Latinfluence duo to perform at NMU

2017-10-11 06:01
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THE Nelson Mandela University Music Department will host the jazz piano and flamenco guitar duo Latinfluence in a concert today.

The duo, featuring Demi Fernandez on guitar and Neil Gonsalves on piano, will perform selections from their self-titled debut release.

It includes original compositions and their arrangements of classic Brazilian repertoire and styles from the broader Latin diaspora such as flamenco, tango and salsa.

The programme will also include newer original compositions which sees a fusing of South African jazz with all of the above.

Fernandez and Gonsalves are colleagues at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and have performed at the Hilton Arts Festival, the UNISA concert series in Pretoria and most recently at the Centro Cultural Franco Mozambicano (CCFM) in Maputo.

In the 1990s, Fernandez took up guitar teaching responsibilities at Technikon Natal, the University of Durban Westville and the University of Natal until he was employed full-time at Technikon Natal.

Gonsalves is currently the director for the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at UKZN where he oversees the concert programming.

The Latinfluence performance will take place today in the NMU South Campus Auditorium at 7:30pm. – REPORTER

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