Jon Sterckx tabla – Ram Vakkalanka sitar

Jon Sterckx – World Music Collaborations & Projects

In recent years Jon has been getting known as a solo performer through his Drumscapes live sampling work, but over the last 20 years he has also collaborated with various musicians, some of whom are listed below.

Amongst these is a long term collaboration with sitar player Ricky Romain in their duo Samswara.

More about Samswara here




Projects & Musical Collaborations: (click links for more info)

2018 – Collaboration with Solar Wolf – Tabla & percussion on ‘Age of Head Peace’
2017 – Collaboration with MOBO Award winner Soweto Kinch as part of ‘Music Matters’ Campaign. Selfridges, Birmingham. Curated by Young Giant / Beatfreeks.
2016 – Performance with Asha McCarthy (Cello) at Stroud Sacred Music Festival. Stroud, Gloucestershire.
2016 – Tabla in a performance of Grammy Winning producer Christopher Tin’s music with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Angel City Chorale, Lucis Choir & Prima Vocal Ensemble – Cadogan Hall, London.
2016 – Tabla in a Performance with Craig Pruess – Stroud Sacred Music Festival, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
2016 – Tabla for Kathak class presentation with Shivani Sharma. Swindon, Wiltshire.
2016 – Tabla for Kathak class presentation with Shivani Sharma. Swindon, Wiltshire.
2016 – Drumscapes performance & workshop with dancer Jane Wass. Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester.
2015 – Performance with Lucy Hudson – Carnatic Flute (Akash).
2015 – Collaboration with Arhai, Balkan Folktronica.
2014 – Collaboration with Arhai, Balkan Folktronica.
2014 – Recording for 2 x GRAMMY winning Composer/Producer Christopher Tin on the highly acclaimed album “The Drop that Contained the Sea“. (Jon’s tabla on Devipravaha features alongside vocalist Roopa Mahadevan, the Angel City Chorale & The Royal Philarmonic Orchestra.)
2014 – Performance with Jonathan Mayer, Sitar player from London.
2013 – Collaboration with Arun Shenoy – GRAMMY nominated producer on his track ‘Bliss‘ featured on in Aug 2013.
2013 – Man Ex Maqina (with Max Moya Wright – (GRAMMY award winning percussionist with Barcelona band Ojos de Brujo))
2013 – Performances with Maartijn Baaijens, Sarod player from the Netherlands.
2013 – Performance with Neel Murgai, Sitar player from New York.
2012 – Performance with Ram Vakkalanka, Sitar player from India.
2011 – Folk duo Phil Henry and Hannah Martin. (Jon played all the percussion on their acclaimed debut cd ‘Singing The Bones‘ )
2010 – The Audio Nomad project.
2008 – Indian vocalists Pooja Angra and Najam Javed. (National Celebration of British Asian Live Arts).
2002 – 2006 – World fusion band Dhani.
2001 – Current – Indian Music performances & workshops with Sitarist Ricky Romain.
2000 – 2005 – Indian virtuoso tabla player Kailash Nishad. (performances across South West UK)
2000 – 2006 – Multi instrumental duo Taaliqa. (with multi instrumentalist Russell Harris)
1998 – 2000 – Max Moya Wright – Skin on Skin project. (see video here)

Collaborations with theatre and dance companies:
In 1997 Jon was the musical director for a Theatre project with East Glamorgan Polytechnic on a piece performed at Glastonbury festival.
In 2007 Jon worked as the musical director for Attik Dance company, based in Plymouth, on the ‘Clean Sweep” project which was performed across the South West UK.

Drumscapes And Dance

Jon’s Drumscapes have also been used in collaboration with dance performances, both in live performance and with dancers using Drumscapes recordings.

Dance collaborations include: Frida Hilfon, Jenny Wren ( Slanjavah Danza), Jane Castree, Elena Jacinta (See video from Edinburgh Festival – Click Here).

Collaboration June 2012 with dancer Katie Holland – a performance at the Y Theatre, Leicester

Collaboration June 2014 with dancer Jane Wass at Mazazik Festival, Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester.

Collaboration Jan 2016 with dancer Jane Wass at Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester.

Drumscapes Film Soundtrack:

Jon’s Drumscapes music has also been used as a sountrack for a slideshow – “Spirit of the Serengeti” on the wildlife of Tanzania by Internationally known explorer, Helen Thayer. Visit: