike any other.”


“Jon provides a unique journey through all quarters of the world built around his inter-continental range of drums: tablas, riq, darabuka, vocal percussion, and much more! He is the creator of magnificent soundscapes that will transport you into an unmissable musical nirvana!”

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