The internationally-renowned Kyle Shepherd Trio makes a rare concert appearance at the Reeler Theatre in Cape Town on Saturday, 25 February 2017.
fineART Music proudly presents The Kyle Shepherd Trio, one of South Africa’s most unique and adventurous music ensembles on the world modern Jazz scene today, Live in Concert at the intimate Reeler Theatre, Rondebosch Boys’ High School, Canigou Avenue, Rondebosch, Cape Town on Saturday, 25 February 2017, 8pm.
Featuring band leader Kyle Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums, this inventive Trio, who have been together for the past six years, have captivated audiences across the world with celebrated performances in Japan, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, China, South Africa, Mozambique and Botswana!
Concert-goers can expect another spellbinding performance from this magnificent Trio who will explore compositions from Shepherd’s rich and evocative repertoire of both recorded and new unreleased original compositions! “This is a true trio – intricately intertwining as they play Shepherd’s music; pensive and exhilarating by turns.” says Nigel Vermaas, respected South African Jazz presenter & producer.
During November 2016, Shepherd curated the 49th SWR NEWJazz Meeting 2016 in Germany. For this project entitled ‘Sound Portraits from Contemporary Africa’, The Kyle Shepherd Trio together with the internationally-renowned guitarist, Lionel Loueke [Benin / USA] and Mthunzi Mvubu [ZA] presented a critically-acclaimed 3-concert series. Earlier in 2016, the Trio embarked on a two-week, 8-concert performance Tour of Japan where they enthralled capacity audiences at Shikiori, in Miyawaka, Saikouji in Toyohashi, Kyoto Art Center in Kyoto, Anyouinn in Tokyo, Garaman Hall in Ginoza, Scarecrow in Ishigaki Island and Book Café Breathe in Miyako Island.
Their debut tour of Canada in 2015 included performances at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the Victoria International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
Other highlights include performances at the infamous Bird’s Eye Jazz Club (Switzerland), The Tianjin International Jazz Festival (China), The Gaborone International Music and Culture Week Festival (Botswana) and in South Africa, The Joy of Jazz Festival (South Africa), The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown (South Africa), The Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival (National Arts Festival), Grahamstown, The Mahikeng Jazz Festival (South Africa), The Orbit Jazz Club (South Africa), The Wits Great Hall (South Africa), and CCFM – The Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano (Mozambique).
Kyle Shepherd, arguably one of South Africa’s leading progressive pianists, composers and band leaders of his generation, is fast gaining international recognition for his distinctive compositional style and performances.
In his debut as a film composer, Shepherd composed the film score for the critically-acclaimed independent film, ‘Noem My Skollie’  which was South Africa’s official entry to the 2017 Academy Awards! The film, a moving crime drama set in Cape Town in the late 60s, written by John Fredericks and directed by Daryne Joshua, was released in September 2016! Shepherd’s music also features prominently in rising independent film-maker Nadine Cloete’s documentary, ‘Action Kommandant’, based on the untold story of the young South African revolutionary freedom fighter, Ashley Kriel.
The award-winning pianist, is a recipient of both the coveted ‘UNISA National Piano Competition Award  and the ‘Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year’ Award  in the Jazz Category.
The 29-year-old virtuoso pianist who has a well-established record of celebrated performances in South Africa, Europe, Asia (including Japan, India and China), Canada and the USA, has already released six critically acclaimed albums in his young career. The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack composed by Shepherd for the feature film ‘Noem My Skollie / Call Me Thief’ was released in November 2016. ‘Dream State’, a 21-track double album of his Trio released in 2014 which garnered nominations for both the 2015 South African Music Award [SAMA] and a 2015 Metro FM Music Award in the Jazz Category. His debut solo piano offering ‘Into Darkness’, recorded in Japan, was launched with a tour in the South-East Asian country in the same year  and included a performance at the prestigious Tokyo Jazz Festival. Previous releases ‘fineART ’, ‘A Portrait of Home’  & ‘South African History !X’ , also attracted SAMA nominations.