Strong melodies, sensitivity and improvisation at play

2019-09-24 06:00
Helge Lien (piano), Erik Nylander (drums, percussion), Shannon Mowday (sax) and Johannes Eick (bass). PHOTO: CF Wesenberg

Helge Lien (piano), Erik Nylander (drums, percussion), Shannon Mowday (sax) and Johannes Eick (bass). PHOTO: CF Wesenberg

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Shannon Mowday, a celebrated jazz soloist and composer, masterfully blends sounds of Africa and Scandinavia in her production, Lila for one night only at Jazz at the Nassau.

The Standard Bank Young Artist award winner for Jazz (2007), has united musicians with whom she has worked since moving to Norway in 2009, each with a very unique musical identity.

The production’s musicians include Mowday (soprano, alto, baritone and bass saxes, bass and contra-alto clarinet, composition), Helge Lien (piano), Johannes Eick (six-string acoustic bass), Erik Nylander (drums) and Asle Karstad (sound design).

Supported by Norway Music, Lila had its debut performance on the Oslo Jazz Festival this year, followed by performances in Norway and South Africa.

Through the art of spontaneous “play”, the musicians seek to find both common ground in expression and also explore beyond borders of musical genres or expectations of style.

Mowday’s playing is a combination of power and high energy juxtaposed with sensitivity.

Her unique compositions reflect her travels, her South African roots and extensive musical experience; drawing from nature, folklore, life experience and also presenting important issues for social discourse.

Catch Lila on Sunday 29 September at 19:30 at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Palmyra Road, Newlands, Cape Town.

As there is only one performance in Cape Town, it is suggested to book early, as seating is limited.

Tickets cost R150 each. Students pay R50.

V For more information or to book tickets, call Cliff Wallis on 021 761 2726 or 076 401 0008 or email cliffwallis@gmail.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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