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about new noise: Joby Burgess

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 the UK, Europe and beyond.

Joby commits much of his time to three chamber music projects - Powerplant, New Noise and Ensemble Bash -  of which, he is either the artistic or co-artistic director.  Founded in 1999 his duo New Noise, with oboist Janey Miller, has given well in excess of two hundred performances, whilst creating an entirely new repertoire and founding it’s own record label NNL.  In 2001, Joby joined Britain’s leading percussion quartet, Ensemble Bash, replacing founding father Richard Benjafield.  The group has since gone onto tour and record extensively with drummer Stewart Copeland, and during 2005 was in residence at the VCA, Melbourne, Australia.  Earlier that year Joby founded the multimedia collective Powerplant, a collaboration with sound designer Matthew Fairclough and visual artist Kathy Hinde.  In 2006-07 Powerplant was awarded a major ITEM Arts Council Research Grant, hosted by the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology in Liverpool, and they regularly appear with the Elysian Quartet, performing Joby’s remixes of classic German pioneering pop masters, Kraftwerk.

Dedicated to the development of the percussion repertoire, often in combination with electronics, Joby spends much of his time commissioning and recording new music.  Recent highlights have included premiere performances of major multimedia from works from Gabriel Prokofiev and Graham Fitkin, releases of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint on Signum, Peter Maxwell Davies’ Ave Maris Stella with Gemini on Metier and a retrospective of British electronic music Recovery/Discovery for the British Council.  Future plans include cinema performances of sound artist Martin Parker’s new opera, with vocalist Phil Minton, and a new collaboration with Polar Bear drummer, Seb Rochford to celebrate the percussion music of Max Roach.

Joby regularly performs and broadcasts with many of the UK’s leading chamber ensembles, and in 2003/04 was guest principal percussionist with the Britten Sinfonia for tours performing music by J.S. Bach, Moondog and Arvo Pärt, with Joanna MacGregor, Andy Sheppard and Nitin Sawhney.  He is also a member of Stephen Deazley’s Edinburgh based ensemble, Music at the Brewhouse, for which Joby was commissioned to arrange A-ha’s pop classic Take On Me, for the 2008 St Magnus Festival in Orkney.

In 2004 Joby was appointed professor of percussion and director of percussion ensembles at Junior Trinity College of Music, Greenwich.  Each year he is involved in numerous education events, for organisations such as Dartington International Summer School, Coma 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.


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New Noise | Janey Miller | Cross Talk
 

"Javier Alvarez's incisive, yet genial Temazcal combines electronics with a virtuosic part for maracas, played here by Joby Burgess, and finally, here, has a recording that conveys a sense of the live experience."
BBC Music Magazine, April 2009


"...Zyklus, another Stockhausen classic, where the lissom Joby Burgess encircled by his instruments, drew timbres in delicate and explosive array."
The Herald, Oct 2008


"The annual Cutting Edge series was launched with a celebratory concert for the BMIC's 40th anniversary. Most spectacular was percussionist Joby Burgess, who stepped up the temperature in Tansy Davies' Dark Ground for drum kit with a host of metallic sounds."
Musical Pointers, Sept 2007


"Joby demonstrated his versatility as he switched deftly between hand percussion and stick work, creating wonderful dynamics with a wealth of expression. My Imagination has truly been ignited."
Rhythm Magazine, Sept 2002


"Against a backdrop of taped fuzz and Latin American effects, and with a sense of dramatic ritual, Burgess improvised rhythms one would not have thought possible on the grain-filled lollipops."
London Evening Standard, Nov 2001


"Percussionist Joby Burgess preyed on the tam-tams and vibes like a panther at bay – for my money, a star in the making."
The Scotsman, Sept 2000
  

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