The latest news from the world of Asaf Sirkis

Recent Rhythm star and Guest Lesson tutor Asaf Sirkis has a number of live dates and workshops planned for this summer and beyond.

To begin with the Asaf Sirkis Trio will perform, as part of the 2009 Brecon Jazz Festival, at Brecon Cathedral on 8 August at 2pm. The band will feature Tassos Spiliotopoulos on guitar and Patrick Bettison on electric bass and harmonica. Also look out for the Asaf Sirkis Quartet featuring Mark Lockheart on saxophone, Kit Downes on piano and Mike Outram on guitar at the Watermill Jazz Club, Dorking, 20 August.

Asaf, Yaron and Tassos have also been enjoying their touring workshops around the country. You can meet the band and enjoy hands-on experience at Pembrokeshire Jazz n Blues Festival on 27 August, Puzzle Hall Inn; Leeds College on 18 November; and The Grain Barge, Bristol, 27 November.

Asaf is also currently on tour with Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio, and will be in the Far East and Australia during September and October. For more of Asaf's dates with Tim...where you can check out his hybrid set of udu, bendirs, hang and cymbals...visit

Other Asaf Sirkis Trio gigs include:

2 - Crypt Stage, 2pm, Ealing Jazz Festival, Walpole Park, London W5, UK
7 - The Good Intent, Rochester, UK
8 - Brecon Jazz Festival, UK, Brecon Cathedral
20 - Asaf Sirkis Quartet, Watermill Jazz Club, Dorking, UK
27 - Gig 7pm and workshop 2pm, Pembrokeshire Jazz & Blues Festival, Wales, UK

12 - The Biggin Hall, Coventry
17 - The Puzzle Inn, Sowerby, Yorkshire
18 - (afternoon) Workshop at Leeds College (tbc)
18 - YMCA Theatre, Leicester, UK
19 - Cardiff Jazz Society, Wales, UK
24 - Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho, Dean Street), London
26 - Restormel Arts, St Austell, Cornwall (tbc)
27 - Gig and workshop The Grain Barge, Bristol
28 - The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock, Wales, UK
29 - Black Mountain Jazz club, Abergevenni, Wales, UK

1 - The Stables, Wavendon, UK
3 - (lunchtime) London School Of Economics, London
7 - The Domicil Jazz Club, Pforzheim, Germany (tbc)
8 - Porgy & Bess Jazz Club, Vienna, Austria (tbc)
9 - The Unterfahrt Jazz Club, Munich, Germany
15 - The Cluny, Newcastle, UK (tbc)

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