ARIEL Zamonsky is in residence at Afrikan Freedom Station, 41 5th Avenue, Westdene, Johannesburg, at 8 pm on April 28. Tickets are R50.
“I started playing electric bass at the age of thirteen,” he said. “My grandfather was a bass player and I was named after him. In 2005 I moved to South Africa from Argentina after finishing high school and I went to study jazz in Pretoria, at TuTs.
“Some years ago, while playing with master pianist Andile Yenana, I decided to switch to double bass. It was a rather difficult task but it allowed me to play with even more people.
“Over the last few years, I have been blessed to share music with great musicians, from whom I’ve learned so much and enjoyed playing their music. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to play with them.
“The music we will play is a mix between me contemplating my roots, exploring traditional Argentinian music, and a tribute to the South African music which I have been privileged to be a part of.”
The band line up is Ariel Zamonsky (contrebasse), Yonela Mnana (piano), Juana Pires Rafael (vocals), Tumi Mogorosi (drums) and Marcus Wyatt (trumpet and flugelhorn).