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Honorary Professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China     

 

 
 
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PERCUSSIONIST OF THE YEAR 2015 - USA DRUM MAGAZINE

Pete Lockett is one of the most versatile multi-percussionists in the world and is regularly voted in the top percussionists of the moment. He has immersed himself in percussion from every part of the globe, from Indian to Arabic and from Japanese to Latin.He's toured worldwide as a solo artist & has more than twenty CD releases.  The wide range of artists he’s worked with reflects the diversity of his playing, inc:
Björk, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Dido, Jeff Beck, Bill Bruford, David Torn, Steve Gadd, Vikku Vinayakram, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Jasraj, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Zohar Fresco, The Verve, Steve Smith,  Texas,  Damien Rice,  Craig Armstrong,  Bernard Butler,  U Shrinivas, Ronan Keating, Nitin Sawhney, Evan Dando, Vanessa-Mae, David Arnold, Evelyn Glennie, Errol Brown, Jarvis Cocker, Rory Gallagher, Pet Shop Boys, Beth Orton, Hari Haran,  Mel C,  A R Rahman, Eumir Deodato,  Mike Mainieri, BBC concert orchestra,  Sinead O'Connor & lots more!


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Documentary from Croatia drum fest, 2016

 
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Bill Bruford and Steve Smith comment on Pete

Bill Bruford
You’re never going to meet anyone quite like Pete Lockett, with that kind of ability and energy. He’s a force of nature. Once you see the musical light from the point of view of someone like Pete, who has a very advanced sense of Indian rhythm, there are all kinds of interesting things you can bring to Western music. Pete and I come at it from different angles, but we are both aware that there are some wonderful rhythms out there.

I think in twenty-five years’ time, kids will be learning Indian classical rhythms and learning to vocalize them and clap in the Indian tradition as much as they’ll be doing Western drum rhythms for their basic drum instruction. I think the world will be a whole lot better place as a result of that. And I think everybody will say, “Oh, I remember Pete Lockett started all this.”

 
Steve Smith
Pete is a friend, inspiration, teacher and collaborator. As one of a few musicians who is a virtuoso in both North Indian and South Indian percussion, his abilities on the tabla (from the North Indian Hindustani tradition) and kanjira and konnakol (from South Indian Carnatic music) are world-class. Significantly, Pete is not only acknowledged and appreciated by Westerners, but he has been accepted into the rarefied circle of maestros of both North and South Indian percussion, no easy feat!

I like the fact that Pete has taken his knowledge of Indian instruments, rhythms and techniques, along with his innate knowledge of Western music and has applied these skills into a unique “world-view” of percussion. This inclusive approach incorporates rhythms and percussion instruments from around the globe. Pete has the kind of high-level musicianship that is a universal language, crossing all boundaries of style or culture. I look forward to more collaborations and lessons with Pete!

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