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.
Simon returns to the Edinburgh Fringe 15-23 Aug as part of the prestigious Made in Scotland international showcase, with a spectacular new lineup which premiered in India in Nov,info
ST's Ritmata will tour New Zealand in late Aug-Sep, including performances at Taranaki and Christchurch Arts Festivals, full info soon
Great audience for Svara-Kanti at Liverpool International Jazz Festival 28th Feb after a fantastic week presenting a series of workshops in East Lothian schools on Indian music with Sarvar Sabri on tabla, and a video recording, here...now a crucial period of writing.
Simon toured Pakistan, around Karachi and Islamabad, with tabla master Sarvar Sabriover seven performances in January 2015, as well as giving a workshop and appearing extensively on TV and radio. Full report here. Scottish press coverage here.
Simon's backwards recording showpiece Rakshasa is included on "The Rough Guide to Psychedelic India" out now, here, or buy the full Rakshasa album here. Reviews here and here
Fantastic reviews of Svara-Kanti's debut performances in india, Coimbatore review here, Kochi review here, 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
Three albums with three groups to come over the next 18 months, special guests, 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
Svara-Kanti's recent Maida Vale session for BBC Radio 3's "World On 3" available on the BBC site here
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Dil Dil Pakistan reimagined by Simon thacker, with Sarvar Sabri (tabla)