Ancient Agents

With musical influences from Africa, India and Scandinavia, the quartet combines traditional rhythms and contemporary harmonies to produce a richly textured acoustic world beat. Their debut album is recorded and will be released during fall 2017. This international collaboration brings together four multi-instrumentalists – an innovative lead guitarist, a melody-driven bassist and two intuitive, dexterous percussionists whose instruments range from Arabic to Indian, Latin American and North African. Each band member brings with him a distinct sound, an impressive performance history and international experience. The quartet comprises: Reza Khota (South Africa) guitar: An admirer of John McLaughlin and John Schofield, Reza’s strings produce a crossover between east and west, with influences of jazz and classical. He’s worked with South Africas finest musicians, among them Kesivan Naidoo, Shane Cooper and Buddy Wells, and recently taught masterclasses at the University of Toronto. Schalk Joubert (South Africa) bass: One of South Africas busiest session musicians, Schalk is a product of his cultural heritage. He’s able to articulate South African melodies, West African grooves and harmony in the European tradition to produce a cohesive, melodic sound. He’s performed, produced and recorded with the likes of David Kramer, Nico Carstens and Michelle Shocked. Fredrik Gille (Sweden) cajon, frame drums, percussion: Fredrik has collected and mastered a variety of percussion instruments from all over the world, with Middle Eastern drumming being his expertise

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-Gwen Ansell - SA music veteran, journalist. 'A territory that has abolished musical border-posts, but is deeply grounded in and respectful of different musical legacies; a place that’s simultaneously nowhere and everywhere’. -Kevin Naidoo ‘The Orbit’: ‘You guys produced an original and fresh sound. It was exceptional. Let me know if you’d like to come back and play the Orbit again. Anytime !’ -Paul Kahanovitz ‘Slow Life’: ‘A highlight for me and the most amazing concert I’ve ever been part of organizing. The music has emotional intelligence, beautifully lyrical and simply melodic as well as being incredibly virtuosic’. -Alan Webster ‘NYJF and Stirling High’: ‘Ancient Agents wowed the audience last night with their incredible musicality

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