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A Percussionist’s Songbook

Showing on Jan 25-26

Playing at Orpheum Annex

Joby Burgess, wearing a black shirt with a red roaring tiger on it, runs his hands through his brown hair. Behind is a black background with oversize white words that are not legible.

Joby Burgess (UK)

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 stimulating talk and electrifying music.

MoM is supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Department of Canadian Heritage, BC Arts Council, the Province of BC, City of Vancouver, and many foundations and donors. 

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Artist Bio

Joby Burgess

Master musician Joby Burgess is equally at home performing with The Who and at Sydney Opera House. His solo projects Powerplant and Pioneers of Percussion have taken him from Berlin to São Paulo, but he is often to be found at Abbey Road and Air Studios. Burgess is the creator of the Virtual Marimba Choir, which brought together 227 percussionists from around the world in 2020.


Orpheum Annex

823 Seymour Street, Vancouver (2nd floor)


  • January 25: 7:30
  • January 26: 7:30

Runtime: 65 mins, no intermission


Single Tickets: $39, Arts Workers/Students $18
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Percussionist Joby Burgess Composers John Metcalfe, Tunde Jegede, Dario Marianelli, Yazz Ahmed, Joby Burgess, Graham Fitkin, Dobrinka Tabakova, Gabriel Prokofiev Development support by Arts Council England, Cambridge Music Festival, PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund, The Marchus Trust, RVW Trust