Higher Studies in Music


Asaf Sirkis – How to play Up Strokes on Drums

Focusing on how to work with your anatomy, creating a sense of ease, flow and swing in your playing as well as an injury-free drumming career.


Workshop content:

  1. Introduction to the three main grips in drumming and why it is important to know them.
  2. French grip
  3. German grip
  4. Traditional grip
  5. Basic rudiments and their role in drumming
  6. Moving around the kit


Asaf Sirkis – Drummer/Composer/Educator

Born in Israel, Asaf started his professional career as a drummer in the late 80’s and played with some of Israel’s Jazz luminaries such as Harold Rubin and Alber Beger.

A few years after the recording of his first solo album ‘One Step Closer’ Asaf relocated to the Netherlands, France and finally settled in London around 1999 where he soon became one of the most active jazz drummers around.

During that time Asaf became a founder member of Gilad Atzmon’s ‘Orient House Ensemble’ and started his long time collaborations with renowned saxophonist Tim Garland and pianist Gwilym Simcock.

Asaf has been leading his own bands and projects such as ‘Asaf Sirkis & the Inner Noise’ – a band of an unusual line up of church organ, guitar and drum as well as the Asaf Sirkis Trio. He has been touring worldwide and recorded over 100 albums as a sideman, collaborator and as leader. Asaf has been playing with many renowned jazz and world music artists such as Dave Holland, Jacob Collier, Tim Garland, Gwilym Simcock, Larry Coryell, Jeff Berlin, John Abercrombie, Bob Sheppard, Norman Watt-Roy (off the Blockheads), Wilco Johnson, Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt, Natacha Atlas, Dave Liebman, David Binney, Gary Husband, pianist John Taylor, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler, Andy Sheppard and many more.


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