Jon Sterckx

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Jon Sterckx is an innovative tabla player & percussionist with over 25 years experience of working with world percussion.

Jon Sterckx is an innovative tabla player & percussionist with over 25 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 is also an Associate Lecturer in music at the University of Plymouth in Devon, South West UK. 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, 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, 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, World Preservation Foundation, The Tulsi Trust, TEDxWarwick, Love Etiquette.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Electronic, Classical, World music, African music, Arabic, Asian music, Indian music
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Tabla, Percussion, Sitar
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Event types:
Concert, Bar / Club / Venue event, Recording session, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Ableton Live, Live looping, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Musicologist
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From customers:

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“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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