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Pete Lockett

Pete Lockett is one of the most versatile and prolific percussionists in the World. His percussive skills range from traditional Carnatic and Hindustani music of North and South India to traditional Japanese taiko drumming; from blues, funk and rock to classical, folk and ethnic. Having worked in virtually every field of music conceivable both live and in the studio, his boundless talents have earned him a reputation as one of the most wanted percussionists in the world.

Renowned for his remarkable ability to bring traditional instruments out of their original cultural setting, he has recorded and/or performed with Björk, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Bill Bruford, Jeff Beck, David Torn, Vikku Vinayakram, Selva Ganesh, Ustad Zakir Hussain, The Verve, Steve Smith, Texas, Damien Rice, Craig Armstrong, Bernard Butler, U Shrinivas, Ronan Keating, Nitin Sawhney, Evan Dando, Adrian Sherwood, Afro Celt Sound System, Vanessa-Mae, David Arnold, Evelyn Glennie, Errol Brown, Jarvis Cocker, Rory Gallagher, Pet Shop Boys, Beth Orton, Hari Haran, Mel C, A R Rahman, Eumir Deodato, BBC concert orchestra, DJ Judge Jules, Sinead O'Conner and more!

He has also worked extensively in the film industry, playing on the three most recent Bond movies, as well as the City of Angels, Moulin Rouge, The Insider, Plunkett and Maclean, and the Guy Ritchie movie Snatch. He has also taught and lectured in Britain and the USA including at The Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music in London, and continues to run workshops and lecture all over Europe. He continues to contribute technique articles for drum magazines internationally, inc Modern Drummer and Rhythm magazines and his web site, petelockett.com has become increasingly popular for the hundreds of free video and audio percussion lessons.

Pete has two percussive groups which are regularly touring; Network of Sparks and Taiko to Tabla. The two groups currently have four albums on release. Network of Sparks featuring Bill Bruford was released on MELT2000 in October 1999 coinciding with a Contemporary Music Network tour of England that was supported by the Arts Council of England. The second album, featuring musicians from Pakistan, Ghana and Japan was released on ARC in 2003. The result of this Network of Sparks is an eclectic mix of percussion from all over the world. One is a dynamic journey through the diverse and expansive world of percussion, juxtaposing instruments and sounds that are not tradition-specific and weaving through both ambient and tempestuous textures. The sparks ignite by fusing the ethereal echoes of the east with the powerful full thrust grooves of Africa and the thunderous rhythms of Japan. There are two Taiko to Tabla albums with Joji Hirota, Live at the Bruges Festival on Zoku-EMI label and a studio album also on ARC. Both projects have performed to packed houses all over the world including the Edinburgh Festival, Bruges Festival, Rhythm Sticks- London, Drumusique Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Glasgow One World Festival, Pontardawe Festival, Belfast Festival, Guildford Festival, Sufi-Soul Festival, Lahore Pakistan and the Newbury Festival. The Taiko to Tabla show was also broadcast live on the internet from the Edinburgh Festival in. Petes new project is Parallax Beat Brothers with electronics wizard Scanner. They have released their first album in 2005 which featured trumpet genius Jon Hassell as special guest. They also toured extensively in fall 2005.

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