South African Jazz & Classical Encounters Festival Launched

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The inaugural South African Jazz & Classical Encounters Festival @Spier featuring some of the best South African jazz and classical artists in a blaze of contemporary music, takes place on November 23, 2019.

Kyle Shepherd Trio (Photp by Gregory Franz, edited by Brandan Reynolds)
Kyle Shepherd Trio (Photp by Gregory Franz, edited by Brandan Reynolds)

The one-day festival begins at 14:00 and will see jazz and classical icons alternate on stage for the next seven hours.  The line-up allows for refreshment and food breaks, and a chance to absorb the atmosphere of the beautiful Spier Wine Farm. The show will open with the Kyle Shepherd Trio with Shepherd (piano), Shane Cooper (double bass) and Jonno Sweetman (drums), followed by classical composers-performers Reza Khota, Brydon Bolton, Matthijs van Dijk and Cara Stacey of the Night Light Collective and Mandla Mlangeni’s Tune Recreation Committee (Clement Benny/drums, Nicholas Williams/bass, Reza Khota/guitar, Mandla Mlangeni/  trumpet and Afrika Mkhize/ piano and keyboard).  Next up will be violist Jan-Hendrik Harley’s Ensemble Je ne Comprends Pas and bringing the show to an end will be trumpeter/vocalist Mandisi Dyantyis and his Quintet.

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Says co-producer Aymeric Péguillan of Pegs Music Project, “This festival blending jazz and classical music is an idea whose time has come.  Works to be played include compositions by the musicians themselves.”

Péguillan, who is co-producer with Eastern Acoustics, says  “our concept enables audiences to get immersed into, and appreciate, two musical art forms that uniquely inform our South African identity.”

The amphitheatre at Spier provides the ideal venue for the showcase with several outlets for casual dining, or pre-booked picnics.

The schedule:

(Doors open at 13:00)

  • 14:00 pm to 15:00 pm – Kyle Shepherd Trio
  • 15:15 to 16:15 pm – The Night Light Collective
  • 16:45 to 17:45 – Mandla Mlangeni’s Tune Recreation Committee
  • 18:00 to 19:00 Jan-Hendrik Harley Ensemble Je ne Comprends Pas
  • 19 :45 to 20:45 Mandisi Dyantyis Quintet

Tickets are R380 and available from Quicket here.

The early bird special of a R40 discount runs until September 18. More information https://web.facebook.com/jazzandclassicalencountersspier/

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