Tone Talk session with Feya Faku and Buddy Wells

PIONEERING THE DREAM…

Dre & Chan Music Productions present Tone Talk Sessions at the District Six Museum HOMECOMING CENTRE, 15A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

Saturday, 13th December 2014 from 10.30am – 12pm

Free admission and CD’s on sale!

Join us in conversation with renowned SA musicians Feya Faku (trumpet) and Buddy Wells . Find out about their journey PIONEERING THE DREAM in music, working and composing for musicians around the world and their heart for the up and coming generation of gifted youth. Young saxophonist, Charl Clayton will also be featured.

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

BUDDY WELLS

FEYA FAKU

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“HALLES KOMET” HITS THE DISTRICT SIX MUSEUM

SOUTH AFRICAN / NORWEGIAN ACOUSTIC JAZZ COLLABORATION TO TOUR SOUTH AFRICA AND NORWAY 2014/2015 featuring Award-Winning SA Jazz Pianist Andre Petersen and acclaimed Norwegian Saxophonist and Educator Morten Halle, with special guests Feya Faku (trumpet), Mihi Matshingana (voice/poetry) & Kevin Gibson (drums)

Norwegian saxophonist and music Professor, MORTEN HALLE, has been an important part of the Norwegian Jazz community for the last few decades.

Described by Norwegian press as “always exhibit[ing] an original voice”, Halles Komet is the collaborative effort of Halle and acclaimed SA jazz pianist, Andre Petersen. Together with gifted double bassist Edvard Askeland, and the young tour de force drummer Torstein Lofthuis, this project has recorded the highly acclaimed album, HALLES KOMET, on the Curling Legs record label (2007).

Sonically imbuing nuances of acoustic, eclectic, and modern jazz with local music influences from the Cape to Nordic cultures, this group presents an intelligent and engaging musical conversation of worlds far and intimately close to the language of jazz improvisation.

In addition to acclaimed performances at Bergen Jazz Festival, Oslo Jazz Festival and Standard Bank Grahamstown Jazz Festival, this group has also performed at concert halls in Sweden and Norway.

For the District Six Museum’s prestigious 20th Year concert celebration, the ensemble will be joined by iconic jazz trumpeter Feya Faku, rising star Mihi Matshigana (poetry/vocals) as well as well known master drummer Kevin Gibson.

This modern jazz concert is sure to be a memorable one – rich in storytelling, and sharing in musical traditions that span between two continents and hundreds of years. The occasion also brings together the celebration of hope, reconciliation and reflection as we celebrate the 20th year anniversary of the museum, 20 years of South African democracy and 200 years of Norwegian independence.

PERSONNEL

MORTEN HALLE: SAX
ANDRE PETERSEN: PIANO
EDVARD ASKELAND: DOUBLE BASS
KEVIN GIBSON: DRUMS

SPECIAL GUESTS

FEYA FAKU (TRUMPET) & MIHI MATSHIGANA (VOICE/POETRY)

SELECTED PRESS

“There is absolutely no language problems between these representatives of the areas around the North and South Pole. “Halles comet” is a shining example that jazz is a universal language and it is hoped that the public both in Norway, South Africa and elsewhere in the world will have the pleasure of hearing this band “.

Tor Hammerø  [Norwegian Jazz critic]

 “It is a great joy to notice Petersen’s roots and exceptional piano playing…” 

Nettavisen  [Norwegian Press]

 “Halle has always exhibited an original voice and he does so again in every way together with the others in this special quartet”.

 Nettavisen   [Norway Press]

BOOKING INFORMATION

Concert venue : The District Six Museum, 25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

Friday, 12th December 2014

Dre & Chan Music Productions

Telephone: +27603537852

Email Address: dreandchan@gmail.com

Tickets:  R 120 (available by calling above or visit the Webtickets website)

About the artists

Award-winning jazz pianist, composer, educator and entrepreneur Andre Petersen is based in Cape Town. He holds celebrated performances with leading international jazz artists in Europe, and the United States of America such as with Grammy award-winning artists Stefan Harris, David Liebman, Marcus Strickland, Zap Mama and others. Petersen has also played alongside acclaimed local artists such as Winston Mankunku, Feya Faku, Robbie Jansen and others. Andre is currently lecturing part-time at the University of Stellenbosch in Jazz Theory and Jazz Piano. He is CEO of the music production company Dre & Chan Music Productions. Petersen is recipient of the 2009 SAMRO International Scholarship Award, and the Oppenheimer (2010) and Vuya Foundation (2011) Awards.

Professor of saxophone, Morten Halle has worked with Europe’s finest and most established jazz artists in the Oslo Jazz scene, appearing on releases by Helge Iberg (1997), Jan Magne Førde (1998), Jan Eggum (1999), Marianne Antonsen (2000), and  Jørun Bøgeberg (2006). Halle has written music for film, theater and ballet, as well as commissioned work for the Døla Jazz Festival in 1992. He has also composed music to the lyrics of Jesper Halle, performed by Jonas Fjeld and Sidsel Endresen (1988). He remains a prominent figure in modern Norwegian jazz. Among his album releases include Alle tre (1995), and The Eagle’ (1995), with the Halle/Eberson Quartet. Lately he leads his own trio with Anders Jormin and Svante Henryson, and the Morten Halle Quartet with Edvard Askeland, Torstein Lofthus and SA pianist, Andre Petersen. Halle is a partner in the label Curling Legs (1992–), Associate Professor at the Norges Musikkhøgskole in Oslo, and former Chairman of TONO.

