Simon Thacker’s Ritmata performs new music by the visionary guitar virtuoso, distilling the essence of his pioneering intercultural musical experiences and lifelong absorption in some of the most powerful sounds from across continents and epochs. One of the UK’s most accomplished musical figures, Simon Thacker is a composer, classical guitarist and ensemble leader whose ever expanding world draws on a deep immersion in diverse cultures. Featuring soul stirring improvisation and a directly emotive compositional style, Simon leads a stellar lineup of some of the UK’s finest musicians, consisting of Paul Harrison (piano), Mario Caribe (bass) and Stu Brown (drums/percussion).
Simon’s compositions for Ritmata source musical inspiration from every corner of the globe. As a group, they flit expertly between Middle-Eastern intensity, 13th century Spanish miracle songs, Native American affirmation, the limitless expression of Indian ragas, pulsating rhythms from East Africa, the unbridled emotions of flamenco and the celebrations of Sephardic Judaism. www.simonthacker.com