In Jonas Ruther’s world you’re always just a beat away from the magic of a Wong Kar Wai flick, where the mundane somehow turns into the transcendent or a passage lifted from an early Murakami novel slowly winds itself around something mysterious, fleeting and wholly incomprehensible. To him, drumming is not really about mere time-keeping nor the cold mechanics of groove. These things are a given! A part of the craft. What he’s after are the intangibles. Like the notion that subtle energies exist, that they can be tapped into, harnessed and transmitted musically. Or that there is a point where music becomes seamless and supersedes its compositional elements. That the gap between the players and the listener can, and should, fully dissolve. Synergy. Flow. He describes the affect of his playing as the equivalent of a deep Pu’er tea, where the most important element of the experience is not really a factor of the senses. The Chinese call it hui-gan, or returning sweetness, the subtle, lingering, bodily sensation that you are left with after you've finished your drink.   
by Lukasz Polowczyk
Ruther, drums (*1987, Zürich), works as a freelance musician with his duo HELY as well as with many other projects such as The Jazz Trio, Quiet Tree, Gangart, Raphael Jost, JENNYAnno della Valanga and Straymonk.
contact: post(at)jonasruther.ch
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