PRESS RELEASE: District Six Museum Celebrates 20 Years

Please join the District Six Museum community for a celebration of 20 years of existence. If this were a marriage we would be using CHINA as a traditional form, or PLATINUM as a more contemporary theming option. We’ll be happy with the emerald green colour scheme and lilies as the flowers of choice. Please join us for morning tea!

Wednesday, 10th December

11am – 2pm

D6M Homecoming Centre, 15A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

On the 10th of December, District Six Museum – a memorial to a decimated community and a meeting place for Cape Town residents who identify with its history – will celebrate its 20th anniversary since opening its doors in 1994. Known as a city within a city, District Six was considered the soul of Cape Town. It’s bustling streets, diverse and colourful f residents and a deep sense of community are engrained in the memory of those who once lived there.  In February 1966 it was declared a whites-only area under the Group Areas Act, and by 1982, the life of this vibrant community was over.  More than 60 000 people were forcibly removed and the buildings were flattened by bulldozers.

20 OBJECTS

In honour of its 20th birthday, the Museum will pay tribute to and celebrate the once vibrant community by reflecting on 20 objects, places and people that truly epitomise life in the former District Six.

  1. Van Kalker Studio – Proudly hanging above the family mantelpiece, the all-familiar sight of a Van Kalker photograph could be found in the homes of many District Six residents. The Van Kalker studio in Victoria Street became a routine visit for special events like birthdays, weddings, graduations and christenings.
  2. Waentjies – To get their fresh produce, residents looked no further than the local fruit and vegetable seller ‘Waentjies’, who would set up shop on Hanover Street.
  3. Fish horn – The nasal sound of fish horns signalled the day’s fresh catch. With fish piled high, residents would flock to the pungent Fish Market (‘vis markie’) to get their share.
  4. Hanover Street – Dubbed ‘the hub’ of District Six, Hanover Street was the place where you could acquire anything and everything.
  5. Peninsula Maternity Hospital – Situated between Constitution, Primrose, Caledon and Mount Streets, the Peninsula Maternity Hospital is where thousands of District Six residents were born.
  6. Seven Steps – For anyone who lived in the old District Six, the Seven Steps’ is a powerful symbol of their heritage. To work, to home, to school, to play, to church, to mosque, to shop, to celebrate and to mourn, these steps carried thousands of residents on their way.
  7. Bioscopes – Going to local bioscopes on a Saturday afternoon was a regular treat for residents and occupied a special position in the recreational life of the community. The Avalon, Star, National and the British Bioscopes doubled as venues for beauty pageants, talent shows and musicals.
  8. Crescent Café – People journeyed from far and wide to sample the curry at Mr. Kathrada’s Crescent Cafe in Hanover Street.
  9. Beinkinstadt – Judaica bookstore – In its early years, The Beinkinstadt Jewish bookstore was a meeting place for the local Jews who, on Friday evenings, would congregate there to enjoy the heimishe ‘open house’ hospitality of owners Moshe and Olga Beinkinstadt.
  10. Kewpie – District Six was legendary for its gay community in the 1950s and Kewpie, the local drag queen, became a figurehead for District Six’s vibrant characters.
  11. Koe’sisters – Food played a central role in the lives of the District Six community. The traditional Koe’sister, a delicious spiced doughnut dipped in syrup and rolled in dry coconut, remains a Sunday morning treat among District Sixers.
  12. Fah-fee – Fafi or fa-fi (pronounced fah-fee) was a popular betting game played in District Six, and has been described as the ‘poor man‘s Roulette’.
  13. Richard Rive – Rive was a former resident and the well-known writer of the acclaimed ‘Buckingham Palace’.
  14. Lydia Williams – Affectionately known as ‘Ou Tamelytjie’, Williams was a former slave woman who settled in District Six. She established a school in the area and was a founding member of St Philip’s Anglican Church.
  15. May Abrahamse – May started singing at age 14 and went on to become one of South Africa’s most prolific opera singers. With her talent and support from the Eoan Group – a theatre and dance group – she played leading soprano roles in La Traviata, La Boheme and Madame Butterfly.
  16. Globe Gang – The Globes – one of the most notorious gangs of District Six – initially started out as a vigilante group, taking their name from the Globe Furnishing Company.
  17. Music of District Six – The music of District Six is legendary…one of the leading lights of Cape jazz was Dollar Brand (later known as Abdullah Ibrahim) who, with his Jazz Epistles, recorded the first jazz LP by black South African musicians.
  18. The Rose and Crown – One cannot forget the many pubs of District Six. The Rose and Crown was a particular hot spot in Hanover Street.
  19. Horse Drawn Carriages – There were the horse-drawn wedding parades to look forward to on weekends, where little girls would eagerly anticipate the beautiful wedding parades that took place most Sundays.
  20. Malay and Christmas Choirs and klopse – On Christmas and New Year’s eve, residents would prepare to stay up through the night to watch the Malay and Christmas Choirs proceed from Tennant Street to Caledon Street, up Wale Street and ending down at the Parade, where the klopse would begin celebrations well into New Year’s evening.