Profile on Jon Sterckx
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Whilst Soumik Datta and Bernhard Schimpelsberger tour the world with their groundbreaking collaborative project, Circle of Sound, things are still happening from other quarters of the UK from other musicians. Cue Jon Sterckx, an artist with over 20 years experience in world percussion, based in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
Jon’s musical journey began in the late 1980's by watching and playing with musicians he met during his travels in Egypt and India. Immediately drawn to the Indian tabla, Jon took intensive training with some of the most recognised tabla teachers in India & the UK, notably Harjinder Singh Matharu, whom he trained with in the UK between 1994 - 1998. During this time, Jon frequently returned to India to learn with Shivanand Bhandari at the Naadashree Arts Institute in Kumta, Karnataka, and also Kailash Nishad in Benares, (Varanasi) who he trained with between 1998 - 2005.