Electronica-house concert with a twist

2011-12-09 00:00

“IT was both fluid and it was a challenge,” reflects Brendan Jury, on his collaboration with Black Coffee in assembling an orchestra with the electronica giant’s music. “His music is very interesting and sophisticated. There are a lot of rhythmic subtleties, and the music itself is very moody so it lends itself to strings and an orchestra.”

It’s an intriguing idea to think that Black Coffee will perform tunes from his AfricaRising to 25 000 people at Moses Mabhida Stadium with a 24-piece orchestra, but nevertheless, that’s what’s going down. It’s all part of the Vodacom Unlimited Experience on December 16, an epic 12-hour house-music party.

“He’ll still be doing what he does,” says Jury. “It’s going to be a big sound. The orchestra, a band and his singers and various percussionists.”

Black Coffee, along with Spiritchaser and fellow acts Rocco and Ralf Gum and Franck Roger, will perform on a massive purpose-built stage that uses the stadium to best effect.

If there is a person for the job, it’s Jury. He graduated from the University of Natal with a bachelor of music degree in 1994, and formed the groundbreaking South African rock group Urban Creep, where he performed as their vocalist and viola player.

In 1997, he formed Trans.Sky with celebrated Kalahari Surfer Warwick Sony. In addition to playing live and recording albums, Trans.Sky composed music for the BBC, Discovery Channel, Tube on SABC and several short films. A highlight was the composition of the music and songs for William Kentridge’s Ubu and the Truth Commission which toured for over a year in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.

His early days saw the start of a long-term working partnership and friendship with Arno Carstens. He concentrated on composition, and helped launch Carstens’s solo career in 2002. He also played the viola on the One Giant Leap album in the 2003 project which included Brian Eno, Baaba Maal, Maxi Jazz of Faithless and Robbie Williams.

“This year has been a good one for me,” he says. “I’ve done a lot of interesting things this year.” That includes working as musical director for the Parlotones 3-D Concert, as well as recently finishing off the score for Discovery Channel’s upcoming documentary Inside Story. He is currently producing Arno Carstens’s upcoming solo album, which he says is going “more indie rock”.


• Tickets are available at R150 from www.ticketpros.co.za and all Postnet outlets from Wednesday.

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