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Simon Thacker’s Ritmata

Simon Thacker’s Ritmata

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).

As a group, they flit expertly between Middle-Eastern intensity, medieval meditation, 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. 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.

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