Welcome to the website of virtuoso classical guitarist, intercultural pioneer and composer Simon Thacker. acclaimed for his dazzling solo performances and as a leader of and composer for groundbreaking ensembles, Simon is As passionate about Segovia and jazz as he is about Indian music and classical contemporary. his work effortlessly transcends boundaries, genres and continents. 


Next performances: solo for Music in Rannoch, 20th Feb, and Svara-Kanti at Liverpool International Jazz Festival 28th Feb, info here. Simon will be presenting a series of workshops throughout East Lothian schools on Indian music with Sarvar Sabri on tabla in Feb.


 Simon toured Pakistan, around Karachi and Islamabad, with tabla master Sarvar Sabri over seven performances   January 2015, as well as giving a workshop and appearing extensively on TV and radio. Full report here.


Fantastic reviews of Svara-Kanti's debut performances in india, Coimbatore review here, Kochi review here, see a dedicated page with photos and video here


Svara-Kanti performed in Coimbatore and Kochi in November, the Indian debut of the group, also featuring the premiere of a collaboration with Raju das Baul, concert excerpt here, rehearsal preview video here


Previews in the Hindu newspaper in India for Svara-Kanti performances here and here


Three albums with three different groups to come over the next 12-18 months, several special guests, new music, new traditions,  all world premieres, more news soon


Video interview on Summerhall TV here, 5 star ST's Ritmata Fringe review in ThreeWeeks here and fantastic Scotsman review here


Interview on Summerhall Radio to coincide with ST's Ritmata's Fringe shows as part of Made in Scotland here


Exceptional review of recent Karmana performance in the Highlands in the Ross-shire Journal here


Svara-Kanti's recent Maida Vale session for BBC Radio 3's "World On 3" now available on the BBC site here


Incredible review of Svara-Kanti's Swaledale Festival concert here, "awesome complex and breathtaking"


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Dhumaketu by Simon Thacker, Svara-Kanti


Svaranjali for guitar and tabla

by Simon Thacker, with Sarvar Sabri


                                             SIMON  THACKER      



(video: Simon Thacker's Svara-Kanti in India with raju das Baul, Nov 2014)

interview on Summerhall TV, Simon on Ritmata

Descanso de mi Vida, Simon Thacker's Ritmata