Ariel Zamonsky

Fusion of Argentinian and South African Jazz

ARIEL ZAMONSKY is an Argentinian bass player who started studying music at the age of 13. He has an interesting background and to this day features in various recordings, including three SAMA best jazz album awards nominated: Makhathini’s “Mother Tongue”, Mlangeni’s “Bhekhisiswe” and Mavundla’s “Luhambo”.

Poster for Ariel ZamonskyIn 2005, at the age of 17 years old, Ariel relocated to South Africa where he completed his Jazz studies at Tshwane University of Technology (T.U.T). There, he met fellow musicians such as Tumi Mogorosi, Sibusile Xaba and Nhlanhla Mahlangu.

In 2011 he had a residency backing pianist Andile Yenana, who mentored him. That year, he started playing upright bass and got to play with some of South Africa’s greatest jazz musicians: Afrika Mkhize, Nduduzo Makhathini, Ayanda Sikade, Marcus Wyatt and Feya Faku amongst others.

Ariel features on U.K saxophonist Shabaka Hutching’s album “Wisdom of Elders”. In 2017, with the same band (Shabaka and the ancestors) he toured three times in Europe and North America performing more than 60 times. They played major Jazz festivals including Montreaux, Montreal, North Sea, Saratoga, Jazz a Juan, New York Winter, Afropunk, jazz a Vienne, amongst others.

In collaboration with Juana Pires Rafael he started a new project in 2016, exploring the musical connection between African and South American traditional Rhythms.

These studies had a big impact in his own compositions, some of them are present on Zamonsky’s debut album “Between Two Worlds”, recorded in 2017 and released in 2018 with the support of the Argentinian ministry of culture.

Catch Ariel Zamonsky at the Muizenberg Jazz Festival – 20h00 on Saturday 17th November