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Solo Percussion, Joby Burgess

The dynamic percussionist, Joby Burgess, has responded to the OFFLOAD brief with a diverse programme of music performed on found objects, junk metal and car parts alongside an impressive array of drums.

Burgess opens and closes his set with percussion classics in David Lang’s evocative ‘Anvil Chorus’ and Iannis Xenakis’s powerful ‘Psappha’. There is also recently commissioned music full of brilliance, energy and vitality, including Tansy Davies’s ‘Dark Ground’ for a huge industrial drum kit; and lo-fi electronics and Fanta bottles from Gabriel Prokofiev.

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BMIC - Joby appears at OFFLOAD Festival as part of the British Music Information Centre's 7th Cutting Edge Tour which runs from April 2007 until February 2008.

About the Creator

One of Britain’s most diverse percussionists, Joby is best known for his work performing new music. He regularly collaborates with artists such as Joanna MacGregor, John Kenny, James Wood, Stewart Copeland, Michael Finnissy, Nitin Sawhney and Sarah Leonard, as well as being a member of Britain’s leading percussion quartet ensemblebash. Recent highlights have included premieres of 'Zero Degrees' with Akram Khan and Sidi Labi at Sadlers Wells, London; Karen Francis concerto 'The Earth Wakes...' Queens Hall, Edinburgh; and a two-week residency at the VCA culminating in performances as part of the Melbourne Festival, Australia. Joby has also worked with the London Sinfonietta, Endymion, Composers Ensemble, Ixion, National Theatre Ensemble, Gemini, ECAT Ensemble, Sculpted Sound, Lontano, Brunel Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia, Continuum Ensemble, Nash Ensemble and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.