Tunji Beier, Percussionist
Percussionist Tunji Beier was born in Papua New Guinea. In his early years, growing up in Nigeria, he practically talked drums before he talked language. Tunji Beier is inspired by the power Of Yoruba drumming tradition. >> more
The percussionist plays:
Mridangam - Ghatam - Kanjira - Dhol & Dolki - Tavil - Morsing - Gangan - Sekere - Omele - Zarb (Persian classical percussion) - Deyra (Uzbekistani frame drum) - Kendang (Indonesian drum used as part of the Gamelan Orchestra) - Selection of Indian temple bells, portugese cow bells, an antique dutch shop window cheese made of metal and drum kit.
Tunji Beier was magnificent at the "Brunswick Music Festival" - he is a fearless musician - his drums knock upon the unknown and make it known. The performance of percussionist Tunji Beier was exhilarating - never falling from the tightrope of great feeling, depth and texture - what a night! We are blessed to be on this earth. - James Waller / Melbourne ArtistCollaborations
Tunji Beier collaborated with leading jazz musicians Bill Cobham, Iain Ballamy, Oren Marshal, Ashley Slater, Zakir Hussain, Trilok Gurtu, Randy Weston, Charlie Mariano, Burton Greene, Chris Hinze, Dave King.
At the age of five Tunji Beier went back to Papua New Guinea and at the age of eight moved to Australia for the first time. In 1980 he went to Nigeria to study Yoruba drumming. In 1986 percussionist Tunji Beier went to South India to study classical indian percussion and stayed there for three years to receive the highest mark in the state exam for percussion. Tunji is living in Australia.
Tunji Beier - Percussionist