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Bokani Dyer Trio @ Fundação Fernando Leite Couto [Workshop]
23 June 2017 @ 2:30 am - 4:00 pm
TOP JAZZ PIANIST BOKANI DYER TAKES HIS TRIO ON TOUR
In association with Concerts SA, multi-award winning Motswana-South African pianist, composer and producer Bokani Dyer will be on tour with his Trio in June, performing for the very first time in this configuration in Durban, Bloemfontein and across the border in Maputo.
Bokani Dyer is known and respected for his creative, sensitive compositions and playing, which have garnered him a fanbase across the world, and see him collaborate regularly with musical luminaries from SA and abroad. The Bokani Dyer Trio was selected to perform at the prestigious Jazzahead showcase in Bremen, Germany in 2016, and as a result have been invited to perform in a highly coveted slot at the Musiques en Ete festival in Geneva, Switzerland at the end of July 2017. Dyer was also a featured solo artist as part of the opening of the SA/Russia Seasons in late 2016, playing to audiences in Moscow and St Petersburg, and recently added Kenya to his list of international performances, after playing with the Trio to a capacity crowd at the Safaricom Jazz Festival in Nairobi.
Based in Johannesburg, the Trio features Sonor endorsee Sphelelo Mazibuko on the drums, and a feminine touch with the in demand Romy Brauteseth on the double bass. For the Maputo leg of the tour, Marlon Witbooi will be holding the drum sticks. The Bokani Dyer Trio performs their distinctive South African jazz regularly in Gauteng and recently performed in Cape Town as one of the featured artists at the South African Jazz Educators Festival. They are looking forward to their Concerts SA tour which will see them perform for the first time in four venues. Says Dyer, “It is always a pleasure to play a new venue, or a new town. I’m really looking forward to sharing our music with new audiences, particularly the new material from the upcoming Trio album.”
Dyer has recorded three jazz albums under his own name. His debut album, Mirrors (2010), launched the style and artistic trajectory he continues to pursue. Emancipate the Story (2011), was recorded during his time as Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year, as part of the award, and continued his musical journey, exploring the tradition and furthering the contemporary landscape of SA jazz through his compositions. His most recent offering, World Music (2015), was received with much respect and acclaim from both the SA and international music worlds, and nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2016 South African Music Awards.
The Concerts SA Bokani Dyer Trio tour has been put together by Nikki Froneman of Arte Viva Management who says “It is very exciting to be expanding our touring circuit, working for the first time both with regular Concerts SA host venues such as The Chairman in Durban, and brand new partners such as the Bloemfontein Jazz Evenings and the Jazz Leisure Sessions in Maputo.”
The tour launches on Thursday 1 June at The Chairman in Durban before moving inland for a night at Coco C in Bloemfontein on Saturday 3 June, with supporting act the Andile Qongqo Trio. The Trio then heads up to Mozambique on Friday 23 June for a concert at the Fundação Fernando Leite Couto, followed by a performance at the Jazz Leisure Sessions on Saturday 24 June. The Trio will present workshops in all tour cities as well – interested musicians can email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to book.
Bokani Dyer Trio’s KZN, Free State & Maputo 2017 Tour is supported by Concerts SA through the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours.