Ted de Jong, born at 10-02-1954 in Amsterdam, came at a relative young
age in contact with the Indian Music Tradition and in particular with the
art of tabla playing. He received
his first lessons on the tabla from Esmail
Sheikh in 1967 and shortly after continued his training with Ustad Faiyaz
Khan who at that period toured in Europe with several artists like Ustad
Rais Khan and Pandit Nikhil Bannerjee, both famous sitar maestros.
After that he came under the guidance of his cousin Zamir Ahmed Khan from1972
1977 in Amsterdam. During that period in the year of 1974 Ted de Jong
made his first
visit to India where he received lessons from Ustad Maqbul
Hussain Quereshi in Delhi
and also continued his studies with Pandit Chhote
lal Mishra at Benares in 1976.
In the year of 1978 he came in touch with the famous tabla maestro Ustad
Ahmed Khan in Delhi who had a major impact on his style and his development
as a performer. During this period that lasted 11years, he also studied
for some period the tradtional vocal tradition Khayal under the guidance
of Ustad Younous Khan, master
of the Agra Gharana.
In 1991 he sought new guidance under Ustad Faiyaz Khan, a relationship of which lasted till 2014.
His loving guidance was unsurpassed and unparalleled and therefore granted Ted de Jong priceless
gems in the art of tabla playing.
Besides playing traditional Indian music, Ted de Jong also developed
himself as a percusionist in general in the group Flairck with whom he performed
from 1980 till 1985.
In that period he toured globally and took part in
the production of 6 long play records.
At 1987 he started as a mainsubject teacher tabla and theory teacher tala
(Indian Rhythm) at the Rotterdam Conservatory now known as the Codarts Academy
and was active untill spring 2015.
Ted de Jong has over the years accompanied many artist like
Jamal Uddin Bharathiya, Sachdev, Dr. Viyas, Prabha Atre, Sruti Sadolikar,
Irshad Khan (son of Imrat Khan), Ustad Rais Khan, Pandit Ram Narayan, Buddhaditya
Mukherjee, Buddhadev Dasgupta, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasya.
Next to the tradional approach of tabla playing he was and
is also active in numeral contempary fusion projects, workshops, concerts,
and produced several CDs of which
in particular with his own group Ranga
and with the artist and close friend Klaus Wiese.