Cape Town-based guitarist, composer, and educator Bruce Muirhead has established himself as one of the most influential voices in South Africa's revitalized jazz scene. As a bandleader, a featured guitarist in the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, and first-call collaborator and sideman, Muirhead has performed with some of South Africa's most remarkable artists today.
Muirhead's primary ensemble, the highly acclaimed Muirhead Quartet, showcases him in collaboration with some of South Africa's strongest talents: saxophonist Mark Fransman, bassist Shaun Johanness, and drummer Heinrich Goosen. Forming in 2007 to hold a two-year residency at a Cape Town venue, the quartet quickly entered fresh music territory, juxtaposing jazz, funk, and rock with a variety of African folk styles in a harmonically creative setting.
In 2010, Muirhead released his debut album as a leader, All or Nothing, to extraordinary critical acclaim. A double album, All or Nothing showcases a strikingly mature guitar talent and a gifted composer capable of integrating a wide range of traditional Southern African musical styles into Western genres.
As an educator, Muirhead has conducted a wide range of guitar and composition workshops throughout South Africa. Along with collaborator Mark Fransman, Muirhead has made a particular point of exposing underserved communities to South Africa's musical heritage, and to making music available and accessible to all who are interested.
In addition to his extensive performance and teaching work, Muirhead is a sought-after composer, and has received commissions from a variety of public and private organizations, including the South African Government. He received his own training at the University of Cape Town, graduating cum laude with a degree in jazz performance, and at Pretoria Technikon, earning a diploma cum laude.
"All or Nothing"
The Muirhead Quartet
Bruce Muirhead - guitar
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