Karlov Most Painting

Performing with GOL at Knockengorroch Festival, 2009


Pete has had the fortune to be mentored 1997-2007 in workshop leadership skills, djembe playing, rhythm concepts in music & life by award winning South African Master percussionist, composer, improvisor and friend Eugene Skeef. The video above is a classic moment from our years in post-war BiH.

Pete trained intensively between 1998-2001 with Master drummer Tomas Camara in West African Djembe, songs and improvisation in Serekunda, Gambia and also travelled to study with master musicians in Congas & Bata in Havana & Santiago, CubaClaypots in IranDarabuka and Frame drums in Turkey

In the UK, Pete has also studied regularly with African, Brazilian and Cuban percussionists such as Eugene Skeef, Bosco De Oliveira, Dave Pattman, Vicky Jassey, JP Courtney, Jason Gaines & Ravin Jayasuriya

Pete has a BA (Hons) in Psychology specialising in Music Psychology. He has also studied Drum Kit and Latin Percussion in London at Drum-Tech where he received a Distinction in a Diploma in Popular Music Performance.

Pete also holds an MSc in Sound Design from Edinburgh University focusing on sound for film and improvising as a percussionist with live sampling & mixing

Apart from this dedicated training I suppose I am largely self taught in many ways, play music in creative performance and recording projects, feeling most at home being an instinctive improvising player. I believe in the inherent healing power of music and love to travel to collaborate, to play with other musicians and create music together whilst being immersed in each others cultures.

Community Music Projects

Sarajevo Drum Orchestra (1996-2001)

Rhythm and songs interactive session for all the 60 countries at the UN Peace Assembly in Perugia, Italy 1999

Between 1996 and 2001, Pete founded a band and community music project called the Sarajevo Drum Orchestra training young percussionists in war torn Sarajevo and Mostar. This pioneering community music project, that had the fortune to benefit from knowing and living and creating music with Eugene Skeef, Simon Glinn, Bennet Hogg, Roxana Pope, Tony Pesikan, Oha Maslo, resulted in the band Sarajevo Drum Orchestra touring, performing, recording & devising drum & song workshops and collaborations with fellow musicians, dancers, Visual Artists, sculptorists, across Holland, Italy, Czech Republic, Croatia, Sardinia, Bosnia, Turkey, Iran and Georgia.

Highlights include performing at the UN Peace Conference in The Hague in front of Kofi Annan and Desmond Tutu, staying for 2 weeks in Tabor, Czech Rep (2001) and leading 80,000 people on a Samba peace parade march from Perugia to St.Assisi in Italy (1999).

More importantly and to the community music point/perspective...many of the people Pete trained in using music and interpersonal skills in workshops and performance are all still active 20 years later working in their communities across Bosnia and Hercegovina including Sarajevo, Mostar, Srebrenica and in Turkey & the Republic of Georgia.

These include my brothers and sisters Tony, Oha, Jasmina Basic, Senad Suta, Aida Kudic, Gogo, Vedran, Robert Krajncic, Alan Cameron, Teo, Pero, Alma, and countless other musicians that made the times so magic and memorable for all involved.

Tony Pesikan

Most notable in his ever present on the community music scene in BiH, being my brother Tony Pesikan (from Grbavica, Sarajevo) who is one of the most sought after in his musical craft of delivering music projects and workshops and performances across the Balkans. Recent work by Tony include long term projects in Srebrenica, Sarajevo, Mostar, Adriatic Islands on summer camps over the past 20 years....

Tony & I were a positive force in community music drumming and singing sessions. We were relentless doing creative music making sessions in large and small groups. In Zugdidi we made 6 visits over 2 years training local Atinati NGO and sharing all our rhythms, rhythm games and songs. Mimosas breakfasts were legendary.


Tony and Pete in Zugdidi frontline with Abkhazia, Georgia (1998-2000).

We delivered 100's of workshops for children classified as Internally Displaced Persons (IDP's) by the ongoing conflict. We also worked with Roxana Vilk, Dee Isaacs, Miriam Nabarro and Prof Nigel Osborne to establish training programmes for multi-arts creative workshop projects.

Community Music Projects in Scotland (2001-2018)

In Scotland, Pete, as a freelance practitioner has led hundreds of workshop music projects in a variety of different creative worlds working with thousands of young people over 17 years. Focusing on freelance work with East Lothian, Edinburgh City and The Scottish Borders, working with p4-p7 Primary Schools in pioneering projects such as the Big Drum Adventure, Drake Music Scotland, Scottish Chamber Orchestra Connect and Music at The Brewhouse.

