Kyle Shepherd Trio in SA tour

2015-08-22 09:33

FRESH off a highly acclaimed Canadian tour in June, the Kyle Shepherd Trio will embark on a Southern African tour in September this year that will see them perform in Mozambique, Botswana and in major cities across South Africa — including Durban, Johannesburg, East London and Cape Town.

Featuring band leader Kyle Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper on bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums, this inventive trio, who have already captivated audiences across SA, Canada, Switzerland and China, perform compositions from Shepherd’s rich and evocative repertoire of recorded and new unreleased original compositions.

“A proud South African, Shepherd is also a striving musician with ears attuned to the cutting-edge, globe-spanning music made by influences such as Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran and Craig Taborn. Much of Shepherd’s concert found him, bassist Shane Cooper and drummer Jonno Sweetman, exploring a more craggy and contemporary musical turf, and successfully so,” said Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen in Canada.

The award-winning Shepherd, recipient of the coveted Unisa National Piano Competition Award (2015) and the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award (2014) in the jazz category, and arguably one of South Africa’s leading progressive pianists and composers of his generation, is fast gaining international recognition for his distinctive compositional style and performances.

Kyle Shepherd Trio will perform in KZN on September 2 at 6 pm at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College Centre for Jazz and Popular Music. Tickets cost R50, R15 for students, R30 for pensioners.

Pay cash at the door, no pre-bookings. Inquiries: visit — Arts Editor

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