Collaboration with Arhai Folktronica Project
Since 2014 Jon has collaborated with Balkan Folktronica project Arhai, founded by Serbian vocalist Jovana Backovic, with performances at the Southbank Centre & Rich Mix.
Arhai is a unique fusion of electronic music with folk influences from both the UK and Balkan regions. In live performance technology transforms the traditional instruments of the Balkans, blending it with multilayered vocals.
The word ‘Arhai’ has a Greek root, it can be interpreted as ‘beginning’, ‘ancient’ or ‘principle’. for us it blends in one word all that our music is: rethinking the tradition through technologically assisted performance in the context of modernity.
Photo: Cristina Schek – Rich Mix, London Sept 2014.
Jovana Backovic: Vocals, Keyboards, Laptop.
Adrian Lever: Bulgarian Tambur, Dulcimer.
Jon Sterckx: Tabla, Darabuka.
Teymour Housego: Bansuri.
Videos from Arhai performance at Rich Mix, London: