Leeds concert season

A Percussionist’s Songbook

Fri 7 Oct, 8pm

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Joby Burgess – percussion

John Metcalfe Love Without Hope
Tunde Jegede The Ancestors are Within
Dario Marianelli Unequal
Yazz Ahmed Throw Your Pumpkin (& Pick Me Up)
Joby Burgess Come Sweet Death
Graham Fitkin Species
Dobrinka Tabakova Desert Swimmers
Gabriel Prokofiev Dr Calvin Remembers
Joby Burgess Take Me Home

“Percussionist extraordinaire Joby Burgess” performs his new album A Percussionist’s Songbook – a collection of specially commissioned ‘songs without words’ from John Metcalfe, Tunde Jegede, Dario Marianelli, Yazz Ahmed, Graham Fitkin, Dobrinka Tabakova and Gabriel Prokofiev.

Scored for an arsenal of pitched percussion and electronics the songbook is inspired by texts ranging from the poetry of Robert Graves and Birago Diop to novels by Michael Ondaatje and Isaac Asimov; American philosopher Michael Sandel, songwriter Peter Gabriel, United Nation population growth statistics and Saudi Arabian folk tales.

One of Britain’s most diverse percussionists, Joby is equally at home performing with Peter Gabriel at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and The Who at Wembley Stadium as reimagining Blade Runner at Sydney Opera House and Ibiza Classics at the Royal Albert Hall.

Often found at Abbey Road and Air Studios, Joby’s playing can be heard on major film and TV scores, notably leading the percussion sections on Black Panther, Rocketman, Ad Astra, Mission: Impossible, The Darkest Hour, Dr Who and The Green Planet.


The album A Percussionists Songbook was recorded at RAK Studios and Studio 65 September – November 2021, mixed by Nick Wollage (Air Studios) and mastered by Cicely Balston (Air Studios). Release date 30 September 2022 on Signum Records.

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