Bandit65 at Ronnie Scott’s, London Financial Times Review

London Financial Times Review

Kurt Rosenwinkel and Bandit 65, Ronnie Scott’s, London — power chords and body-shaking grooves Two guitarists and a drummer conjured compelling jazz improvisations
Mike Hobart JANUARY 18, 2018

The closely worked textures and supple rhythms that infused this intriguing gig were conjured on the fly from two guitars, a drum kit and a battery of pedals and effects. Each piece opened with a wash of electronica and evolved into a body-shaking groove, cued by a just-invented riff or a repeated beat. But though even the core of this multi-layered gig was left to chance, it had the clean lines and sense of order of pre-composed music.

The band released their first recording in 2014 and have been together ever since. At this gig — a stopover between Japan and France — the musicians projected a road-tested rapport that suited their moniker Bandit 65, the name of a trusty guitar amp.

The evening opened with guitarists Kurt Rosenwinkel and Tim Motzer juxtaposing whiny melodies over wheezy synthesised sounds. Drummer Gintas Janusonis added a hiss of cymbals and pistol-shot triggers; textures thickened, lines came at speed and then the first groove arrived, a steady Latin funk with Rosenwinkel in full cry over Motzer’s strummed bass. As the piece evolved, power chords crunched, there was a wail of rocking blues accompanied by the thump of mallets, and a swish of brushes supporting the picked outlines of a country ballad.

The second improvisation opened with a synthesised chuckle, oscillated into a mist of white noise and settled into grainy urban funk. The third began with a thrum of atonal chords and lyrical pan-pipe effects; it faded over head-nodding hip-hop and twisted and turned in between.

Rosenwinkel and Motzer were so in tune with each other’s strums, lines and sonic effects that at times it was hard to tell them apart. But for the most part, roles were clearly defined, though frequently swapped, and Motzer’s nylon-stringed acoustic was a warm contrast to Rosenwinkel’s jazzier, more metallic lines. The abstract beginnings had purpose, and with Janusonis setting the pulse and providing propulsive support, the grooves had bite.

The second set proceeded as the first. Each of the three pieces hovered in time, then firmed into a house-shaking rhythm. But with soundscapes varying and grooves referencing different roots, each improvisation was distinct. The band built the evening to a tense, rhythm-infused high, faded over sparse electronic beeps and then Rosenwinkel spoke. “That’s our time,” he said. All too soon, the performance was done. ★★★★☆
The London Financial Times, Mike Hobart, January 18, 2018

https://www.ft.com/content/e5b67948-fae0-11e7-9bfc-052cbba03425

Read about our January 2018 Japan/Europe Tour!

We just finished an extraordinary whirlwind tour…

January 11-21 2018,  flying through multiple time zones and playing to capacity audiences in Japan, UK, and Europe.  It’s difficult to put into words all of the amazing experiences that we shared. It was a quite an exhausting tour in terms of travel,  but so exhilarating to play for all the wonderful audiences. There was magic and the pure joy of being together again. We played many epic Bandit65 concerts! Here’s a short diary of our journey, click on the link below to begin!

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TOUR DATES

2018

JANUARY
11 Cotton Club, Tokyo, JP
12 Cotton Club, Tokyo, JP
13 Cotton Club, Tokyo, JP
15 Ronnie Scott’s, London, UK
16 Cheval Blanc, Schlitigheim, FR
18 Jazz Action, Valence, FR
19 Flagey, Brussels Jazz Festival, Brussels, BE
21 Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, DE

2017

FEBRUARY
7 Helsinki, Finland – G Live Lab
8 Stockholm, Sweden – Fasching
9 Goteberg, Sweden – Nefertiti
10 Copenhagen, Denmark – Jazzhus Montmartre
11 Copenhagen, Denmark – Jazzhus Montmartre

MAY
11 Liege, Belgium – Theatre de Liege
13 Madrid, Spain – Cafe Berlin
14 Barcelona, Spain – Jamboree Jazz Festival 8/10pm
16 Sevilla, Spain – Teatro de Lope de Vega
18 Innsbruck, Austria – Triebhaus
20 Bonn, Germany – Jazzfest Bonn, Haus der Geschichte

2016

May
3 Budapest, Budapest Jazz Club
5 Berlin, xJazz Festival
6 Milan, Blue Note Milan
7 Montpelier, KOA Jazz Festival
9 Vienna, Porgy & Bess
11 Prague, Jazz Dock

