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Creative Jazz Club: Simon Thacker’s Ritmata (Scotland)

When:

Wed 9 Sep 2015, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: 1885 Basement, 27 Galway Street, Britomart, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $39.00 ($36.50 + $2.50 fees)
  • CJC Members: $29.00 ($26.50 + $2.50 fees)
  • Students: $29.00 ($26.50 + $2.50 fees)
  • General Admission (Cash Door Sales): $35.00
  • CJC Members / Students (Cash Door Sales): $25.00
  • CJC Student Members (Cash Door Sales): $15.00
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Simon Thacker - classical guitar / composer
Paul Harrison - piano
Mario Caribe - bass
Stu Brown - drums/percussion

Creative blend of classical guitar, jazz, medieval influences

Simon Thacker's Ritmata is the acclaimed musical laboratory of the visionary Scottish guitar virtuoso, distilling the essence of his pioneering intercultural musical experiences and lifelong absorption in some of the most powerful sounds from across continents and epochs, constantly expanding the expressive means of his unique musical language. Featuring soul stirring improvisation and an emotionally charged compositional style, Simon leads a stellar lineup of some of Europe's most gifted musicians, consisting of Paul Harrison (piano), Mario Caribe (bass) and Stu Brown (drums/percussion).

Simon’s compositions for Ritmata source musical inspiration from every corner of the globe. As a group, they flit expertly between Middle-Eastern intensity, medieval meditation (including reimaginings of 13th century Spanish miracle songs), Native American affirmation, the limitless expression of Indian ragas and talas, pulsating rhythms from East Africa, the unbridled emotions of flamenco and the celebrations of Sephardic Judaism. The results, however, are more than mere synthesis. Stunning original patterns are woven seamlessly into a new aural fabric, and the outcome sees Simon create his own tradition from his immersion in others.

Simon Thacker is an iconoclastic composer who has consistently broken new ground with Ritmata in the creation of music with authentic global meaning. A quest for personal and musical growth continues with the world premiere of exciting new works on their forthcoming album, also featuring special guests from traditions around world.

Simon Thacker’s Ritmata have toured extensively across the UK and in 2014 were selected to represent Scotland in the prestigious Made in Scotland Showcase, curated to expose the greatest Scottish artists to international audiences and promoters. They will be touring New Zealand in September. Audiences can expect the delicious shock of the new alongside a further dismantling of musical boundaries and total immersion in creative expression.

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