Pete is a cellist, sitarist and vocalist from a long family line of travelling performers. His unique musical voice draws from his training in Hindustani music, composition and the guidance he has received from Mandinka and Fulani Griots.
As a student of Ustad Irfan Muhammad Khan, his sitar playing follows the style of the Lucknow-Shahjahnpur Gharana, albeit with a modern twist as a result of his training before meeting Khansaheb.
He has devised new ways to play the cello, including making use of a simple cam strap capo. He has also designed and built a new instrument, the ‘gourd cello’, which has a cello bridge, strings and neck with a wooden soundboard and calabash body.
He combines cello, sitar and vocal techniques to create intricate melodies and visceral textures, which shape soulful songs, pieces and improvisations.