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Jon Sterckx


Jon works as a freelance musician, primarily as a performer, but also works as an instrumental teacher, session musician and delivers workshops in schools & colleges & is an Associate Lecturer at theUniversityofPlymouth.

Jon’s music often explores combining rhythmic ideas and techniques between different instruments and musical forms, both in his solo work and in collaborations. He also combines this with technology through computer based studio recording and his unique live sampling performances.

He 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, and ‘Drumscapes’ – his unique solo multi-percussion live sampling performances.

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 atGlastonburyfestival.

In 2007 Jon worked as the musical director for Attik Dance company, based inPlymouth, on the ‘Clean Sweep” project which was performed across the South West UK.

Jon has also collaborated a number of times with dancers at the ‘In The Flesh’ events held at the Barbican Theatre inPlymouth, using live percussion sampling.

Tuition & Training:

Jon’s tabla tuition began inCardiffwith Harjinder Singh Matharu fromBirmingham. Harjinder gave Jon a good solid foundation in tabla playing between 1994 – 1998 as well as the encouragement & inspiration to commit himself seriously to the instrument.

In 1994 / 1995, Jon returned toIndiawhere he learned from Shivanand Bhandari at the Naadashree Arts Institute in Kumta,Karnataka,India.

In 1998 & 1999, Jon returned toIndiaand studied with Kailash Nishad in Benares, (Varanasi) inNorth India, a city renowned for the study of North Indian (Hindustani) music.

Jon’s other musical studies include completing a BA ( Hons ) Music degree at Dartington College of Arts in 2000, where his main subject was in composing music for live performance.

Jon continues to learn and develop as a musician and percussionist through his own practice and playing, and through his musical collaborations with the talented musicians that he works with.


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