Joby Burgess

Joby Burgess’ “A Percussionist’s Songbook”

Joby Burgess’ “A Percussionist’s Songbook” 

ANNEX | 823 SEYMOUR STREET | Google map
Doors at 7:00PM | Concerts starts at 7:30PM


Joby Burgess, percussion
Matthew Fairclough, FOH Engineer


“…a multi-genre passion for contemporary western music with explorations of ancient global traditions.”

BBC Music Magazine

Listen together to electrifying music.

“with percussionist extraordinaire Joby Burgess … thunder and menace are offset by taps, rattles and delicate whispers redolent of an entire percussion section.” (BBC Music Magazine)

Joby Burgess is a percussionist who transcends categorization; his virtuosity, his daring and his eclecticism put him in the top rank of international musicians. In this show, he performs his new album, made up of pieces written for him by John Metcalfe, Tunde Jegede, Dario Marianelli, Yazz Ahmed, Graham Fitkin, Dobrinka Tabakova and Gabriel Prokofiev, as well as two compositions of his own.

Burgess describes the pieces as “songs without words,” but, paradoxically enough, they’re inspired by texts; the literary sources include the poetry of Robert Graves, the prose of Michael Ondaatje, Saudi Arabian folk tales and even United Nations population growth statistics! Written for an array of electronics and percussion instruments, A Percussionist’s Songbook is a profusion of sonic pleasures. Burgess moves through a number of different setups during the performance, and takes the time to chat with the audience as he does so. It’s an evening of electrifying music.

These concerts are presented by Music on Main and Presenting Partner PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

These concerts are supported by Vancouver Civic Theatres.

The January 26 concert is dedicated to the Memory of Ross Fleming (1975 – 2022).

The reviews are in:

“Essential Classics ALBUM OF THE WEEK”
Georgia Mann, BBC Radio 3, 17 October 2022

“A fascinating record with wide-ranging ambition and, surely, mass appeal. Joby Burgess has created a release for classical label Signum that could sit equally comfortably in the rock or ‘world’ genres, such are its broad range of influences and audible sense of adventure. Warmly recommended.”
Adrian Ainsworth, ArtMuseLondon, 11 October 2022

“Combining a multi-genre passion for contemporary western music with explorations of ancient global traditions, Joby Burgess has done much to foster the art of percussion.”
Steph Power, BBC Music Magazine, 4 October 2022

“a commercially minded playlist of good vibe tracks that reward curiosity with aural treats … Joby Burgess achieves something very special in A Percussionists Songbook, combining 20th century musical ideas, each unmistakably of their time, into a composite sound that sounds fresh. And like all well produced albums it’s one you’ll want to listen to from beginning to end.”
Jon Jacob, Thoroughly Good, 30 September 2022

A note about mask wearing:
With COVID and the flu and cold season upon us, Music on Main encourages audiences to wear masks at indoor concerts.


Tunde Jegede
The Ancestors Are Within

Dario Marianelli

Dobrinka Tabakova
Desert Swimmers

Gabriel Prokofiev
Dr Calvin Remembers

Joby Burgess
Come Sweet Death

Yazz Ahmed
Throw Your Pumpkin (& Pick Me Up)

John Metcalfe
Love Without Hope

Graham Fitkin

Joby Burgess
Take Me Home