Joby Burgess

Artistic Director

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  • Powerplant


One of Britain’s most diverse percussionists, Joby is best known for his virtuosic, often lissom performances, daring collaborations, extensive education work, and regularly appears throughout Europe, the USA and beyond.

Dedicated to the development of the percussion repertoire, Joby spends much of his time commissioning and recording new music with Ensemble Bash, New Noise, Uncharted and most notably the audio visual collective Powerplant - where the worlds of minimalism and electronica collide.

Recent highlights have included extensive tours with Peter Gabriel’s New Blood Orchestra and the premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Bass Drum and Orchestra. 2014 sees a new collaboration with The Smith Quartet and commissions from Graham Fitkin and Will Gregory.

Joby regularly performs, records and collaborates with artists including Claire Booth, Stewart Copeland, Michael Finnissy, Murray Gold, Joanna MacGregor, Peter Maxwell Davies, Nitin Sawhney and Eric Whitacre along with many of the world’s leading chamber ensembles.

Joby can often be heard on major film and TV scores and his extensive collection of instruments are featured exclusively on Spitfire Audio’s sample library Percussion Redux.

Each year Joby gives master-classes and leads numerous creative workshops focusing on rhythm, composition and improvisation, often using West African music as the stimulus. Joby studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.

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  • Classical:NEXT 2014

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