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Pete with Zakir backstage
after the show in Mumbai
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Pete with Peter Gabriel at rehearsals in New YorkClick on the photograph to enlarge

Highlights of 2006
It’s was a busy 2006 in Pete Lockett’s percussion world. Pete has been working closely with Doug Wimbish of Living Colour on his new album, including a few live dates with Doug, the highlight of which was with Will Calhoun and Skip Macdonald at Wembley conference centre. Pete Has also been touring the UK with his Parallax beat brothers project featuring Scanner which has a new release in Japan autumn 06. Their summer performances included the Big Chill festival, including visuals by Pete and Scanner.

Pete also toured in June with with a new trio featuring Fazal Qureshi (Zakirs brother) and Amit Chatterjee, guitarist from the Zawinal syndicate. The project was a great success and lots more is planned for the future. They have recently been recording in London.


Pete at Zildjian with John King

There's also a Quartet with Bikram Ghosh from Calcutta, British saxophonist Jesse Banister and Algerian violinist Djamel Benyelles – They recorded in the summer and have done a video for their debut album.  On the session front Pete arranged and recorded solo percussion on the new James Bond film, becoming the first one to freeze the entire ProTools system at Air Studios with 96 simultaneous tracks of percussion! Bwahaha!  Pete also recorded percussion for Adrian Sherwoods acclaimed new album on Real World.

Pete also released a new album with Parallax beat brothers in late 2006.  'Twisted Artifacts' is now available on itunes and all digital mp3 sites, as is Petes album 'Live in Istanbul'.

   

PBB new album Click on the photograph to enlarge         Pete with Bickram & Rhythmscape in Kolkatta Click on the photograph to enlarge

Pete also performed solo at the South Bank Centres Purcell Room for the Indian Bahar festival in June. TV and Film work continues thick and fast, including the bad girls TV series and numerous projects wit composer David Arnold.


Babylon flyer Click on the photograph to enlarge


Pete after a performance
with Steve SmithClick on the photograph to enlarge

Pete has also been busy with clinics and solo shows and was one of the tutors at the Marktoberdorf drum week in Germany along with Steve Smith, Johnny Rabb and many more.  Check out the videos here! (Web page).   There have also been live performances with Indian Sarod masters, Amaan and Ajaan Ali Khan, including a show at Womad, UK and in San Francisco.

Other solo shows included the vibes from the vines festival, drums in the weald and some shows in Switzerland.  From there, after a chill out period in Kenya pete was off to record with Steve Smiths Vital Information and then Russ Miller on his new album featuring Nelly Furtado.  Then there was a video shoot with Steve Sidelynk for their new project, Force of Two shot by video guru, Steve Chivers.  Pete is also recording tracks with drummer Johnny Rabb for an up tempo drum n bass project.  There have also been performances with Little Axe following the release of their new album.

Congo Square - New Orleans Musicians Benefit
Pete is also involved in this massive project, produced by drummer Fabian Jolivet (engineered by Eric Corne), features an ensemble intro piece depicting the african slave’s journey to the new world. It includes all kinds of drum set, hand percussion, vibes, marimba, and even tap dancing solos. Some of the best drummers in the world have started recording at Mad Dog studios in Los Angeles, CA…Clem Burke (Blondie, Eurythmics, Iggy Pop); Ruben Estrada’s on latin marimbas & DJ Bonebrake (X, The Knitters) on cool vibes, Richie Hayward (Little Feat, Ry Cooder, Eric Clapton); Brazilian great Airto Moreira (Stan Getz, Weather Report, Miles Davis), Peter Erskine (Joni Mitchel, Steely Dan) jazz great Jimmy Cobb (Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane); Simon Kirke (Free, Bad Company); Cindy Blackman (Jackie Mc Lean, Lenny Kravitz); Richie Morales (Gato Barbieri, Herbie Mann, Bill Evans) and the legendary Joe Morello (Stan Kenton, Dave Brubeck). The London (UK) sessions will include classical great Evelyn Glennie (all Philharmonics); Pete Lockett (Bjork, Peter Gabriel, Jeff Beck) & Andy Newmark (Sly Stone, John Lennon, Roxy Music). The very abstract Thomas Bloch (Radiohead, Black Rider, John Cage) is currently recording a piece in Paris. 100% (sales & publishing) generated from this Drum Circle will go to help the Crescent City’s musicians in need fund.

