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!

https://mailchi.mp/a7a4c3a7f778/bandit-65-tour-true-story

January 2018 Bandit65 Tour heading to Japan and Europe

BANDIT65 featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tim Motzer, and Gintas Janusonis.

We’ve been in the studio putting together what will become our new album with music culled from our 2016-2017 world tours. We are absolutely thrilled that it will be mixed in London by Paul Stacey. In the meantime, for our upcoming Japan/Europe tour in January, we are preparing a special download from Nefertiti in Gothenburg, Sweden, a magical concert including encores (76 min), that will be available at all shows upcoming. Exciting stuff! We look forward to seeing you at one of our concerts! Be sure to say hello!

BANDIT65
KURT ROSENWINKEL, TIM MOTZER, GINTAS JANUSONIS

BANDIT65 JAPAN/EUROPE TOUR 2018
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, BELGIUM
21 LAEISZHALLE, HAMBURG, GERMANY

 

Bandit65 archival work, Philadelphia – Nov 26, 2016

Nov 26

Two days of working on the Bandit65 Archives at 1k studios in Philadlephia. Gintas and I listened to multitrack recordings of our sublime Vermont concert and the interstellar masterpiece that was the Porgy and Bess concert from Vienna, Austria.  We expect at this point to pull some material from each of these shows for the upcoming album, as well as the Berlin XJazz Festival concert. We are finding astounding music here.

Our Boston/Cambridge performance at Regatta Bar didn’t get recorded by us, but we are reaching out to anyone that may have a recording or video to be in touch with us. Contact Tim at info@1krecordings.com

Los Angeles – Sept. 21

The Bandit 65 2016 Tour is a wrap! We’ve played 20 concerts and festivals since May all around the world. Over the last two weekends we had amazing nights in Cambridge, Philadelphia, Montreal, Brattleboro VT, and Los Angeles! Thanks to everyone who came to our shows! We had a nice time meeting and talking to everybody. Now we continue to sort through our recordings and will work towards completing a new album culled from our live concerts! more to come!

Cambridge – Sept 9th

Two astounding Bandit 65 shows tonight in Cambridge at the Regatta Bar! We are very happy—both shows were rammed, and of course, lots of Berklee student musos and guitarists. It felt like a historic night here. Folks were seriously blown out, as were we. Tomorrow Philly!!

Verona, Italy – August 11, 2016

The Bandit 65 Summer Tour (feat. Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tim Motzer, Gintas Janusonis) concluded last evening in epic style at the Lagarina Jazz Festival in the beautiful Trento region of Northern Italy, surrounded by an infinity of vineyards and gorgeous mountain landscapes at the foothills of the Italian Alps. This band is telepathic! The music never fails to astound us every time we play, even if we think we played a difficult show, the recordings prove us wrong—a totally profound experience. Audiences have been extremely receptive, happy and vibrated by our music.

Lagarina Jazz Fest was our 5th Festival concert in Italy and, including Spain, our 8th concert over all. Since May, Bandit 65 played 14 concerts throughout Europe with most recorded for release on Heartcore in 2017.

Backtracking, in Italy we played Rome (Casa del Jazz), Firenze (Plazzia di Michaelangelo), Calabria in the mountains in Rosanno at Chiostro di San Bernhardino for the Peperincino Jazz Festival. A few days off for mozzarella and wonderful food in Reggio di Calabria (Once known as Saturnia many centuries ago), and the amazing beach and seafood (best EVER!) at Scilla. The final concerts were the Viggiano Jazz Festival high in the mountains of Potenza, and, the Lagarina Jazz Festival—after a 3.5 hour 150km/hr van speeding to Rome followed by a 2.5 hr train to Trento in the North Italia. Whew! Trento’s beautiful surroundings are beyond words and were a perfect setting for our last show of a truly magnificent tour! Bravo! Many thanks, gratitude, and love to Kurt and Gintas; new friends Toti, Alessio, Felipe, Marina, Katherin, Giuseppe, Marco, Chevi and the many crew and sound folks who made everything so special for us. This band and tour has truly been one of the most remarkable musical experiences I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of. We travelled the spaceways!! We worked hard, kicked ass, played epic concerts, and enjoyed all the cool folks, amazing travel, wonderful food and wine that Spain & Italy offered us. I’ll be reflecting on this tour for sometime and looking forward to the next ones!! Next stop Berlin. (TM)