The renowned Kyle Shepherd Trio will perform in Cape Town ahead of their Japanese Tour.
Just one day before they embark on their highly anticipated Japanese Tour, The Kyle Shepherd Trio, one of South Africa’s most progressive Jazz Trios, performs at The Reeler Theatre at Rondebosch Boys’ High School, Canigou Avenue, Rondebosch, Cape Town on Thursday, 19 May 2016, 8pm.
Already a regular visitor to Japan, where he has performed mostly solo piano concerts, Shepherd is particularly thrilled that he’s able to tour there with his trio this time round. “After four solo tours – in as many years – to Japan, I’m very happy to be taking my trio to the country which is one of my favorite places in the world to perform in. A big thank you to my tour promoter, Seigo Matsunaga for organising the tour. I’m really looking forward to playing for the wonderful Japanese audiences again!” said Shepherd.
Featuring Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums, this inspiring and inventive Trio, who have been together for the past six years, have captivated audiences across South Africa, Canada, Switzerland, China, Mozambique and Botswana. Their debut tour of Canada in June 2015 included performances at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the Victoria International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. The Trio performs compositions from band leader, Kyle Shepherd’s rich and evocative repertoire of both recorded and new unreleased original compositions!
“This is a true trio – intricately intertwining as they play Shepherd’s music; pensive and exhilarating by turns.” – Nigel Vermaas, Jazz presenter & producer, South Africa.
Kyle Shepherd, arguably one of South Africa’s leading progressive pianists and composers of his generation, is fast gaining international recognition for his distinctive compositional style and performances.
The twenty-eight-year-old virtuoso pianist who has a well-established record of celebrated performances in South Africa, Europe, Asia, Canada and the USA has already released five (5) critically acclaimed albums in his young career. ‘Dream State’, a 21-track double album of his Trio released in 2014, garnered nominations for both the 2015 South African Music Award [SAMA] and a 2015 Metro FM Music Award in the Jazz Category. His debut solo piano offering ‘Into Darkness’, recorded in Japan, was launched with a tour in the South-East Asian country in the same year  and included a performance at the prestigious Tokyo Jazz Festival. Previous releases ‘fineART’, ‘A Portrait of Home’ & ‘South African History !X’, have also attracted SAMA nominations.
The award-winning Shepherd, recipient of both the coveted ‘UNISA National Piano Competition Award  and the ‘Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year’ Award  in the Jazz Category recently completed the music score for an independent film entitled ‘Noem My Skollie’. The film, a moving crime drama set in Cape Town in the late 60s, was written by John Fredericks and directed by Daryne Joshua. Shepherd’s music will also feature prominently in rising independent film-maker Nadine Cloete’s documentary ‘Action Kommandant’ which is based on the life of the South African liberation hero, Ashley Kriel. Both films are set for release later this year .
Date: Thursday, 19 May 2016
Venue: The Reeler Theatre, Rondebosch Boys’ High School, Canigou Avenue, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Entry Fee: R100.00. Students pay R 80:00. Cash at the door.