The Ryan Calder Band at the MMC

2010-03-05 00:00

THE Ryan Calder Band (RCB) is next up at the Maritzburg Musicians Club, which takes place on March 9, hosted at the Red Door.

The band has planned an intimate evening, where RCB drummer ­Rudi Engelbrecht and bassist Roberto Hemmero will be performing never-heard-before new songs from the band’s soon-to-be-released second album, On The Edge.

The RCB enjoyed a great run last year in its home province, KwaZulu-Natal, with sold-out shows in Pietermaritzburg and Durban, and plenty of positive feedback. Front man and songwriter Calder’s philosophy is that the band’s show and the music should leave an audience feeling a little easier about life and all the challenges it offers.

The band travels down to Cape Town in April, performing a seven-show tour to promote the album, and will be sharing the stage with the likes of Plush and other popular Cape Town acts. They will also be bringing a new multimedia show to KZN audiences in April.

This Tuesday’s performance, however, is a rare opportunity to get an inside look at the new songs, their inspiration and enjoy some old favourites as well.

John Roff is the support act for the evening. His music is performed on a range of world instruments, and he tells stories about the instruments, what they’re made of and where they come from.

Expect to see, hear and even learn about a strange and fascinating variety of musical treats, from Native American flute to isitolotolo, shakuhachi, kalimba, mbira, chalumeau and more. Roff welcomes participation and discussion, so if you have a question, an interesting instrument, a rhythm … take it along.

• Splashy Fen — for those wanting to get discounted tickets for this year’s Splashy Fen, the Maritzburg Musicians’ Club has an exclusive offer on Tuesday night. They will be selling tickets for only R350, which are by far the cheapest tickets available.

• Visit www.ryancalder.co.za and download the first single, Alive, from the new album On The Edge for free.

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