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Heiko Dijker is an Amsterdam based Tablaplayer-Producer whose playing is marked by enthousiasm and energy, depth of knowledge and rythmic poetry.
After years of traditional training with Shri Bhaswaraj Bhendigeri in India, he continued to learn with grandmaster Faiyaz Khan in the Guru-Shisya (Master-Disciple) system. Holding a Masters-degree in classical Tabla of the Rotterdam Conservatory, where he studied with Ted de Jong and Ustad Faiyaz Khan, 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 Kulur(Magical Bansuri), Sandhya Sanjana (Indian vocal), Neela Bhagwat(Indian vocal), Pandit Birju Maharaj(the legendary Kathak dancer), Ustad Fariddudin Dagar, Bahauddin Dagar (Roudra Veena), Amine and Hamza M'raihi(Tunesian Oud and Kanoun), Het Nieuw Ensemble (contemporary western), Scapino Ballet, Concerto Rotterdam (with Jacob ter Veldhuis), Lenneke van Staalen, Taal Vadya(rythm group with South-Indian percussionists), Shinske Ishihara(Japanese Marimba virtuoso).
Next to enjoying his performances, he is an accompanist of great masters like Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia(Bansuri) and Pandit Buddhadhitya Mukherjee(Sitar) at the Indian classes at the Rotterdam Conservatory, and a teacher at the SKVR music school in Rotterdam. CHECK ALSO HIS MORE ELECTRONIC EXPLORATIONS COMBINING GROOVING TABLA WITH LIVE LAPTOP-LOOPS AND MANIPULATIONS.....