Ariel Zamonsky is an Argentinean born bass player who relocated to South Africa in 2005, and where he finished high school and completed his studies in Jazz and Popular music at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).
In 2012 he had a regular gig for seven months backing Standard Bank Jazz award winner, pianist Andile Yenana. That same year he started playing upright bass.
Since then he’s played with some of South Africa´s greatest jazz musicians such as Ayanda Sikade, Kesivan Naidoo, Buddy Wells, Andre Petersen, Marcus Wyatt, Pops Mohamed, Afrika Mhkize, Feya Faku, Sidney Mavundla, Andile Yenana, Louis Moholo, Nduduzo Makhathini, Project Elo, Amanda freedom ensemble, amongst others.
He’s also played with Afrika Mhkize’s big band tribute to Bheki Mseleku, The Zoolake bowling club big band and The Orbit Big Band.
His touring Includes South African jazz festivals: Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, National Arts Festival Grahamstown Jazz festival, HIFA (Zimbabwe), Jazz at the Lake, Eldos Jazz Festival, Music Festivals: cities like Port Elizabeth, Durban, East London and Cape Town, and also southern African countries like Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mauritius and Mozambique.
In 2015 he participated in the African operetta, Song of Nongoma at the Soweto
Recorded on SAMA best jazz album nominee Mother Tongue by Nduduzo Makhathini.