The event: TONES OF NOTE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS RUS NERWICH AND THE COLLECTIVE IMAGINATION: ONCE-OFF CONCERT AT THE SABC AUDITORIUM SEA POINT, 18 June 2009
The musicians:The Collective Imagination featuring Rus Nerwich on Saxophone Lee Thomson – Trumpet Ross McDonald – Trombone Mark Fransman – Piano Dave Ledbetter – Guitar Wesley Rustin – Bass Kevin Gibson – Drums Ronan Skillen on Tabla and Percussion
All I have to say, guys, You Are World Class. I am so glad I was there. What a concert, bring on the next one...
The elders of jazz in South Africa, do not need to worry. The music are in good hands. These guys are really carrying the torch.
This is a comment from Carol Martin:
Rus Nerwich's "Mantras for Modern Man " concert at SABC Auditorium, Sea Point, on 18 June 2009 should have been a 'two-evening' showcase of his rich, moving, and applaudable compilations of Jewish concentration camp songs. This evening featured another dynamic of instruments - namely the electric guitar and tabla to give that Middle Eastern improvised sound - which were not heard on his equally moving studio-produced 'Beyond the Walls'. Rus has an uncanny method of mixing the sad, shocking, and cynical moods of such songs to reflect a hardship and a joy of surviving that the displaced Jews experienced. As a result, the evening was indeed 'heavy', and I could have split the sound experience into two (eves)..... Bravo for wonderful performances from the Tones-of-Note Man !!
Kyle Shepherd, one of South Africa’s most accomplished jazz pianists, will be performing his original compositions in a Solo Piano Concert.
BOOKINGS essential - to book seats online, click here
Shepherd’s Debut Album 'fineART' which was released in January 2009 has been highly acclaimed by respected Jazz critics and discerning listeners alike.
"(his compositions) unashamedly display his cultural music traditions, drawing on the unique rhythms, harmonies, and melodic devices of what Kyle calls “music from home”. Carol Martin (SAJE - South African Association for Jazz Education).
"It’s this ‘Proudly South African’ tradition that audiences can expect to hear" ... "which sees the multi-instrumentalist navigate an impressionistic collage of South African jazz sounds, from slam poetic minimalist re-imaginings of Afrikaans volksliedjies and Muslim calls to prayer, to goema groove deconstructions, tributes to Abdullah Ibrahim, Ngqawana’s philosophy of “Zimology” and more that, as the doyen of South African jazz scribes Gwen Ansell pointed out in Business Day recently: “live in the jazz world but are never imprisoned by it”. Miles Keylock (Mail & Guardian)
“Shepherd’s jagged edges and questioning dissonances sound far more like Ibrahim at the start of his career than his magisterial solemnity. The young player’s plaintive little minor-key segues into fragments of musical fragments represent a sonic collage of his city, much as pianist Robert Glasper’s sounds (also heard this year in Cape Town) collage the jazz history and hip-hop present of New York. ”Gwen Ansell (Business Day / The Weekender)
The 11th Encounters South African International Documenatry Festival 2009 is happening from 2 – 19 July 2009 at the Nu Metro cinemas, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
"Encounters International Documentary Festival has become a pivotal event in the South African film calendar. The 2009 programme of over 40 films combines the work of a host of top international and local filmmakers. A record 14 South African films, made by the best and the brightest local filmmaking talent, make their World débuts, and another two have their South African Premières at Encounters.
For the past 11 years Encounters was the first platform to showcase major feature documentary films .Since its inception Encounters has screened over 1,241 films - 270 International titles and 130 South African titles - and has commissioned 44 films, with record attendance figures to date of 98,612.
This year there is an array of international work from Afghanistan, UK, USA, Canada, Cuba, Senegal, France, Egypt, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Cameroon and Belgium."
Since making a switch to jazz, guitarist, John Russell, does not have to look back on this decision. It his case, it was a good one. Here are some some John's gigs for June 2009. Go check it out, you will not be disappointed.
The John Russell Trio featuring Erin Clark, vocals, and the acclaimed Basil Moses on upright bass are performing swing and Latin Jazz classics. Venue: Signal Restaurant at the Cape Grace When: Every Thursday from 19h30. For bookings call Cape Grace on 021 401 7080.
