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.
MORTEN HALLE: SAX
ANDRE PETERSEN: PIANO
EDVARD ASKELAND: DOUBLE BASS
KEVIN GIBSON: DRUMS
FEYA FAKU (TRUMPET) & MIHI MATSHIGANA (VOICE/POETRY)
“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]
Concert venue : The District Six Museum, 25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
Friday, 12th December 2014
Dre & Chan Music Productions
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.