2017-2019 Angus Youth Music Initiative Additional Support Needs, Creative Music Making

2012-2018 East Lothian Youth Music Initiative Additional Support Needs in Musselburgh, Dunbar and Tranent. I visit regularly ASN Units and engage creative rhythm and drum games, storytelling, soundscapes and songs.

2002-2017 Scottish Chamber Orchestra CONNECT Freelance Music Workshop Leader for the music programme Festus, SCO Lab, The Vibe Band and Gauche the Cellist. Improvisation/composition Tutor for Secondary School music students in The Scottish Borders and Glasgow 2015 and other Community Music Performance projects including Festus 2002 at The Traverse Theatre Edinburgh.

2010-2017 Pete also focused his teaching energy on S1-S4 Learn to Succeed projects for disengaged Secondary School Pupils as The Rhythm Zone Project, on a community level with the Street Beats Brazilian project, taught West African drumming for the Edinburgh University Drumming Society for 12 years and Big Drum Adventure collaborations with Mat Clements from WT1?

2014 - Musical Director & Percussionist - SCO's VIBE Band Project special performance for SCO 40TH Anniversary Ball at The Assembly Rooms

2007-2008 Young Scot Special podcast and recording projects with homeless and recovering from drug addiction youngsters

2001-2005 Hearts and Minds as an Arts in Health Care Practitioner  4 years I worked as a ClownDoctor & Elderflower in Hospitals

Performing with GOL at The Bongo Club Edinburgh, 2010

Bands & Recording Projects

In Scotland, Pete has played percussion and recorded for many groups. He currently plays drum kit for jazz-world-trip-hop band GOL/Wolf Collective, afro-latin-funk-rock band Baobab Gateway. Over the years with individuals like Dougie Hudson, John Kenny, Andy Cooke, Yann Seznec, Mat Clements, Allan Ferguson, Aki Remaly in bands and fellow collaborators from Orkestra Del Sol to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to the award winning (British Composers Award 2007) contemporary classical-fusion group Music at the Brewhouse  and the legendary Seznec Bros

GOL (now Wolf Collective) performed regularly at festival across Scotland, Bosnia headline shows at the tRON kIRK Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 2010 and 2015.

Played drums and percussion with Baobab Gateway at The Queen's Hall Edinburgh & drum kit with The Brewhouse Band at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Usher Hall Edinburgh, Glasgow Tramway, Orkney St Magnus Festival, Byre Theatre St Andrews, North Edinburgh Arts,

GOL (now Wolf Collective) Highlights include playing the inaugural Kelburn Garden Party Main Stage 2009 in a line up including Bonobo & The Bays then again at The Viewpoint in 2011, 2013,2015; Knockengorroch 2010,2012,2014  and many gigs, happenings and private parties across the UK



Nominated for Best Documentary at the Royal Television Society 2008 with Roxana Vilk


United Creations Collective

Pete has been performing on recordings as well as composing sound design and music for film documentaries, experimental films since 2002.  

Pete's sound design & music has been on 30 Roxana Vilk documentary & short films premiered at film festivals, nominated for several awards and won awards together (Kodak Award 2006), 2nd Prix Du Jury at Cannes 2017, Amsterdam New Renaissance Best Short Experimental Music Film 2019.

Roxana and Pete Cannes 2eme Prix-du-Jury


Performing to original music and sound design for Around the World in 80 Days by Lung Has Theatre Company in 2011 at The Traverse Theatre Edinburgh


Sound Design & Live Percussion

Pete has performed as a drummer and percussionist for live theatre since 1997 as well as composing sound design and music for theatre productions since 2003 in Edinburgh.

Pete has composed sound for theatre for over 20 years and in particular enjoyed 4 major productions with the inspiring Lung Has Theatre Company including Monster Tears, A Distant Suma and Around the World in 80 Days (2011)

The CATS Award Winning "The Unconquered" with Stellar Quinnes Theatre which went to Brits off Broadway in New York

The wonderful "Archeology" for Starcatchers Theatre which toured Scotland.

Pete  was also commissioned in 2004 to compose for the Opening Ceremony for Perth Concert Hall and recorded for the Opening Sequence of the Edinburgh Tattoo 2012

 Studio and Music Production

Pete has almost always run a professional studio for live recordings and post-production work in albums, film, theatre, TV, sound design and music projects. Pete recorded, mixed and produced GOL's  NEW Album "Strange Times"  released in 2014 and was commissioned by Studio Integrate and The British Council in 2015 for a unique sound design installation called Evolution


Recording and mixing new albums & music videos for Vilk Collective (previously GOL) on United Creations Records

Attic Studios (2010-2017) kit set up and ready to get in the rhythm zone