In association with Concerts SA, Ancient Agents are touring South Africa for two weeks. With musical influences from Africa, India and Scandinavia, the quartet combines traditional rhythms and contemporary harmonies to produce a richly textured acoustic world beat that crosses genres, borders and time signatures.
Ancient Agents invite you on a musical journey that bridges cultures, combining grooves from north India and the Middle East with Afro beats and polyrhythms – ancient sounds telling a modern tale. An admirer of John McLaughlin and John Schofield, Reza Khota’s (SA) guitar strings produce a crossover between east and west, with influences of jazz and classical. One of SA’s busiest session musicians, bassist Schalk Joubert (SA) is a product of his cultural heritage. He is able to articulate South African melodies, West African grooves and harmony in the European tradition to produce a cohesive, melodic sound. Fredrik Gille (Sweden) has collected and mastered a variety of percussion instruments from all over the world, with Middle Eastern drumming being his expertise – riq, frame drum, cajon. Ronan Skillen (Ireland) is inspired by the aesthetic of record label ECM, and music from Mali to Memphis and Mumbai. His flair for improvisation began with the didgeridoo, and his later schooling in Indian classical music and wide palette of textural percussive sounds combine to create a rich soundscape, incorporating tabla and hybrid percussion kit.
Catch Ancient Agents at L’Aperitivo, Shop 5, The Auroras, 9 Aurora Drive in Umhlanga tomorrow (January 29) at 18h00. Entry R400 (full Italian buffet included). Bookings on 031 825 2939 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a further performance at the Alliance Française du Durban, 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside, Durban, on January 31 at 19h00. Tickets R100. Bookings: 031 312 9582 or email: email@example.com