Jon Sterckx – Tabla player & World Music Percussionist
Jon Sterckx is an innovative tabla player & percussionist with over 25 years experience of working with world percussion & World 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.
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Jon works as a freelance musician – performer, tabla & percussion 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, and Tabla teacher for the South Asian Performing Arts Centre (SAPAC), Swindon. Jon is based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, South West UK.
“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.” Musicport Festival 2015.
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, Drum Camp, Green Gathering, Kaya Festival, Pulse Festival, Beat Herder Festival, Big Chill, Sunrise, Waveform, Plymouth Respect, Exeter Respect, Stroud Fringe, Fusion Asia Festival, London International Arts Festival.
Melas including: Cardiff Mela, Belfast Mela, Glasgow Mela, Plymouth Mela, Basingstoke Mela, Swindon Mela event.
Venues including: Westminster Hall, Cadogan Hall, St. Georges – Liverpool, Dartington Hall – Devon, Wales Millennium Centre – Cardiff, Rich Mix – London. Colston Hall – Bristol, Exeter Phoenix – Devon, The Plough, Devon, Contact Theatre – Manchester, Barbican Theatre – Plymouth, Y-Theatre – Leicester, Grand Pavilions – Porthcawl. Band-On-The-Wall, Manchester, Celtic Manor – South Wales, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset, Guildhall – Preston, Guildhall – Plymouth, Butterworth Hall – Warwick, Town Hall – Birmingham, The Acorn – Penzance, Vortex – London, Cafe Oto – London, Klub Karamel – London.
Organisations including: Amnesty International, World Preservation Foundation, The Tulsi Trust, TEDxWarwick, Love Etiquette, TEDxBrum, Asian Arts Agency, Plymouth South Asian Society, Hampshire Indo British Society, Indian Music & Dance Academy in Swindon, Aiglon College – Switzerland, South Asian Performing Arts Centre (SAPAC), Swindon, Indian Music & Dance Academy, Swindon. Devon Arts in Schools Initiative, Cornwall Music Hub,
Navigate the site using the links above to find information about Jon’s performance work, workshops for schools, session recording. Listen to Jon’s music, buy cd’s and downloads and watch videos from performances. Use the contact page to contact Jon & for booking details and enquiries.
Quick links to Jon’s main performance & workshops:
Based in Stroud & Devon, South West UK – can travel throughout the country for performances & workshops. Jon regularly performs & teaches in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, Swindon, Wiltshire, Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Birmingham & Midlands, London, Cardiff & South Wales & South Coast.
© Jon Sterckx 2016.