Reza Khota Quartet


Reza Khota was born in Johannesburg and was introduced to the guitar by his father in the 80’s.

He began his formal training with Jeremy Karodia at the age of ten, studying rock and classical guitar as well as chord theory. He later studied classical guitar and improvisation with Faizel Boorany, who fired his enthusiasm for experimental jazz, the classical avant-garde and progressive guitar music.

After enrolling for his B.mus degree at Wits University, he furthered his classical guitar studies under David Hewitt. During this time Reza received master-classes from Norwegian guitarist Vegard Lund and the Austrian crossover guitarist/composer Helmut Jasbar. He has been a recipient of several important awards, including numerous Samro bursaries and merit awards.

In 1998 Reza was awarded first prize in the National Classical Guitar Competition adjudicated amongst others by the renown Czech guitarist/composer Stepan Rak. He also received master-classes from the maestro during his visit to South Africa. Reza now holds a Masters degree with distinction from Wits University.

Reza is a guitarist with a distinct voice and performs with a musicality and technical facility that recalls the rich history of the instrument. He is equally comfortable performing composed and improvised music. The guitarist performs regularly at festivals such as the National Arts Festival and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. He was the composer and guitarist for the crossover Indo/Jazz band Babu. In 2008, Babu released their debut album Up Roots (nominated by the Mail and Guardian as one of the top 20 SA albums of the decade). The band was also nominated for two Sama awards and conducted a successful tour of South Africa funded by Mmino. In 2009 Babu also conducted a successful tour of Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and a year later in Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Madagascar.

Reza has also collaborated with people in the world of fine arts, most notably in performance pieces by William Kentridge and Nicholas Hlobo. He is a frequent collaborator in South Africa’s new Jazz scene and can be heard in bands such as: Kesivan and the Lights who played to a standing ovation at New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall in October 2014 as well as the Shane Cooper Quintet who’s album “Oscillations” received widespread praise from local and international press. In addition to being a sideman in these bands Reza has his own quartet featuring Jonno Sweetman, Shane Cooper and Buddy Wells and released there debut album: Transmutation in early 2014. The band have since released their second album: Liminal in 2018. Reza was an artist in residence in Bern, Switzerland from Oct - Dec 2013, and is currently an artist in residence at UWC’s Center for Humanities Research. He recently composed music inspired by the music of Toumani Diabate for classical guitar maestro John Williams.


Last Life in the Universe - Reza Khota (Jhb) Trio
Reza Khota (Jhb) Trio - Question & Answer by Pat Metheny
Event Horizon Gt Solo
My House is a Spaceship - An Improvisation on guitar and pedals by Reza Khota


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Spring Rounds - The Rite of Spring (Igor Stravinsky)Played by Reza Khota


Last Life in the Universe - Reza Khota (Jhb) Trio
Reza Khota (Jhb) Trio - Question & Answer by Pat Metheny
Event Horizon Gt Solo
My House is a Spaceship - An Improvisation on guitar and pedals by Reza Khota
Chase Bliss - Mood
Crepuscule with Nellie by Thelonius Monk
Up Roots - Outro
Sonata I - Presto (BWV 1001) J.S. Bach
Solo guitar excerpt of R.O.A.D by Mandla Mlangeni (TRC). Played by Reza Khota
Le Sacre Du Printemps - Spring Rounds by Igor Stravinsky
Reza Khota Quartet - Delhi Haze
Unearth - Guitar Solo
Reza Khota Quartet - Unearth
F.Y.W.L by Shannon Mowday
Derek Gripper & Reza Khota rehearsal
People You May Know
Dathini Mzayiya and Reza Khota - Improvisation No.3
Voodoo Child - (Jimi Hendrix) played by the Reza Khota Quartet
Sci-Fi Ending
Reza Khota Quartet - Diamond Mind
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