With musical influences from Africa, India and Scandinavia, this quartet combines traditional rhythms and contemporary harmonies to produce a richly textured acoustic world beat that crosses genres, borders and time signatures.
Ancient Agents invite you on a musical journey that bridges cultures, combining grooves from north India and the Middle East with Afro beats and polyrhythms – ancient sounds telling a modern tale.
Four multi-instrumentalists: – an innovative lead guitarist, a melody-driven bassist and two intuitive, dexterous percussionists. Each band member brings with him a distinct sound, an impressive performance history and international experience.
Reza Khota - Guitar
Reza’s strings produce a crossover between east and west, with influences of jazz and classical. He’s worked with South Africas finest musicians, among them Louis Moholo, Kesivan Naidoo, Shane Cooper and Buddy Wells. In addition to playing widely around Africa, he has performed in Switzerland, Norway, Canada and Carnegie Hall - New York.
Fredrik Gille - Cajon, Frame Drum, Percussion
Fredrik has collected and mastered a variety of percussion instruments from all over the world, with Middle Eastern drumming being his expertise – riq, frame drum, cajon. His sound is influenced by Arabic rhythms and Spanish music.
Ronan Skillen - Tabla, Percussion, Didgeridoo
Ronan is inspired by the aesthetic of record label ECM, and music from Mali to Memphis and Mumbai. His flair for improvisation began with the didgeridoo, and his later schooling in Indian classical music and wide palette of textural percussive sounds combine to create a rich soundscape, incorporating tabla and hybrid percussion kit.
Schalk Joubert - Bass
One of SA’s busiest session musicians, bassist Schalk Joubert (SA) is a product of his cultural heritage. He is able to articulate South African melodies, West African grooves and harmony in the European tradition to produce a cohesive, melodic sound.