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 Europe, the USA and beyond.

Joby commits much of his time to his own projects, most notably with the audio visual collective Powerplant – a collaboration with sound designer, Matthew Fairclough and visual artist, Kathy Hinde - where the worlds of minimalism and electronica collide.  Powerplant has released albums on Signum and Nonclassical featuring music by Steve Reich, Gabriel Prokofiev, Graham Fitkin and Max de Wardener.

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 extensive tours with Peter Gabriel’s New Blood Orchestra, PUNKIT– an adventurous participatory project for massed percussion ensemble by Stephen Deazley and ‘Pioneers of Percussion’ a solo recital programme featuring new work by Nicol Lizée, Linda Buckley and Rebecca Dale. 

Joby regularly performs, records and collaborates with artists including Christophe Beck, Stewart Copeland, Murray Gold, Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), John Kenny, Akram Khan, Sarah Leonard, Joanna MacGregor, Dario Marianelli, Peter Maxwell Davies, Max Richter, Sasha, Nitin Sawhney, Keith Tippett, Pete Tong, Adrian Utley (Portishead), Nana Vasconcelos and Eric Whitacre along with many of the world’s leading chamber ensembles.

Joby can often be heard on major film and TV scores, notably leading the percussion on Black Panther, The Darkest Hour, Paddington 2, Trolls, The Last Kingdom and Taboo, he was featured on the score to Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. Joby enjoys close relationships with a variety of instrument makers and manufactures, his extensive collection of instruments are featured exclusively on Spitfire Audio’s sample library Percussion Redux, recorded at the world famous Air Lyndhurst Hall, London.

Each year Joby gives master-classes and leads numerous creative workshops for focusing on rhythm, composition and improvisation, often using West African music as the stimulus. Joby studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. 






18/9/19 Nonclassical

Joby Burgess plays John Luther Adams, Linda Buckley and Gabriel Prokofiev. Plus Reylon (Chinese hammer dulcimer) and Lola de la Mata (DJ).

The Victoria, London, UK TICKETS

5/10/19 Daylight Music

Joby Burgess plays John Luther Adams and Rebecca Dale. Plus Janek Schaefer and AVA.

Union Chapel, London, UK TICKETS

10/10/19 Day of Percussion

Caldicott School, Buckinghamshire, UK TICKETS

10/11/19 From Zero to Infinity

Joby Burgess plays J S Bach, Osvaldo Golijov and Iannis Xenakis. With Matthew Barley (cello), Clare Hammond (piano), Soumik Datta (sarod) and Subvinder Singh ‘Pinky’ (tabla and vocal percussion).

Wimbledon International Music Festival, London, UK TICKETS

03/12/19 Credo in USA

This is a happening, not a concert. The Joby Burgess Collective plays Eric Whitacre, John Cage, Linda Buckley and Terry Riley’s In C. Plus Steve Reich (Come Out) and Linda Buckley (DJ).

RNCM, Manchester, UK TICKETS



 REmote Recording


Remote Percussion Record is my percussion tracking service, located at my studio - a former coach house just north of London.

Here I am able to offer everything from cymbal swishes to waterphone effects, rhythm percussion to trash metals, beautiful bells and melodic vibraphone to Thai gongs and bass marimba, military snare drums or even a complete Hans Zimmer style complement of toms, djuns, taikos and bass drums. 

Due to budget and time restrictions it’s not always possible to look past samples when considering your percussion parts. Remote recording is fast and efficient. Send me your percussion parts, audio tracks, tempo information and click tracks, then I’ll record my percussion instruments and send you the files to import into your session.

My Remote Percussion Record service has been used by composers including; Ruth Barrett, Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury, Rebecca Dale, Ben Foster, Murray Gold, Andrew Simon McAllister, Toy Drum aka Pablo Clements & James Griffith and Will Gregory. 


As a session musician I work regularly at all of London’s finest studios and scoring stages including Air Studios, Abbey Road (EMI) Studios, Angel Recording Studios, RAK Studios and British Grove Studios. My discography includes film scores, TV shows, adverts and albums for a wide range of classical, pop and rock artists.

Over the past 15 years my playing has been heard on features and shows including Ad Astra, Rocketman, Avengers: Endgame, Black Panther, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Annihilation, The Darkest Hour, Paddington 2, Trolls, Kubo and the Two Strings, Ant-Man, Edge of Tomorrow, Ex-Machina, Gentleman Jack, The Little Drummer Girl, Thunderbirds are Go! The Last Kingdom, Taboo, Life Story, Hidden Kingdoms, Torchwood, Doctor Who and for artists including Robert Tear, Andrea Bocelli, Katherine Jenkins, John Rutter, Joanna MacGregor, Graham Fitkin, Gabriel Prokofiev, Sam Smith, Trevor Horn, Pete Tong, Sasha, Goldfrapp, Peter Gabriel, Stewart Copeland, The Who. 


"As a percussionist I am always on the look out for new sounds, be it the latest innovation, traditional instrument or found sound. Over the years I have built up a vast collection of instruments from around the world and enjoy close relationships with a variety of instrument makers and manufactures."


Aluminium Harp / Canna Sonora / Rub Rods C6-C8, Crotales C6-C8, Glockenspiel G5-C8, Marimba C2-C7, Parsifal Bells C5-E8, Thai Gongs F3-C4, Tubaphone C6-C8, Tubular Bells C4-G5, Vibraphone F3-F6 Xylophone C4-C8


Bass Drums, Bongos, Cajon, Concert Toms, Congas, Darabuka, Djembes, Djun Djuns, Epic Toms, Field Drums, Gran Cassa, Octobans, Roto Toms, Shimme Daiko, Snare Drums, Surdo, Talking Drums, Tama Gong Drum, Tenor Drums, Timbales, Taikos 


Anvils, Agogo Bells, Bell Plates, Bell Trees, Brake Drums, Chains, Cowbells, Cup Chimes, Cymbals, Dustbin, Echo Tree, Finger Cymbals, Frying Pans, Mark Tree, Oil Drum, Peking Opera Gongs, Piatti, Spiral Trash, Spring Coil, Tam Tams, Thundersheet, Trash Can, Triangles, Waterphone, Wind Gong


Berimbau, Cabassas, Castanets, Chinese Blocks, Claves, Flexatone, Guiros, Log Drums, Puilis, Ratchets, Shakers, Sleighbells, Tambourines, Temple Blocks, Udu, Vibraslap, Washboard, Whistles, Wind Chimes, Wood Blocks  


Adams / Alliard / De Gregorio / Grover / Remo / Sabian / Tama / Expanding Hands Music / Mike Balter / Vater / Wernick Music Instruments / Protection Racket



by Joby Burgess

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