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 May 2017 Tour Dates

We are looking forward to seeing you over the next few weeks in Belgium, Spain, Austria, and Germany. Here’s our dates:

May 2017
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

Be sure to say hi!!

Scandanavia Tour February 2017

Bandit65 (Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tim Motzer, Gintas Janusonis) rocked Scandinavia last week with packed and soldout shows in Helsinki, Stockholm, Gøteborg, and two nights in Copenhagen! Yes we did! Bravo!! We all had such a blast on this tour! In Helsinki we had the added pleasure and honour to play with trumpeter Tim Hagans!