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Indian: Jon – Indian Percussion | UK

Jon is a UK based percussionist with over 20 years’ experience of world percussion who can at corporate events and private parties. Expect a unique and original mixture of bouncy world rhythms and high energy drumming with Jons music often exploring rhythmic ideas and techniques between different instruments and musical forms, both in his solo work and in collaborations.

Jons tabla tuition began in Cardiff with Harjinder Singh Matharu from Birmingham. Harjinder gave Jon a good solid foundation in tabla playing between 1994 – 1998.

In 1998 & 1999, Jon returned to India and studied with Kailash Nishad in Benares, in North India, a city renowned for the study of North Indian music.

His solo multi percussion performance is a synthesis of traditional musicianship and contemporary live electronics. Drums from India, Africa and the Middle East sit alongside vocal percussion and cutting edge technology, bringing traditional world percussion into the 21st century.

All instruments are traditional acoustic instruments which are played, sampled and processed live on stage using a laptop based multitrack recording studio. The percussion shows range from highly energised rhythmical journeys to atmospheric percussion soundscapes.
Jon has performed with various artists and groups including multi instrumental duo Taaliqa, the duo Tandj, based on South Indian devotional music, as well as Indian classical music.

Standard Length of Performance:

Up to 1 hour.

Technical Specification:

– Stage space minimum 7ft wide x 6 ft deep / 2.15m x 1.85m
– PA for amplification with speakers forward of the stage. Mixer with multiband EQ.
– 4 socket power supply on stage & 2 x XLR output leads from the D.I box to stagebox / mixer.
– Technician should be on desk throughout the performance.
– Minimum 30 minutes required for set up & sound check.
– Allow 15 minutes to clear the stage after performance.
– Stage should be kept clear of other musicians / equipment etc. until his equipment & instruments is removed.
–  Parking for 1 vehicle

Testimonials:

“Thanks for coming down Jon and performing, your performance was amazing!!!!”
– Cardiff Mela Organiser.

“Its well worth hearing Jon live. His music brings together an amazing mix of cool grooves, beautiful melodies and virtuosic percussion playing. I wish he played in London more often!”
– Forge Venue

“Jon has been a pleasure to work with and we loved having him as part of TEDxWarwick 2012. His performance was definitely the highlight of our event and watching 1000 people get up and dance to it will not be easily forgotten! ”
– TEDxWarwick

 “Jon played at The Grand Pavilion last week and everyone was completely blown away by his wonderful percussive performance. Everyone danced- his beat was infectious and uplifting. I would thoroughly recommend him!”
– Arts For the Earth

“I have booked Jon many times to perform at Exeter Respect Festival, the citys annual celebration of diversity. Jon has performed solo, in a duo and in larger groups and has always been nothing short of excellent. He has been easy to work with and his performances have been of the highest quality, combining great musical skill with technical expertise, and creating percussive soundscapes which have always enthralled our diverse audiences. I thoroughly recommend him.”
– Paul Giblin

“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!”
– DJ Ritu

Previous Clients Include:

TEDxWarwick
Exeter Respect Festival
Cardiff Mela
Plymouth Mela
Quest Festival
Global Bass / Sur Soul
Subglobal Underground
The Ultimate Celebration Festival
Worcester Music Festival
Namaskar Lounge
Sonorities Festival
Supporting Celt Islam
Hafod Hotel
Celebrating Sanctuary Event
Fusion Asia Festival
ArtsfestExeter Phoenix
Dartington
Southbank Bristol Arts
Wales Millennium Centre
Grand Pavilion
The Forge Venue
Barbican Theatre
Waveform Festival
Plymouth Respect Festival
Sunrise / The Big Chill Festival
Larmertree Festival
Vibraphonic Festival

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