Samswara – Sitar & Tabla Reviews
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” . . .The brilliant sitar of Ricky Romain in duet with Jon Sterckx’s tabla wizardry was a first class example of musicians “playing off” each other, their evident joy never becoming indulgent, and never compromising the aims of the music. . . .” – Colin Sell, BBC Radio 4.
“It was a treat to listen to Jon Sterckx and Ricky Romain on the tabla and sitar respectively. Jon and Ricky gave a short but superb introduction to Indian music, explained some of the difference between western and Indian styles and captivated the audience later with the rendition of the Bhairavi raga in Vilambit, Madhya and Drut tintaal.
Jon and Ricky engaged very well with the audience providing a thrilling performance and deserving the rapturous applause they received at the end.
I am looking forward to hearing them again soon!” – Mahesh Subramanuim – Hampshire Indo British Society ( Music Mela performance 24/09/2011)
Basingstoke Music Mela comments:
“Talented percussionist Jon Sterckx was outstanding on tabla, and a longer solo from him would have been welcome.” – Pippa Howell – Frome Festival Review.
“BRILLIANT evening with Samswara and Drumscapes! Only impending heart surgery prevented me from dancing my socks off! More please!”
“That was really good, and very different”
“Never heard the tabla played like that before, he’s brilliant”
Wonderful evening. Excellent”
Some of the comments from a very appreciative audience who booked for the double-bill of Samswara and Drumscapes here at the Acorn in Penzance. There were lots of other comments similar to the above, everyone had a really great night, lots of people dancing and everyone said they would come back again. Excellent nights entertainment. Jeremy Holloway – The Acorn, Penzance, Cornwall.
“…the near capacity crowd enjoyed an evening of spellbinding music, which the majority had never heard live before. The reaction of seemingly everyone present was overwhelmingly positive…a superbly atmospheric and fascinating evening’s entertainment which delighted everyone present.” – Tony Hayward – Ilminster Arts Centre.
“Your performances were truly mesmerising” – Esther White – University of Exeter, Organiser of Celebration Of British Asian Live Arts Concert 10.04.08
“… Brilliant music and you are a great duo!!” – June Burrough – Pierian Centre, Bristol.
“Thanks Jon & Ricky it was a fantastic event and your sitar playing was amazing”. – Sanjay Sharma – Plymouth South Asian Society.
“…a mesmerizing Sitar and Tabla Performance by Ricky Romain and Jon Sterckx.” – Plymouth South Asian Society AGM performance 2007.
“…Ricky Romain on sitar and Jon Sterckx on tabla. Their performance was outstanding and I thoroughly enjoyed watching and listening to them …” – review from Shahnaz.
“It seemed like a big risk to bring classical Indian music to the heart of Exmoor, but the audience responded enthusiastically to Ricky and Jon’s openness and warmth in introducing the evening’s programme and were thoroughly absorbed throughout the performance. There was a really great atmosphere.” – Victoria Thomas – Simonsbath Festival Organiser, Devon.
“I just want to say a hearfelt thanks for the truly beautiful experience you provided yesterday. The wonderful interaction between you, the intricate rhythmic compexities, and the amazing progression of the Rag from contemplative stillness to frenetic joy will never be forgotten. I am greatly looking forward to hearing you both again and will treasure the CD.” Dr. Richard Godfrey. Concert Organiser, Lyme Regis, Dorset.
“Jon and Ricky were asked to play at the Oakwood Bollywood Ball this summer at very short notice. They were extremely professional, amenable and flexible to our requirements by working with us in partnership to ensure our needs were met and the evening was a success. The wonderful indian ambiance created by them during the pre dinner drinks was carried on into the evening whilst guests ate their evening meal. A number of guests gave really positive feedback both on the evening and after the ball. Thank you for ensuring the ball was a fantastic success! Without hesitation, we would recommend you both for any future event. Once again, thank you so much, you were fantastic! ” – Rebecca Randell, Oakwood Preparatory School, Chichester.
“Samsara Sitar and Tabla Duo provided our party with very authentic and skilled Indian music as entertainment for our Indian themed lunch. It was much appreciated by our guests and really set the atmosphere for the whole event. They arrived exactly on time and very very professional in their setting up and taking down of their equipment. I would strongly recommend the duo if you are looking for a relaxing Indian ambiance at your event.” Stella Maxwell. Marlborough, Wiltshire.
Samswara at Stroud Sacred Music Festival – video by Phillip Booth, Stroud Community TV:
“I had the immense pleasure of watching and listening to Jon and Ricky at this year’s Stroud Sacred Music Festival. As a musician myself, originating from India, I was deeply moved by these two amazing musicians. The way they played and interacted with each other with their eyes and instruments is so much part of our Indian heritage and it is an absolute delight to see these guys emulate this with such compassion. Our festival, in Stroud, this year, was truly blessed by their presence.” Girish Patel co-Director Stroud Sacred Music Festival.
“Thank you so much Ricky and Jon. Your sets were absolutely beautiful, as always and I think it worked really well in the Zen Zone, it was just so beautiful. Hopefully, see you again next year!” Dorset One World Festival.
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