At the end of 2012 Pete was in India for a concert with percussionists
Bickram Ghosh and
Greg Ellis in Kolkata. The
'Mighty trio' performed to over 5000 people in the centre of the
city, besides giving a small number of workshops and seminars for a
select group of participants at the ICCR. Pete also spent some time
recording on the soundtrack of forthcoming
Bollywood film, Jal with Bickram. It was an eventful trip.
Then Pete commenced recording on Austrian Bassist,
Bernhard Lackners's new album. It also features
Derico Watson on drums. Pete's iDevices
app continues to get rave reviews the world over. Update 1.1 sees
the introduction of 'Audiobus'
compatablity. He has also been in the studio working hard on lots of
updates and 'in app' purchases which will become available in 2013.
Prior to this Pete was at the
Royal College of music to give a lecture before heading off
on a mini European tour with drummer Rob
Hirons. The tour visited Southern Italy and Northern
Germany, along with Marseilles, Dijon and Rennes in France. Then Pete was off to Holland to
be a jury member for the international 'Tromp'
percussion competition. He also performed a solo set in the 'Aan de
slag' percussion event in Eindhoven. Following this he was off to
Sandlane studios for a recording project with Dutch drummer, Lucas
van Merwijk. The whole day's recording and mixing was filmed for
In late July Pete was off on a massive
seven week solo tour which took him to China,
Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, LA and finally back home to London. One of the highlights of the tour
was AUDW and drumscene live tour where Pete shared the bill with
Dave Weckl, Thomas Lang and Dom Famularo. Visit
Pete's tour diary from the tour by clicking this hyperlink. It coincided with
the launch of Petes iDevices app, DrumJam
which was launched in partnership with leading app developer,
Sonosaurus. Within a week it was #4 in
USA and #2 in Japan.
Jamming in the finale on Dave Weckls kit
with Thomas Lang and Dom Famularo
Before the world tour Pete was the studio with David Arnold to
record tracks for the closing ceremony of the London Olympics 2012.
This was followed by a solo performance at the Royal College of
Music percussion day in London.
In April, Pete was off to Switzerland for
collaborative performances with the Indian themed band, Ahimsa. Then Pete was off to LA for a residency and
performance at CAL ARTS. There were numerous workshops and clinics
and a final performance including collaborations with Hands On'Semble and the CAL Arts world percussion ensemble. It was truly
the most drums ever seen onstage at one time! Check out the gig on
You tube by clicking
Prior to all this, Petes collaboration with Rajasthani traditional
musicians came to London. Featuring special guest
Tim Garland the team performed to a
packed house at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
at the South Bank Centre as part
of the Alchemy festival. You can see the whole gig by clicking the
picture below. Enjoy!
The set up at the Royal
Pete has been featured on numerous
recordings during the year. These include; Dalis Car,
'InGladAloneness' which was released in April and features the late great Mick Karn (Japan)
Peter Murphy (Bauhaus) Steve Jansen,
Jakko M Jakszyk and Theo Travis amongst others. Right up to his last
days Mick showed his complete devotion to music, checking mixes and
coming up with musical ideas from his hospital bed. He was a true
inspiration. Pete was also on Russ Millers
CD / DVD release 'Arrival Live'. This also featured drumming legends
Steve Gadd and
Pete kicked off 2012 at
Namm with numerous performances for
Remo and a feature in the Living legends concert with Bob Berryhill
of the Safaris, Dennis Tufano of The Buckinghams, Greg Walker of
Santana, Koko Powell of
The Spencer Davis Group, Teddy Zig Zag
of Guns & Roses,
Nicko Mcbrain of Iron Maiden and
He then spent a week teaching at the winter Jazz camp @ Engelsholm Castle, Denmark taking
a combo through some Indian rhythms and melodies.
Pete also finished a new library music album, 'Cinematic Percussion'
for release on Focus music.
Pete has also been performing elsewhere around the world, including a duo show
in Istanbul with guitarist Erdem Helvacioglu,
followed by a trip to the USA for a clinic / performance in
Indianapolis and a solo performance at the prestigious
Pete also continues to be active worldwide contributing technique
articles for drum and percussion magazines.
Jan 2012 alone sees articles and / or videos appear in Modern
Drummer USA, Drummer UK, Percuscene Australia, iDrummag UK and
Percussive notes USA.
The story for
2011 2011 kicked off with a quick holiday in Zanzibar and then performances with Steve Smith
and then a solo clinic for GC. Then
it was a hectic few days at NAMM.
Then Pete was working on tracks for bassist
Bernhard Lackners new album which also features
Chester Thomson on drums. Pete then co
wrote and recorded a track with Johnny Rabbs
'Biodeisel' project and recorded tracks for Phil Maturanos
new DVD scheduled for release on Hudson music.
