Celebrate 20 years of Trains To Taung at Sophiatown Jazz Encounters


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Paul Hanmer - Trains To Taung
Paul Hanmer – Trains To Taung

We celebrate 20 years of this landmark release of Trains to Taung, an important piece of music in the South African Jazz songbook.

Born in Cape Town in 1961, Paul Hanmer began classical piano and theory lessons in 1970. After a brief period as a student at the University of Cape Town, Hanmer left to work with guitarist Paul Petersen.

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In 1987 Hanmer moved to Johannesburg where he was influenced by bands such as Sakhile and Bayete. Later Hanmer formed Unofficial Language with Ian Herman (percussion and drums) and Peter Sklair (electric bass). The trio recorded their first album “Primal Steps” in 1994 and a second album, “Move Moves” in 1996.

Paul Hanmer
Paul Hanmer

“The Essential Paul Hanmer” (2008) is a compilation of the above-mentioned albums.

Hanmer has recorded with Tananas, Miriam Makeba, Ray Phiri, McCoy Mrubata and Pops Mohamed and formed part of Tony Cox’s ‘Cool Friction Band’. In 1999, he performed and recorded with Sheer All Stars, and produced Gloria Bosman’s debut album, “Tranquility”.

Hanmer has also written a string quartet for the Sontonga Quartet and a Clarinet quintet for Robert Pickup (Zurich Opera). In addition, he has composed a suite of duets for double bass and cello for Leon Bosch (Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields).

Renowned jazz journalist and writer Gwen Ansell will facilitate a discussion around Paul Hanmer with Kevin Stuart – formerly Sheer Sound, Brad Holmes – formerly owner and MD of Bassline and Andre Abrahamse – one of two bassists featured on Trains to Taung.

Tickets for September are R150 and R160 at the door and R750 for a group of 6 people. We provide glasses and ice – with supervised street parking, bring your own snacks and drinks.

To book your ticket call: 083 550 7130 / 011 477 3490, or e-mail: rinkie@sophiatownthemix.com for more information.

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