Dear friends, 
Happy New Year! I'd like to share with you some plans for 2018 and nice memories from 2017. 
 
 
 
 


I`m delighted to announce that the new Sirkis/Bialas IQ album - OUR NEW EARTH - is in the process of making and will be released on MoonJune Records label around the Spring of 2018.

Please follow the link below to watch a video about the making of this album (video by Jarek Jarosz).



OUR NEW EARTH contains some fresh musical ideas, sounds and instruments. Check out the video for more details.

The album features:
Sylwia Bialas - vocals, waterphone 
Frank Harrison - piano, keyboards
Kevin Glasgow - electric bass
Asaf Sirkis - drums, percussion, Konnakol

Many thanks to Jarek Jarosz for producing our 'making of' video from the recording studio and to Slawek Janus for building this custom made, rare and fascinating instrument called waterphone!

Enjoy the video and the music! Stay tuned for more tour dates coming soon on the gig page.

 
 
 
 


Meet us at the Jazz Ahead music conference 2018 in Bremen, Germany! We will be sharing a stand with MoonJune Records. 
 
 
 
 


NEW SOLO ALBUM RECORDING AND SOME MORE MOONJUNE ADVENTURES!

Its been a fantastic collaboration with Moonjune Records so far. Dwiki Dharmawan`s album PASAR KLEWER has been selected as the best release of 2017 at Jazzwise Magazine; THE STONE HOUSE album (Reuter/ Stavi/Wingfield/Sirkis) has been selected as one of the best albums of 2017 at All About Jazz website by both John Kelman and Mark Sullivan as well as by Downbeat Magazine as one of the best releases of 2017.

I am very much looking forward to record a new solo album for Moonjune in mid 2018 featuring Gary Husband on Keyboards, Kevin Glasgow on 6 string electric bass, and some surprise guests. The session will take place at La Casamurada Studio where I will also be recording a duet album with Sylwia Bialas as well as a new album with Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and others.

Stay tuned for more updates!

 
 
 
 
 

Many thanks to Mr. Leonardo MoonJune Pavkovic for his musical spirit and for the love and effort he puts in supporting so many great artists!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tim Garland`s new album featuring Yuri Goloubev (double bass), myself on drums and a string ensemble recorded at the Abby Road Studios in London last month. I`m very much looking forward to the development of this project!
 
 
 
 
Mark Wingfield`s new album featuring myself on drums, Yaron Stavi on electric bass and Dominique Vantomme on keyboards will be out in 2018.
 
 
 
 
Nicolas Meier & Dewa Budjana`s new album recording coming up this month featuring Nick & Dewa on various guitars, Jimmy Haslip (electric bass) , Muhammat Saat Syah (flute, vocals) and myself (drums & Konnakol).
The picture below was taken while on tour in Europe with this band in late 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There were some great and memorable moments at the Ambleside festival in August. On this picture from a concert dedicated to the late great pianist John Taylor, I was honored to share the stage with some brilliant musicians such as Dave Holland, Joe Locke, Tim Garland, Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker, Stan Sulzmann, Darryl Hall, and more.
 
 
 
 
It has been a wonderful collaboration with London-based Indian bass player and composer Shri Shriram and his projects: `Trikona` Ensemble featuring Mr. Shri Sriram (bass, flute); Kousic Sen (tabla); Prathap  Ramachandra (Ghatam), Prakash Ramachandra (Mridangam) & `Just a Vibration`(at Manchester Jazz Festival) as well as our collaboration with Bugge Wesseltoft!
 
 
 
 
 
I am happy to announce that I`ve started teaching at these two music colleges. I`m looking forward to work with enthusiastic young musicians in 2018!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I`d like to address sincere words of gratitude to my Indian music teacher and mentor, master Paramasamy Kirupakaran for his great support and making me feel welcomed in the Indian musical family!
 
 
 
 
Many thanks also to all the promoters and listeners supporting our music and to all my musical colleges for fantastic collaborations in the past Year. May the coming new year be inspiring and fruitful to all of us!

                                                                                                Asaf Sirkis 
 
 
 
 
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