This is a rare opportunity to see the Trio, with Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper on double bass & Jonno Sweetman on drums, ‘LIVE’ in Cape Town at UCT - SA College of Music, Rondebosch, ahead of Shepherd’s tour to Europe where he will be performing the world premiere of his Festival d’Automne à Paris-commisioned compositional work, Xamissa - ‘Place of Sweet Waters’, at the prestigious Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris on 25 September 2013. This will be followed by another festival performance at L’Onde Théâtre et Centre d’art, Vélizy-Villacoublay on 27 September 2013 after which the young virtuosic pianist heads for Germany for a solo piano concert at the infamous Hallenbad Kultur Am Schactweg , Wolfsburg.
Shepherd has released three critically acclaimed South African Music Award-nominated albums, namely ‘fineART’, ‘A Portrait of Home’ and ‘South African History !X’. His debut solo piano album, recorded in Japan, will be launched in the East- Asian country during October 2013.
“… this is no antiseptic chopsfest: it is music of genuine passion, meditative and stately but always emotionally engaged. It has groove at its very core, with hummable, stripped back melodies on top – and not just in the “head” sections that traditionally top and tail jazz arrangements.” Marcus O’Dair | The Arts Desk UK
“This is improvisation as a search for freedom, “freedom from”, yes, but also “freedom to”, a key to unlock the doors of music making in the future”. Miles Keylock | Editor-in-Chief, Rolling Stone Magazine, South Africa
“Shepherd, a Cape Town native who will turn 26 this summer, plays piano with old-soul authority and composes rich, evocative music. He’s very much grounded in the myriad and compelling sounds of his homeland, but there’s a personal stamp on his art and an awareness of jazz beyond South Africa to it too. The latter adds dimension but never overtakes the music’s beautiful and powerful sense of rootedness.” Peter Hum | Jazzblog.ca Canada
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Show Duration: 2 x 45 minute sets, with a 20 minute intermission
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