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Simon Thacker’s Ritmata (Simon Thacker)

By | Published on Wednesday 20 August 2014

Oh lucky, lucky Edinburgh. Simon Thacker is in my opinion – one of the most important musicians of his generation. His world class quartet of classical guitar, bass, piano and drum kit played a stunning hour of significant world music that left this reviewer thrilled. Thacker’s compositions most of the programme are based on music from across space and time, containing influences from Azerbaijan, Dagestan, India and thirteenth century Spain to name but a few. There was even the world premiere of ‘Asuramaya’ – giving each of the group a chance to improvise, breaking away briefly from the precision and discipline of playing this exacting, demanding, breathless music. This was a night of rhythm, excitement and genuinely wonderful musicianship.

Summerhall, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Rodgers]