Pete's most recent interview is here, at mikedolbear.com. Pete interview


Pete live at the Royal Opera House, London with Ed Thigpen

Highlights of 2005

2005 got off to an exciting start for Pete, inc recording with Daniel & Natasha Bedingfield @ Air studios, American band Euphoria @ Metropolis, David Arnold @ Air studios, American singer Jes (Of MotorcycleBand, USA Billboard top ten 2004) @ Westlake studios, Los Angeles.

Whilst in LA Pete also spent a day at REMO working on some new drum designs and signature drums. Next up was a performance and clinic at the PAS UK event for REMO drums and on the same day he is off to Istanbul for a mini tour with Adrian Sherwood. Pete has, as featured artist also written a series of in depth articles for Computer Music mag on drum programming and sequencing percussion, including programming natural sounding Tabla parts.


Pete @ REMO LAClick on the photograph to enlarge


Pete in studio action Click on the photograph to enlarge

Then there was more recording. Albums with Legendary Indian singer HaraHaran at Sweet Georgia Browns in London,  Greg Hunter (ex The Orb) @ London view studios and also with the seventy year old Rhajastani Gypsy vocalist, Rheshma at Abbey road studios.

It has also been a time of new projects for Pete with his duo EP release with Steve Sidelynk (Madonna) which has got to the mixing stage with some ultra dub mixes being done by Aid Sherwood/On-U-Sound and also Chris Potter at Metropolis. Then there is the new duo project with Scanner called "PARALLAX BEAT BROTHERS" which has now released its first album,  ‘Autek’  The project is an electro-acoustic combination with electronic wizard Scanner and special guest Jon Hassell on trumpet. The project appeared at Rhythm Sticks at the Royal festival hall this year had an extensive UK tour in Oct/Nov. Check a review here!  Pete also was involved for Rhythm at Rhythm sticks and gave a drum set clinic at the rhythm day in the Purcell Room.

Pete is also recording and mixing tracks for his new album which has so far involved recording trips to Azerbaijan, Pakistan and India to get some of the worlds top singers and instrumentalists, inc Rajesh Mandolin from Madras and Riaz Ali Khan from Lahore.

In April Pete was live at the Babylon club with Turkish percussion master: Tarik  and Turkish violinist Serdar.   The following night Pete guested for the evening at the Nardis jazz club in Istanbul with great guitarist Ofer Ziv and his band.  There have also been gigs with the Taiko to Tabla project in the UK.


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ete in the Wild West by Tess Laurence Click on the photograph to enlarge

Pete then had a short trip to Croatia for some solo gigs at the Seaside Jazz festival, Vodice and the Split Jazz festival. He also guested with the group, Voices of Nature . He was then off to Denmark for ten days to record an album and perform with Danish guitarist Henrik Anderson (ex Trilok Gurtu band).   MP3 clip    Video clip


Live with Henrik Anderson in Copenhagen Click on the photograph to enlarge

Then there was more work back in London on the duo project with Steve Sidelynk. Craig Armstrong has co-writen a track for the project with Pete and Steve at Craig's studio in Scotland.  Pete was then performing with Chandru and the Bollywood strings, including a performance with the BBC concert orchestra at the Proms in Hyde Park which was live on BBC2. Pics  here!


Pete performing at the Proms in Hyde Park  2005

Pete then performed solo at the drummer live event at Wembley in London on the main stage.  The show featured guest Taiko drummer Liz Walters. Check out pics here!  Pete also did some live dates with Phil Clemo's 'Separated by shadows' project.  Next he is off to the Falkland Islands for a series of solo performances & workshops besides guesting with a local band on some gigs.


Crikey, is this how they get to gigs in Denmark!  Click on the photograph to enlarge


Pete with Shankar Ghosh, Bickram and family  Click on the photograph to enlarge

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