Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Bandit65
Monday, January 6, 2020
8:00 PM
  • Performance

416 Green Street
Philadelphia, PA
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Program Info

$20 General Admission
21 & Over


Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Bandit65

  • Kurt Rosenwinkel – guitar
  • Tim Motzer – guitar
  • Gintas Janusonis – drums

Please join us for a performance by the electrifying trio Bandit65, featuring the otherworldly guitar tandem of Kurt Rosenwinkel and Tim Motzer, rounded out by drummer Gintas Janusonis.

Bandit65 is a mesmerizing post-jazz sonic trio of breathtaking virtuosity, great power, boundless breadth, and astounding beauty. The trio explores the intersection of guitars, rhythms, electronics, soundscapes, experimentalism, psych-rock, free improvisation, and telepathic interplay. On a wide-open canvas, Bandit65 searches and pushes the envelope live and discovers captivating, mind-blowing multidimensional landscapes of sound in their improvisations.

Beside being two of the most inventive and adventurous guitar wizards in modern music, Rosenwinkel and Motzer both boast deep Philadelphia roots: Rosenwinkel is a native who was a member of the miraculous CAPA class that also included Christian McBride, Joey DeFrancesco, and members of The Roots; and Motzer has long called the city home, using it as a base for his expansive sonic explorations and all-encompassing collaborations.

“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,” The London Financial Times wrote about a 2018 gig. “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.”

Rosenwinkel needs no introduction in jazz circles: one of the most influential musicians of his generation, he is a defining master, trailblazer, and preeminent international jazz guitarist-composer with a career spanning almost 25 years. With over 70 albums of credits, Motzer continues to traverse manifold territories in music and has developed a distinct textural guitar voice utilizing looping, bowing, electronics, and prepared techniques. Janusonis is a NYC-based, Grammy-nominated, internationally acclaimed drummer, composer, and producer who, over a 20+-year career, has worked with a diverse range of world-class artists, groups, and producers, including Angelique Kidjo, Branford Marsalis, Lee Scratch Perry, RZA, Wu-Tang Clan, Bill Laswell, David Murray, Bilal, and many more.

Cover: Bandit65 / Photo by Steve Belkowitz