This Fathers Day with the John Russell Trio featuring Erin Clark, vocals, and the acclaimed Basil Moses on upright bass. Venue: Signal Restaurant at the Cape Grace When: Sunday 21 June form 12:30 For bookings call Cape Grace on 021 401 7080.
This Fathers Day with the John Russell Trio featuring Erin Clark, vocals, and the acclaimed Basil Moses on upright bass. Venue: Cafe Sofia, Camps Bay[above Pick n Pay] When: Saturday 27 June from 10:00am. More info call Cafe Sophia 021 438 3660.
This Fathers Day with the John Russell Trio featuring Erin Clark, vocals, and the acclaimed Basil Moses on upright bass. Great food, great atmosphere! Venue:Fogeys Railway House[above Muizenberg Station]. When: Sunday 28 June from 13h00 For more info call Fogeys 021 788 3252
On Friday 12th June 2009, Southeaster Productions in association with Tagore’s in Obs will endeavour to instil a new spirit into Cape Town’s music scene with its first, of a series of concerts at the Nico Malan Recreational Hall in Observatory, featuring 3 live bands and a Jazz DJ.
Our aim is to present World Music and Jazz of an exceptional quality from a broad musical spectrum, to an audience that enjoys good music and a good party. As we progress each event will see music of varying styles being presented at various venues around the City. These concerts will be a showcase of Cape Town’s vibrant musical repute and an exciting introduction to our sizzling Winter Concert series.
Whipping up a storm will be the following live acts:
Masidlale Jazz Quartet, featuring Lwanda Gogwana, Nic Williams, Thandi Ntuli and Angus Warden
Robbie Jansen Band – a Goema Jazz Band featuring Robbie Jansen, Allou April, Ivan Bell and Jonathan Robain.
Loading Zone, a 7 piece Jazz Funk dance outfit and ending with a jazz groove DJ spinning, cutting edge music to keep the dance floor HOT!
This concert will be hosted by Benedict Peters of Fine Music Radio
Doors open at 7pm till late
Full Bar, Footstalls, Dance Floor and Secure Parking
For further information please call: Jai 0824427922 or visit Tagore’s, 42 Trill Road, Obs.
TONES OF NOTE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS RUS NERWICH AND THE COLLECTIVE IMAGINATION: ONCE-OFF CONCERT AT THE SABC AUDITORIUM SEA POINT
Rus Nerwich and Tones of Note Productions are proud to present a one-night only concert at the SABC Auditorium 209 Beach Road Seapoint, Cape Town. Nerwich and The Collective Imagination will be performing compositions from three previous album releases, namely Mantras for Modern Man and Beyond the Walls as well as newly composed works written specially for this occasion.
The Collective Imagination features an all-star line-up: Rus Nerwich on Saxophone Lee Thomson – Trumpet Ross McDonald – Trombone Mark Fransman – Piano Dave Ledbetter – Guitar Wesley Rustin – Bass Kevin Gibson – Drums Ronan Skillen on Tabla and Percussion
Nerwich’s Mantras for Modern Man and Beyond the Walls will be featured. Mantras is an eclectic fusion of world music, jazz, and Nerwich’s semitic traditional influences, coming together in an enigmatic sound, that is inspiring, transporting and esoteric in nature. The concert will also feature music from Nerwich’s critically acclaimed album, Beyond the Walls; a historical recording exploring music written in the ghettos of wartime Europe. The album was recognised as one of the most significant and original projects to have come out of the South African music landscape in recent years.
After the recent release of Under the Poetree, a fusion of Jazz, hip-hop and soul, which garnered Nerwich two SAMA award nominations, this performance repositions Nerwich as one of the most innovative and prolific musicians in the country, continuing to delve into the more serious and adventurous dimensions of his musical persona.
The concert takes place at 19h30 on June 18 at the SABC Auditorium, 209 Beach Road, Sea Point. A R50 ticket price is payable at the door. Specially commissioned Double CD packs of Mantras for Modern Man can be bought for R100 at the event. For pre-booked tickets, please contact:
"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..." Thelonious Monk
"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..."Thelonious Monk