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Kyle Shepherd Trio Dream State CD Cape Town Launch

Kyle Shepherd Trio - Dream StateThe Cape Town launch concert of the Kyle Shepherd Trio’s Double Album ‘Dream State’ will happen on Friday 29 August 2014 at UCT’s SA College of Music.

The launch of ‘Dream State’ marks the 5-year Anniversary of Shepherd’s much-lauded Trio.

The concert, presented by fineART Music and generously sponsored by Ultra Event Technical Solutions and Dunstone Wines features Shepherd, the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award (SBYA) winner for Jazz and African News Network, ANN7’s 2014 Young South African of the Year Award Nominee, on piano, together with two of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians, namely, Shane Cooper – the 2013 SBYA recipient – on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums.

‘Dream State’, a 21-track double disc album of Shepherd’s original compositions, features Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums. The pre-eminent SA saxophonist, Buddy Wells, features on five of the tracks.

In this studio recording, the Trio, rather magnificently captures the fluidity, intensity and inventiveness of its live performances that has entranced audiences across South Africa and abroad. View the Official ‘Dream State’ EPK Video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtOj4D_ZUaw

In her review of the official launch concert held at the Wits Great Hall in Johannesburg on 26 July 2014, revered Jazz music journalist, author and historian, Gwen Ansell, wrote in Business Day that “Repeat listening to the same material on record underlines what a distinctive voice Shepherd now has. Those fragments of musical home that have always characterised his compositions and playing are still there; the reworkings, though, are often unexpected and subtle, emerging from a modern and personal pianism that isn’t in anybody’s shadow. Dream State joins an impressive 2014 list of albums of the year.”

In the album’s liner notes, renowned arts journalist, Percy Mabandu succinctly described the ethos of the trio in this way:

“There’s a palpable connectedness they share as players, a connection that also touches attuned audiences at their live performances too. This band is on a search for more than beautiful notes. They are asking more of the music. Its corporeal and ethereal aspects are invoked into the simultaneous sound ritual. Each performance takes on the nature of a meditation and as Zim Ngqawana said, ‘the music must lead us towards ourselves’. ”

‘Dream State’ which was recorded by Peter Auret at the Sumo Sound Recording Studio, mixed by Pål Svenre (Sweden) and mastered by Tim Lengfeld at TL Mastering, is the 27-year old pianist’s 4th Album. His previous critically acclaimed releases, ‘fineART’, ‘A Portrait of Home’ and South African History !X, have all garnered South African Music Award nominations.

Since the release of his debut album in 2009, Shepherd’s international career has advanced remarkably with performances, either as a solo pianist or trio, quartet and other formats in France, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Denmark, South Africa at The Cape Town International Jazz Festival and The Joy of Jazz Festival, Zimbabwe at The Harare International Festival – HIFA, China and India.

The twenty-seven year old virtuoso pianist will embark on a Solo Piano Tour of Japan in September 2014 which will include a performance at the prestigious Tokyo International Jazz Festival, Japan on Sunday, 07 September 2014; after which he heads for the USA with Kesivan & The Lights for a show at Carnegie Hall, New York on the 30th of October 2014. The Kyle Shepherd Trio is billed to play at The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Sandton, on 27 September 2014.

Copies of the new CD will be on sale at the launch concert and will be also be available at most major retail stores in South Africa and downloadable via all major digital platforms worldwide, during August 2014.


– Date: Friday, 29 August 2014
– Time: 20:30
– Duration: 80 min (one set only)
– Venue: UCT, SA College of Music (behind the Baxter Theatre), Lower Campus, off Woolsack Drive, Rondebosch, Cape Town.
– RESERVATIONS: Pre-Book & Pay Online at QUICKET and only pay R90.00*!
* Quicket adds a service fee of R3.90 to each ticket (capped at R10 per transaction)

OR To Book and Pay R100.00 entry fee in CASH at Door please visit the Booking Form at www.kyleshepherd.co.za/?page_id=614 OR Call 072 351 5204!

The event is also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/778287495527143

Bed On Bricks to open for Bastille’s SA tour

bed on bricksA first-class local line-up has been selected to perform alongside UK band Bastille in Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town and Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg.

Bed On Bricks will perform at both Cape Town and the Johannesburg concerts, while Beatenberg and Matthew Mole have been added to the Johannesburg line-up.

Bed On Bricks will be making their eagerly anticipated comeback after a three-year hiatus.

The band’s Dave van der Linden is particularly excited to be performing ahead of Bastille as he shares family ties with Bastille frontman Dan Smith. “It’s going to be amazing to play as Bed On Bricks again and to perform alongside my own family who are in Bastille. We would like to thank Nokia, 5FM and Seed Experiences for this amazing opportunity to celebrate 10 years together as a band,” says Van der Linden.

Bed on Bricks will release a 10-year celebration EP featuring three new tracks and seven remixes of their big hits ahead of the Bastille concerts.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Bastille – Kirstenbosch Gardens – SOLD OUT!

Friday, January 10, 2014
Bastille – Kirstenbosch Gardens – SOLD OUT!

Saturday, January 11, 2014
Bastille Support – Emmarentia – BUY TICKETS

More info at http://bedonbricks.co.za/

The Rescu on tour with Prime Circle

The RescuThis Summer, Cape Town Rock Trio THE RESCU, will be supporting Prime Circle on their “Evidence” album launch tour. Starting in Durban and making their way along the coast, the 3-piece will be performing songs from their current self-titled debut album, including hit singles “I Did it For you” and “Beautiful Life“, and the brand new unreleased single “Alright“.

When asked what the band is looking forward to most while touring with Prime Circle, front man and bassist, Mike Vaughan exclaims, “Firstly, few things come close to going on tour! We are going to pretty much drive across our beloved South Africa, arriving at venues where we get to showcase our stuff while supporting SA’s biggest rock outfit…what more can we say?”

Since the release of their self-titled debut album in August 2011, THE RESCU has embarked on an amazing musical journey which has seen them share the stage with International rock band, SWITCHFOOT, during their recent South African tour in August 2012.

Catch THE RESCU live on stage with PRIME CIRCLE on the following dates:

16th December: LIVE-the venue, Durban
17th December: Barnyard Theatre, Durban
19th December: Numbers, East London
20th December: Boardwalk Casino, Port Elizabeth
21st December: V.I.P, Plettenberg Bay
22nd December: Dunes, Cape Town (with Just Jinjer)
23rd December: Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town
28th December: Flamingo’s, Langebaan
29th December: Fancourt, George

Watch the music video for THE RESCU’s most recent single, “Beautiful Life”:


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Official website – http://www.therescu.com