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Heiko Dijker
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Heiko Dijker
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Heiko Dijker is an Amsterdam based tablaplayer/electronic music-producer whose playing is marked by enthousiasm and energy, depth of knowledge and rhythmic poetry. He left Holland at a young age to find true soulfulness in music and life. Hitch-hiking around the world on his own, Heiko was drawn into classical Indian music and the beauty of India. After years of traditional training with Shri Basawaraj Bendigeri in India, living in a small clay hut and doing saintly practice in the Himalaya, he continued to learn with grandmaster Faiyaz Khan in the Guru-Shisya (Master-Disciple) system. For 10 years, he was totally absorbed in his Sadhana, practicing and listening only classical Indian acoustic music.

Holding a Masters-degree in classical Tabla of the Rotterdam Conservatory, Heiko has been working with great Indian classical and not so classical musicians and dancers, as well as with fusions of traditional and innovative music and dance. Just to name a few: RaviChandra Kullur (Carnatic Bansuri and Beyond), Sandhya Sanjana (Indian vocal), Pandit Birju Maharaj (the legendary Kathak dancer), Ustad Fariddudin Dagar, Bahauddin Dagar (Rudra Veena), Neela Bhagwat (Indian vocal), Amine and Hamza M'raihi (Tunesian Oud and Kanoun), Kailash Ensemble, Praful, TablaTronic Violince, Aesh, Het Nieuw Ensemble (contemporary western), Scapino Ballet, The Zeeuws Symphonic Orchestra, Composer Jacob ter Veldhuis, Lenneke van Staalen, Sharat Srivastava, Taal Vadya (rhythm group with South-Indian master-percussionists), Shinske Ishihara (Japanese Marimba virtuoso), and many more. Next to enjoying his performances, he has been an accompanist of great masters like Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (Bansuri) and Pandit Buddhadhitya Mukherjee (Sitar).

At the Rotterdam Conservatory, he is a teacher at the SKVR music school in Rotterdam, and has given lecture-demonstrations/workshops for Conservatories and institutes all over the world. Currently Heiko has joined his traditional skills with music-production, and has created several albums. Heiko has recorded artists like Shankar Mahadevan, Saskia Laroo and Ravichandra Kulur for his songs.
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