The gig in Jodhpur fort
Then Pete was in India
for performances at the Jaipur festival and Lucknow festival. The
show featured 25 traditional Rajasthani
artists including Gopal Geela and
Manpula Ram. Then there were numerous
performances at the Frankfurt music messe including a solo show on the Agora stage and a
duet with Phil Maturano. Pete then
stopped off for a masterclass at
ACM Guilford. Then it was off to
Cannes film festival
with the legendary Hollywood film
composer Craig Armstrong. Featured in the performance were David McAlmont, Andrea Corr,
Steve Jones (Air) and
Goldfrapps Angie Pollock on keys. Then
Pete was of to the USA to teach and perform at Berklee music school, including a solo
show at the Berklee summer perc fest.
Then Pete had a clinic in Boston and three around the New York area. July 25th saw the release in India of a
compilation CD of Petes work. The album ‘Rhythm King’ was released
on Questz World.
Pete was then up to the Norfolk Drum camp for a solo set on
the main stage and some workshops. Pete was then one of the featured
tutors at the ‘Rhythm’ drum camp in the
UK. Then he was off to Italy for a solo show and a duet with
Phil Maturano at the
Junio jazz festival. This was followed
by a masterclass at the Francisco Tarrega academy. Around this time
Pete was voted runner up in the Percussionist of the year category
and also the Worldbeat percussionist category in
DRUM magazine readers poll USA.
Also, Petes album with Airto and family along with musicians of
Kolkatta is nearing completion with Airto putting the finishing
touches down in LA.
The story for
2010 2010 began with a research trip to Cuba followed by
NAMM where Promark unveiled
his new signature stick 'VOYAGER'. Then came
a solo gig at the 100 club in London and a trip to India for a
series of solo gigs, including at the Kyra
club in Bangalore. Pete also got the time to visit Rajasthan to
begin a collaboration with local Rajasthani musicians.
Pete visited Jaipur and travelled out
to the remote villages of Pabuscar, Barjangsar
and Chhotadia where they play very rare Pot drums called 'Maante'
Pete also finished recording his new solo album 'About
time' which was released in May 2010. CLICK AND BUY IT HERE
Petes album 'One' with Bill Bruford
was re released on Summerfold label Worldwide.Then Pete was off to Frankfurt
where he had ten performances in four days, including the
Agora stage. This was followed by a Remo
events in France and Belgium.
Playing Maante in Chhotadia
In the village of Pabuscar
After a fortnight recording
percussion for the new 'Brink'
Playstation game, Pete had a solo show in UAE
followed by a trip to Canada where he performed a solo set at the
Cape Breton drum festival. There were also duets with
Denny Seiwell and Michael Shrieve.
This was followed by a clinic tour of Canada and then a trip to the
south of France for the Montpellier drum fest and also the Drums Addicts festival in Bordeux where
he performed solo and also in duet with Damien
Schmitt. Pete also signed on with
2Box electronic drums and Toontracks as an endorser and
Check out Pete's new sample CD on Loopmasters. Click the image above.
Then Pete was off on a World tour
with four solo gigs in New Zealand
followed by Ultimate Drum Weekend in
Melbourne where he played solo and also featured with
Steve Smith, Derek Roddy and Michael
Barker. This was followed by University lectures in
Mebourne, Clinics at Drumtek and
two solo shows in Sydney.
here for AUDW pics Then it was a solo show for
Remo and two days shooting
educational videos for the Remo web
site. Pete then returned to London where he began work on his
sample CD for Loopmaster and a
percussion plug in for Toontrack
Click here for info on the Sample CD
Pete with Steve Smith & Derek Roddy
@ AUDW 2010
Pete then recorded percussion on
Danny Boyles new film, a track with
Dido and A R
Rahman, the Indian Commonwealth games
theme and an up and coming Tamil film. Around this time Pete was also voted runner up in the
Modern Drummer readers poll for best
This was followed by a series of
lectures at Drummers institute in Germany, a solo performance at
Olympia for the London drum show,
Dresden for a solo show, Poland for duo shows with
Simon Phillips (Toto) and
then a trip to Rajasthan where Pete
coordinated a collaboration with himself and a group of twenty eight Rajasthani
folk musicians, including Gopal Geela’s
chang troupe and Manphula Ram’s derun
brigade, along with an entourage of drums, khartals, flutes,
harmonium players, regional dancers and vocalists. This was premiered at the
Jodhpur folk festival.
It was then off to Sweden for a solo set at
the Stockholm drum day along with a brief finale with Vinny Appice
and Seven.Click here for LDS pics Work then began on an album with Mick Khan
and Steve Jansen (Japan) and Peter Murphy (Bauhaus) for the second
release under the name of Dalis Car. Pete then began work on
some tracks with Johnny Rabb and his 'Biodiesel'
The story for
2009 After NAMM in LA Pete was off
to India for the launch tour of his new album with
Bickram Ghosh. The album,
entitled 'Kingdom of Rhythm' was out on
the HMV / Saregama label and was launched in Kolkatta by the
governor of Bengal along with a sold out concert featuring flame
throwers and fire dancers. The show was broadcast live on TV.
