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Guy Buttery and The Odeion String Quartet

Guy Buttery collaborates with the Odeion String Quartet in Durban.

The Guy Buttery and Odeion String Quartet collaboration concert took place on Monday, 3 October 2016 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre UKZN campus. A percentage of the profits raised was be donated to The Jes Foord Foundation who continues to work with rape survivors.

We may be a small organisation that can’t change the world but we work at changing one survivor’s life at a time. We are grateful to Guy Buttery, the Odeion String Quartet and the production team of UKZN’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre for hosting a musical evening to help us raise funds. The funds will go directly to one of our main projects, which is free trauma counselling for anyone who has been sexually assaulted.

‘The Foundation now offers counselling session in both English and isiZulu from our various centres in Kloof, Marianhill, St Augustine Hospital, Glenwood, Durban North and central Durban,’ Foord continues. ‘We have experienced an increase in the number of calls we are receiving from rape survivors seeking counselling which is saddening as The Foundation continues to work towards no rape, but also encouraging as rape survivors are finding their voice to speak out and this is the first step towards improving the current situation in our country regarding rape and sexual assault.’

Since 2011, renowned South African guitar player Guy Buttery has been working on a project that combines his virtuosic solo guitar playing and distinctly African musical voice with contemporary compositional techniques and arrangements combined with a String Quartet.

Based in Bloemfontein, The Odeion String Quartet is the ultimate “mini-orchestra”. Creating a myriad musical layers and colours, this collaboration stretches the possibilities of its known format and instrumentation. Performing a “best-of” of his collective works from the last 15 years along with brand-new compositions unique to this project, Buttery relooks at the guitar and string quartet presentation and catapults it to new heights.

The Odeion String Quartet comprises Samson Diamond on first violin; Sharon de Kock on second violin; Jeanne Louise Moolman on viola; and Anmari van der Westhuisen on cello performing with Guy Buttery on acoustic guitar and mbira.

For more information on Guy Buttery, please visit his website.


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