July
28 Valencia Jimmy Glass Jazz Club
29 Nigrán, Nigrán Jazz Festival
30 Cádiz, Festival Jazz Cádiz

August
3 Rome, Casa del Jazz Festival
4 Firenze, Plaza di Michaelangelo
5 Rossano Calbro, Chiostro di S. Bernardino, Peccorincino Jazz Festival
9 Viggiano-Potenza, Giardino Pubbluco, Jazz Festival
10 Trento, Lagarina Jazz Festival

September
8 Cambridge, Regatta Bar
9 Philadelphia, Chris Jazz Cafe
10 Philadelphia, Chris Jazz Cafe
16 Montreal, Upstairs Jazz
17 Brattleboro VT, Vermont Jazz Center
18 Los Angeles, Moss Theatre

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2014 Live Excerpts

2009 Bandit 65 Debut Album

ABOUT BANDIT65

KURT ROSENWINKEL – guitars, electronics
TIM MOTZER – guitars, guitar synth, electronics
GINTAS JANUSONIS – drums, percussion, circuit bent toys

BANDIT 65 is a mesmerizing post-jazz sonic trio of breathtaking virtuosity, great power, boundless breadth, and astounding beauty. Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tim Motzer, and Gintas Janusonis explore the intersection of guitars, rhythms, electronics, soundscapes, experimentalism, psych-rock, free improvisation, and telepathic interplay. Bandit 65 explores a wide open canvas, searching and pushing the envelope live and discovering captivating mind-blowing multidimensional landscapes of sound in their improvisations. Their debut album, Bandit 65, was mixed by Tyler McDiarmid at StadiumRed, Ornette Coleman’s former studio, in Harlem NYC. The album is available as a digital only release from 1krecordings.bandcamp.com.

KURT ROSENWINKEL

Kurt Rosenwinkel needs no introduction in jazz circles, a defining master, trailblazer, and preeminent international jazz guitarist/composer with a career spanning almost twenty-five years, who has recently released his latest album as a leader, Star of Jupiter. Kurt’s bio and discography is expansive with 10 albums as a leader including 2003’s Heartcore co-produced by Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, and 2009’s Standards Trio – Reflections, both on Verve. He’s collaborated with dynamic peers like Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Human Feel; and esteemed jazz elders like Joe Henderson, John Scofield, Paul Motian, Pharaoh Sanders, and Gary Burton. Rosenwinkel’s indelible mark in music is the consummation of being steeped in the rich and deep traditions of jazz, springing off of the shoulders of such vital underpinnings to elevate his own art to new heights. In 2013, he was invited and honored by Eric Clapton to play the Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden. Besides Clapton, he performed with UK guitar legend Allan Holdsworth. http://kurtrosenwinkel.com

TIM MOTZER

After 17 years of world touring, stunning collaborations, and over 70 albums of credits this innovative Philadelphia-based guitarist continues to traverse manifold territories in music and has developed a distinct textural guitar voice utilizing looping, bowing, electronics, and prepared techniques. He has been recognized by Prepared Guitar (Madrid, Spain) in their list of the top 100 modern guitarists worldwide. He has collaborated with musical luminaries: David Sylvian (Nine Horses), Burnt Friedman, Jaki Liebezeit (CAN), Ursula Rucker, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter and King Britt among many others. As a leader, his projects include Orion Tango, Goldbug, Instant Takemitsu, and Tim Motzer SOLO. He releases his genre-defying solo work and collaborations on his 1k Recordings imprint. He composes for film and video, is a composer/accompaniest for the University of the Arts and scores for choreographers in the world of modern dance. http://1krecordings.com

GINTAS JANUSONIS

Gintas Janusonis is a NYC based, Grammy nominated, internationally acclaimed drummer, composer, and producer who has worked with a diverse range of world class artists, groups, and producers during a 20-plus year career, including Angelique Kidjo, Branford Marsalis, Lee Scratch Perry, RZA, Wu-Tang Clan, Bill Laswell, David Murray, James Spaulding, Melvin Rhyne, Joe Blaney, Otis Clay, The Revelations, Ursula Rucker, Bilal and many more. His wide range of musical styles, groupings, and concepts are a reflection of the depth and breadth of his musical vocabulary and conception. His voice as a drummer and percussionist has been deeply informed by his work as a producer, composer, and recording engineer. Janusonis also explores the artistic possibilities of coalescing electronics with acoustic instruments, and sonic manipulations in his musical palate.  www.GintasJanusonis.com

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