With musical influences from Africa, Asia and Scandinavia, this quartet combines traditional rhythms and contemporary harmonies, producing an 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.
A sound that has abolished musical border-posts but is deeply grounded in and respectful of different musical legacies… one that is simultaneously nowhere and everywhere – respected SA arts journalist Gwen Ansell
Reza Khota (SA) – Guitar
– 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 Louis Moholo, Kesivan Naidoo, Shane Cooper and Buddy Wells. In addition to playing widely around Africa, he has performed in Switzerland, Norway, Canada and Carnegie Hall – New York.
Fredrik Gille (SE) – Cajon, Riq. Frame Drum, Percussion
-Fredrik has collected and mastered a variety of percussion instruments from all over the world, with Middle Eastern drumming being his expertise. His sound is influenced by Arabic rhythms and Spanish music.
Ronan Skillen (IE/SA) – Tabla, Percussion, Didgeridoo
-Ronan 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.
Schalk Joubert (SA) – Bass
-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.