After settling in London in 1999, Israeli-born Asaf Sirkis quickly established himself in the vibrant UK Jazz and world music scene, and recorded the album ‘Nuzha’ with Palestinian oud player and composer Adel Salameh, which featured Asaf’s Middle Eastern frame drum playing, and re-formed the Inner Noise band with Steve Lodder and Mike Outram.
Meeting Gilad Atzmon in 2000 led to them forming the seminal Orient House Ensemble, recording seven albums together. ‘Exile’ won ‘Best CD of the Year’ at the BBC 2003 Jazz Awards and they were nominated in the ‘Best Band’ category the following year.
Since 2006, the prodigiously talented drummer/composer has also enjoyed a unique collaboration with acclaimed saxophonist/composer Tim Garland. They have released four albums to date and toured the world with their Lighthouse project. Asaf remains one of the hardest working musicians, boasting an incredible discography and a who’s who of collaborations.
“Asaf Sirkis, the world class drum phenomenon reminiscent of Jack DeJohnette and Tony Williams at the height of their powers that’s taken the British scene by storm over the last few years” Renaissance man