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Sirocco Biographies

Jarms on the wall of Amber Fort, Jaipur India 2008

Paul Jarman

Paul began performing at the age of four, inheriting a keen interest in music from two generations of his family, on one side, classical and jazz, and the other, country folk musicians. Now accomplished on over twenty instruments from Asia, Australia, The Middle East and Europe, Paul works as a composer and producer as well as performances with many arts groups including Sydney Dance Company, Colin Offord, The Renaissance Players, Sydney Children’s Choir and Rainbow Circus. His latest choral works have been performed in Singapore by combined international choirs.

His instruments in Sirocco include : saxillo, synthesiser/sampler, punji, didgeridu

Andrew de Teliga

Andrew de Teliga is the main composer for Sirocco. His background is in rhythm and blues guitar. As well as performing in a wide variety of rock bands, Andrew learned the classical violin. From a classical repertoire Andrew turned to the Irish fiddle and to the music of the different ethnic groups in Australia His inspired compositions have been used around the world. In particular dance groups from Singapore, Korea and Australia have choreographed to his music.

Instruments include : Ch'ng, violin, Greek bouzouki, electric guitar, slide guitar, Uigher Tar

Peter Jacob

Peter Jacob studied teaching at Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education. After teaching for three year in primary schools, he studied for a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium. On graduation Peter has worked extensively with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra. In 1984 Peter toured with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Zubin Mehta. He has been involved with many contemporary music ensembles such as Synergy and the Seymour Group. Peter has put together a unique percussion rig for Sirocco including : tupan, darrabukka,  water drum, Irish Bodhran and Indonesian gongs.


Chai Chang Ning

Chai Chang Ning has been with Sirocco on many tours around Australia and overseas including Taiwan and Hong Kong. He is a master on the Chinese bamboo flute.

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William (Bill) O'Toole

Bill O'Toole -plays wooden flutes , bagpipes and a variety of unusual woodwind. He went from organising bush dances and concerts in Australia to Europe to study music and music instrument making at the London Guild Hall University. On returning Bill started making a variety of instruments from Australian timbers and at the same time performing on them around Australia. With Andrew de Teliga he formed Sirocco in 1980 and is responsible for their innovative projects, such as the event/concert to promote the Macquarie marshes around the world. He also manages the group and is a consultant working as an events development specialist. He has written three university textbooks on event management. Recently he worked for the UN (in Khartoum and Entebbe), European Commission (in Aqaba) and in Saudi Arabia, France, USA and Dubai.

His company website is EPMS.NET


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