Pete was then off to Argentina
for an extensive
performance / Clinic tour which took him to Buenes Aires, Mendoza
and La Plata. Then it was straight to Frankfurt for solo
performances on the main stage, a duo with Dave Langguth and a guest
performance with Selva Ganesh, Jonas Hellborg
and Niladri Kumar.
At the NAMM Remo booth
Then it was a solo slot at the Adams drum festival in
Belgium and also a duo slot with Simon Phillips. This was
followed by a short clinic tour in Holland. Around this time Petes new book received 5 stars in Modern Drummer magazine.
Besides the five stars in MD, the book was also voted in the top
five books of the year in the Modern Drummer
readers poll. Pete was also featured around this time on
Jon Hassell's new release on ECM,
'Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street' Pete
was also featured heavily on Benny Grebs
DVD and also Russ Millers DVD,
both on Hudson.
It was then off to the
Cape Breton drum fest for a solo performance, a duo with Johnny Rabb
and a collaboration with Mi'kmaq Tribe
Eskasoni and Bruce Aitken.
Following this Pete joined forces with
of Iron Maiden for a duo performance at
Drummer Live in London. Pete then whipped out to New Zealand for a
clinic tour hosted by Rockshops NZ and
then off to Australia for a solo performance at
AUDW, the major Aussie drum fest.
This was followed by a week in Croatia teaching and performing. The
week included a duo performance with Horacio
El Negro Hernandez.
Then Pete was off to Mumbai
for a shoot for a music video with Indian rock band,
Bandish. This was followed by a series
of clinics and solo shows in Europe including
Adams drum fest and the Bag show in Paris. Also featured were
duos with Benny Greb in Paris and
Holland, Russ Miller in Holland and
Dirk Verbeuren in Belgium.
Pete was off to the Montreal drum fest
for a duo performance with Steve Smith
and a clinic at the KOSA Academy.
Three new albums came out in India in the fall.
Music today released Pete's 'Journeys with the
master drummers of India' Feat TH Vikku Vinnayakram whils
Indiabeat released 'Made in Chennai'
which is a duo with Ghatam maestro Umarshankar.
Music Today also released
'Talking Drums' which also features
Zakir Hussain, Taufiq and Bickram Ghosh.
Then Pete was off to Poland for a solo show and a
collaboration with the Polish group, Gudrumba.
To conclude 2009 Pete was featured on
Mick Karns new album, ‘The Concrete
Pete with Simon Phillips
Video of Pete with Simon
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2008 kicked off with performances in India with U Shrinivas, U Rajesh and
Loy Mendosa. Pete then had extensive recording work on the new
Incredible Hulk film with Craig Armstrong along with
preparation work on the new Bond film with David Arnold.
It was then in the studio for work on Kiwi singer/songwriter legend
Dave Dobbyn’s new album. Pete then
performed with the group Sunev, feat Bickram Ghosh inc a show at the
Darbar festival in the UK. Live
performances with Steve Smiths Vital Information followed, inc
Ronnie Scotts in London. Work with Jon
Hassell followed with a performance with Maarifa street and a
premiered work with a 150 strong choral group in
Norwich cathedral. Then came live
performances with Lee Scratch Perry & Aid Sherwood and then a mini
tour of Russia with George Brooks and
Kai Eckhardt along with the
Pete then performed at Glastonbury with beat box
This coincided with the release of Petes new book on
Hudson music, Indian rhythms for the drum set. It is
the first book ever written covering this topic. The book was
considered 'Book of the year - 2008'
and given 10/10 by Slagwerkraant magazine in Holland.
CD feat Pete and Amit Chatterjee was released in India in late
June 08 on new independent label Indiabeat.
He finished recording work on another new album
feat Vikku Vinnayakram and Bickram Ghosh
which will be out in 2009 on
Music Today records in India. At
this time Pete's web site was also voted website of the month on the
BBC Tom Robinson show.
With El'Negro and Roxy Petrucci
Pete also then got his teeth into recording and
arranging all the ethnic percussion on the 2008 Bond flick, 'Quantum
Pete was also in Kolkatta finishing off an album with Bickram Ghosh and their duo
KINGDOM OF RHYTHM which will be released on Saregama -
HMV in India Feb 2009. This will also feature on one track
bass star Kai Eckhardt of
John Mclaughlin fame.
Pete also spent a few days in Kolkatta filming a video to accompany the release,
shot by leading Indian film director Ringo.
