Percussion Meets Drums

Tunji Beier

Guest world and South Indian percussion maestro Tunji Beier joins Canberra's drumming great Mark Sutton and the ANU Jazz Faculty to make musical magic at the School of Music.


Tunji Beier was born in Papua New Guinea, he grew up in Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Germany and Australia. In his early years, growing up in Nigeria, he was enthralled by the strong Yoruba drumming tradition.

Tunji formally started tacking drum kit lessons at the age of 8, he also had the opportunity to learn from various Yoruba drummers such as Muraina Oyelami , Ademola Onibonokuta, Ayan Dosun & Rabiu Ayandokun. Tunji also studied Classical Western and South Indian percussion in Bayreuth Germany from 11-14. At the age of 15 Tunji went to Bangalore India and spent 4 years studying intensely with Guru T.A.S. Mani and his students R.A.Gopal , T.N. Sashikumar & T.N.Ramesh, tunji finished his Classical South Indian percussion completing the Vidvat state exam with highest honours of the year.

Tunji the spent 10 years in Germany where he had the opportunity to tour, create ensembles, was artistic director of the Bayreuth Border Crossings Festival and toured extensively throughout Europe.

Living in Germany gave Tunji the opportunity to play with greats such as: Charlie Mariano, Bill Cobham, Iain Ballamy, Volker Jaekel, Stepanida Borissova, Ashley Slater, T.A.S.Mani, R.A.Ramamani, Trilok Gurtu, Zakir Hussain, Satsuki Odamura, Linsey Pollak, Markus Stockhausen, Schäl Sick Brass Band, Deishovida, Hulu Project, Xenos.

Since Returning to Australia in 2002 Tunji has had the opportunity to work with Linsey Pollak, Adrian Sherriff, Toby Wren, Anita Hustas, Nick Wales, Bree Van Ryk, Jessica O’Donohue, Jess Green, Jason Noble, Steve Magnusson, Chris Hale, Satsuki Odamura, Greg Sheehan, Mark Atkins, William Barton, Gary Daley, Paul Cutlan, Oliver Miller, Lucky Oceans, James Daley. 


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