Renowned South African Jazz pianist and composer, Kyle Shepherd is the curator of the 49th SWR NEWJazz Meeting 2016 in Germany.
For this exciting project entitled ‘Sound Portraits from Contemporary Africa’, Shepherd, together with four of South Africa’s most progressive young Jazz musicians meet up with the internationally acclaimed guitarist, Lionel Loueke [Benin / USA] to explore new dimensions of Jazz from an African perspective.
“It’s an incredible honour. I mean this is the 49th edition – and if I think of some of the names of artists that have curated the NEWJazz meeting in the past, I feel very humbled to be on that list.” said Shepherd, for whom the opportunity of performing with Loueke has been a life-long dream.
The band features Kyle Shepherd on piano, Lionel Loueke on guitar and vocals, Mthunzi Mvubu on saxophone, Shane Cooper on bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums and percussion.
The prestigious NEWJazz Meeting programme comprises four days’ rehearsals in the broadcasting studios of the Südwestrundfunk which is followed by a concert tour in the broadcasting area on the following dates:
- Friday, 25 November 2016, 20:00 – Alte Feuerwache Mannheim
- Saturday, 26 November 2016, 20:30 – Sudhaus Tübingen
- Sunday, 27 November 2016, 19:30 – Tollhaus Karlsruhe