Pete also features strongly on the title track on the new
album by Indian band,
Action from the video shoot in Kolkatta
Then Pete was back in India for a four city tour with
Bickram and guitarist Giuliano Modarell. Around the same time
anothe Indian release came out on the Indiabeat label featuring
Pete, Henrik Anderson and Shashank for an album entitled ROR.
November saw Pete on tour with the
'World drummers Ensemble' for the Big
Bang tour in Holland. The quintet featured; Simon Phillips, Baba Sissoko, Carlo Rizzo, Arto Tunçboyaciyan
Then Pete featured with Shlomo, Jarvis Cocker, Seb
Rochford and a big list of celebs for a collaborative show at the
Queen Elizabeth Hall which was sold out. One of the highlights
was the trio feat Pete, Seb and Shlo.
Pete at the Hudson photo shoot, NAMM
2007 got off to a very Indian
flavour for Pete. In early January pete went out to Kolkatta where he toured locally and
recorded with Bikram Ghosh. There was
also a TV special recorded for an international Indian station which
featured Pete being interviewed by Tanmoy Bose.
Pete then set sail for Chennai where he
recorded with Rajesh Mandolin. After a
brief break back in the UK for some sessions it was back to Chennai for a solo gig on the same bill
as Indian legends Shuba Mudgal and
Bombay Jayshree. Then there was a
performance with U Shrinivas at the
Dyhanalinga temple in front of 100,000 people. The show was also broadcast live on national TV. The trip
was wound up with recording work on a 'big news' Tamil film called 'SIVAJI' with
Superstar actor Rajini Kanth
AR Rahman. Then it was back to
London to perform at Ronnie Scotts with
Steve Smiths Vital Information. Pete
also got news that he narrowly missed first spotin
the readers polls of Rhythm magazine
for BEST LIVE PERCUSSIONIST 2006 andBEST STUDIO PERCUSSIONIST 2006
Pete was then back in
Chennai for ten days performing solo on the same bill as
Shakti at the founders day celebrations
Vinayakrams grandfathers percussion school. There was
also another TV special recorded for SS music and a number of live radio performances.
Pete also started work on a special new album which features the
great Vikku Vinayakram, Bikram Ghosh, Rajesh Mandolin, Mahesh
Vinayakram and Pete.
Then Pete was off to Canada to perform at
the Cape Bretton international drum fest.
Pete performed a solo set and also duets with
Michael Shrieve (Santana) and Ed Mann
(Zappa). Pete is also writing and recording with Michael
Shrieve on his new album. Then it was back to India for more
recording with Bickram Ghosh and then
back to the UK for recordings with Lee Scratch
Perry and Aidrian Sherwood / Primal
Pete also performed with
Steve Hiltons FLYKKILER and Pete Lawrences
Chilled by Nature at the big chill
festival along with Remo Fernandes.
Then Pete was off to the USA for a solo performance and duet
performance with Steve Smith at the NH drum expo. He also got a chance to visit the
Zildjian factory where there could well be some
'Lockett creations' in their drum circle ranges.
Pete with Chad Smith & Simon Hanson
Pete was then off to Russia
for recordings and performances with George
Brooks and Russian outfit, Goatika. The TAALISMAN project with
Amit Chatterjee also performed at
Birdland in Austria. Then Pete was back in India for the month of
December. Highlights included concerts with Bickram Ghosh,
, and Ghatam
Suresh, including a performance at the 70th birthday
celebrations for the legend TV Gopalkhrishnan.
There was also a recording with some of the best musicians of
Calcutta, including the great Pandit Shankar
Ghosh. There were also
recordings with Indian rock band, ‘Bandish’
including a percussion feature on the title track on their new
album. Pete also finalised the details on his first
Indian CD release, 'Journeys with the master
drummers of India' which will
come out with
'Music Today' in 2008. The
trip wound up with NDTV doing a 30min special on Pete, Bickram and Bandish to be
broadcast early 2008.
Poster in Kolkatta 2008
Pete also worked on a new project called
XTAL. This is a re-mix project taking
Aphex Twin tracks and giving them the full percussion
NEW ALBUM RELEASED
APRIL 07. Pete live in Istanbul @ Babylon club 2006 with
special guests Tarik Tuysuzoglu
on percussion and
Serdar Pazarcioglu on violin. Lots of solo percussion with
electronics and some tracks with some great Turkish flavours. All
Petes albums are now available on itunes
and napster etc.
Pete with El'Negro Drummer live 09 with Nicko McBrain
voted #1 BEST LIVE PERCUSSIONIST 2005
in a readers poll of Rhythm magazine
& best live
percussionist 2005 on international drum site,
This website was also voted in the top ten worldwide drum &
percussion websites 2005 at alexa.com. Thanks to all those who voted. With J Rabb, B Greb and Jojo Mayer @ Namm
Taiko to Tabla with Joji Hirota
was included in top 55 rhythm albums of all time in
Songlines magazine, August 2006