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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 Slagwerkwereld.com.

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 FamularoClick on the photograph to enlarge 

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 HERE!

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 Festival Hall Click on the photograph to enlarge

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 Steve Smith.

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 others. 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 Pasic conference. 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
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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 the
Cannes film festival for performances 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. 

In Jan 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 Click on the photograph to enlarge                           In the village of Pabuscar Click on the photograph to enlarge 

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 contributor. 

Check out Pete's new sample CD on Loopmasters. Click the image above.Click on the photograph to enlarge 

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 Click 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 2010Click on the photograph to enlarge 

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 percussionist 2010.

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' project.

Street hoardings in Bangalore  Click on the photograph to enlarge 

More 2010 pics - click here!

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 Click on the photograph to enlarge

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 Nicko McBrain 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.  Then 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 Twin’.

Pete with Simon Phillips Click on the photograph to enlarge

Video of Pete with Simon Phillips Click on the photograph to enlarge

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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 Goatika project.
Pete then performed at Glastonbury with beat box star, Shlomo. 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.

Click for book video 

The TAALISMAN 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 PetrucciClick on the photograph to enlarge

Pete also then got his teeth into recording and arranging all the ethnic percussion on the 2008 Bond flick, 'Quantum of solace'.


Visit Petes photo album 2008

Pete was also in Kolkatta finishing off an album with Bickram Ghosh and their duo project 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, Bandish.

Action from the video shoot in Kolkatta Click on the photograph to enlarge

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 and Pete.

Click for Tour Diary of BIG BANG

Click for Quick time video of BIG BANG.

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 2009Click on the photograph to enlarge

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 and music by 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 spot in the readers polls of Rhythm magazine for BEST LIVE PERCUSSIONIST 2006 and BEST 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 of Vikku Vinayakrams grandfathers percussion school.  There was also another TV special recorded for SS music and a number of live radio performances.  Photos here!  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 Scream.

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 in London Click on the photograph to enlarge

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, Kadri Gopalnath , 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 2008Click on the photograph to enlarge

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 treatment. 

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  Click on the photograph to enlarge                             Drummer live 09 with Nicko McBrain  Click on the photograph to enlarge

Pete was voted #1 BEST LIVE PERCUSSIONIST 2005 in a readers poll of Rhythm magazine & best live percussionist 2005 on international drum site, mikedolbear.com   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 @ NammClick on the photograph to enlarge

Pete's Album, Taiko to Tabla with Joji Hirota was included in top 55 rhythm albums of all time in Songlines magazine, August 2006

Pete with Zakir in MumbaiClick on the photograph to enlarge

With Peter Gabriel at rehearsals in NYClick on the photograph to enlarge

Wth Bickram Ghosh & Sivamani pre show in ChennaiClick on the photograph to enlarge








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