Bolling with an African twist

2019-08-20 06:01
Lex Futshane on bass.

Lex Futshane on bass.

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Capetonian jazz lovers can be part of the first audiences to listen to a new quasi-African interpretation of Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio to be performed at The Artscape Arena later this month.

The Bolling Suite is regarded as one of the pioneering works in the “crossover” genre, which is why it has not enjoyed many alternate interpretations since it was first composed.

Taking on the challenge is a four-piece band comprising of musicians from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Makhanda – Dylan Tabischer (drums, percussion, marimba), Albert Combrink (piano), Lex Futshane (bass) and Stacey van Schalkwyk Naidoo (flute).

“Re-imagining the Suite is a bold step, but vital for expanding the horizon of, not only classical music, but also jazz in South Africa,” says Van Schalkwyk Naidoo.

“Bolling’s brilliant use of impressionistic harmonies, subtle Baroque counterpoint, suggested improvisation and the incorporation of a swing feel, provides some scope for experimentation, while still keeping the composition intact,” she adds.

According to Futshane, the musicians intend to take advantage of this, by relaxing the tempos to connect more with the jazz feel of the piece, while expanding on the suggestive nature of improvisation and adding subtle tonal and rhythmic impressions of Africa.

The performance, sponsored by Paul Bothner Music, will appeal to classical, jazz and folk music supporters. Performances will take place at The Arena, Artscape Theatre, on 27, 29, 30 and 31 August from 18:00 to 19:00.

An additional matinee performance will be held on the Saturday at 15:00.

V For more information on the performance, visit www.artscape.co.za/event/claude-bollings-suite/. Tickets are available from Computicket.

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