John Ball is a dedicated performer and teacher of North Indian music specialising in both tabla and the one hundred stringed santoor. He has been World Musician in Residence in the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield since 2008. John has studied Santoor with Sri Harjinder Pal Singh, a senior disciple of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, and has received extensive training from some of India's greatest tabla maestros including Sri Sudhir Saxena, Ustad Faiyaz Khan and Pandit Yogesh Samsi.
Over the last 15 years John has built a reputation as an active and committed teacher promoting Indian music through regular workshops in schools, universities and community projects. He has also had several articles on Indian Music published, and has written over 100 liner notes for Indian Music CD releases. In recent years he has worked as a composer and performer in several successful collaborative projects, including Indus, Rafiki Jazz and Unfurl, fusing Indian music with other world music traditions, performing at Womad, Edinburgh Festival, Musicport, Brecon Jazz Festival and London Jazz Festival amongst others. He also regularly performs as an accompanist with Balbir Singh Dance Company.
Santoor, Tabla, North Indian Instrumentation
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