KYLE SHEPHERD TRIO w/ MARK FRANSMAN [ZA]
(Published: November 22, 2011)
The Kyle Shepherd Trio with Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper on double & Jonno Sweetman on drums Plus Special Guest Mark Fransman on horns perform Live In Concert on SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2011 at The South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Shepherd, who has just returned from a very successful Dutch Tour with the highly acclaimed ‘hiphopera', AFRIKAAPS, leaves South African shores again at the end of November 2011 for a series of Trio performances in Japan!
Shepherd, who is widely recognized as being one of South Africa's most influential artists and composers is set to announce the release of his third album shortly. This follows the release of two critically acclaimed Albums namely, ‘fineART' (2009) and ‘LIVE' Trio Album ‘A Portrait of Home' (2010) both of which earned him SAMA (South African Music Award) nominations; ‘fineART' for ‘Best Traditional Jazz Album' and ‘Best Newcomer' and in April 2011, ‘A Portrait of Home' for ‘Best Traditional Jazz Album'.
In his review of the Trio album, international music critic, Marcus O'Dair | The Arts Desk UK, commends the work of the Trio. "A Portrait Of Home sees Shepherd, together with Shane Cooper on double bass and drummer Jonno Sweetman, creating music of subtle yet tremendous power. Though the technique of all three is undeniable, this is no antiseptic chopsfest: it is music of genuine passion, meditative and stately but always emotionally engaged. It has groove at its very core, with hummable, stripped back melodies on top - and not just in the "head" sections that traditionally top and tail jazz arrangements."
Shepherd's ensembles have performed nationally and internationally.
Notable performance credits include The Bird's Eye Jazz Club (Switzerland) in 2010, the 2010 Århus Jazz Festival (Denmark), the 2010 Riverboat Jazz Festival (Denmark), the 2010 Joy of Jazz Festival, the 2010 Pan African Space Station and the 2009 Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
More Information: http://www.kyleshepherd.co.za