Born in 1969 in Petah-Tikva, Israel, Asaf later moved to the town of Rehovot, where he spent his teens and early twenties. This was an influential move for Asaf, as it was here amongst the diverse cultural influences he found in Rehovot that Asaf began to show an interest in music and rhythm. In Rehovot he lived amongst people from North Africa, east and central Europe, and the Middle East. Living in Shaarayim, the Yemenite neighbourhood in Rehovot, Asaf was particularly drawn to Yemenite culture, music, and rhythms.
At the age of 12 Asaf began drum lessons, while also having a strong interest in playing electric bass. The music that influenced Asaf at the time still influences his writing and playing till this day; The Beatles, Police, Yes, Genesis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Allan Holdsworth, and Weather Report to name a few.
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John Fordham, The Guardian 2008
“Sirkis is not only an inventive drummer but also a composer of rigour, wit
and surprising delicacy”
Chris Ingham, Mojo Magazine, October 2008
“Since arriving in London from Israel at the end of the end of the '90s, Asaf
Sirkis has earned a reputation as one of the world's premier drummers”
Ian Patterson, All About Jazz, September 2008
“Asaf Sirkis, the world class drum phenomenon reminiscent of Jack
DeJohnette and Tony Williams at the height of their powers that's taken the
British scene by storm over the last few years”...
Renaissance man 2004
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