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.
Joby own projects explore his passions for virtuosic drumming, movement and electronics; and as a soloist he has made several broadcasts for BBC radio, and given performances across the UK, Europe and the USA. His duo new noise, with oboist Janey Miller, commissions and promotes a challenging new sound, founding it's own record label 'NNL' in 2003; whilst his collective PowerPlant explores hi-octane percussion-led music, with an electronic sound and strong visual performance. Bringing together sound designer Matthew Fairclough, the Elysian Quartet and visual artist Kathy Hinde, PowerPlant has recently become artist in residence at FACT, Liverpool, and will perform as part of the Barbican's Steve Reich festival 'Phases' later this year.
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.
Joby's keen interest in education is focused through his work as head of percussion at Junior Trinity College of Music, Greenwich. He is also involved in numerous education events, for organizations such as Dartington International Summer School, Goldsmiths College and the Percussive Arts Society, leading 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.
EVENTS in 2007
with Joby Burgess