23-year-old jazz prodigy Roni Kaspi drops debut EP ‘PONI’

Through her freewheeling drum kit work, soulful vocals, and candid lyrics, Kaspi invites listeners on an auditory journey that defies genre conventions
14 May 2024

At just 23 years old, Roni Kaspi, already renowned for her jazz drumming prowess, has released her eclectic debut EP, PONI. Awarded ‘Best Jazz Drummer of the Year’ at the Drumeo Awards, Kaspi has swiftly ascended in the jazz scene since touring internationally with the Avishai Cohen Trio. With PONI, she boldly showcases her talents as a drummer, singer-songwriter, and producer.

PONI represents a daring exploration of musical boundaries, blending futuristic sounds with traditional jazz influences to create a sound that is uniquely Kaspi’s. Through her freewheeling drum kit work, soulful vocals, and candid lyrics, Kaspi invites listeners on an auditory journey that defies genre conventions. Drawing on a diverse range of influences from alt-pop to world music and electronica, Kaspi crafts an innovative and captivating soundscape.

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The lead single from the EP, Falling With You, epitomizes Kaspi’s ambition to break free from traditional norms. The track delves deep into themes of heartbreak and frustration, layered over Kaspi’s signature drumming and rich, shimmering synth lines. Falling With You blends jazz, soul, alt-pop, and psychedelic pop to offer a unique and poignant listening experience.

Kaspi’s journey in music began at the tender age of seven when she first picked up the drums. Under the mentorship of Grammy-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington at Berklee College of Music, Kaspi quickly distinguished herself in the jazz community. Her time with the Avishai Cohen Trio, contributing to their chart-topping album Shifting Sands, marked a significant chapter in her career, showcasing her exceptional talent on the global stage.

With a busy touring schedule across Europe and the US, Kaspi is not slowing down. The release of PONI starts a new chapter for this innovative musician, poised to captivate global audiences. Roni Kaspi is set to redefine jazz and pop music.

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