Tickets On Sale from 10am On Friday 20th December
Simon Thacker’s Ritmata is the musical laboratory of one of Scotland’s most distinctive and compelling musical figures. The Edinburgh born classical guitarist and composer creates primal and multi-layered sound worlds for the unusual lineup of classical guitar, piano, double bass and drums, with some of the UK's finest improvisers.
Simon Thacker’s Ritmata will perform music from their extraordinary recent debut album Tàradh. Thacker draws on inspirations from Native America, medieval alchemy, Indian music and philosophy, Sephardic music, flamenco, Moroccan traditions and Ancient Roman mythology to create anew. Remarkably, over a month before release, the album centrepiece Quadriga in 5 was nominated for The Ivors Composer Awards, the most prestigious in the UK, in the category of “Jazz Composition for Small Ensemble”.
Experience some of the most powerful instrumental music of today that pushes at collective boundaries with its compositional intricacy and improvisational telepathy.
"A clear spiritual kinship with the great post-Coltrane quest for transcendence" Jazz Journal (UK)
From the ancient Americas to pre-Renaissance Europe, from Mogul India, Pakistan and music from Azerbaijan so old it is simply accepted as “traditional” (the moving Bana Bana Gel), this was a journey through space and time." Elsewhere (New Zealand)
"You could call it soul music, though not in any conventional sense. As eclectically-inclined classical guitarist Simon Thacker explained, the aim of his Ritmata quartet is to take music from various parts of the globe, strip it down to essentials and render it new, sometimes echoing ancestral beliefs and emotions. This they do with surprising, often spectacular, results." The Scotsman
"The masterful player used his guitar in ways seldom heard in New Zealand and peppered the performance with humour and history." Taranaki Daily News (New Zealand)
This event take place at UNESCO City of Music Studio at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall