Attend the Jazz & Classical Encounters Festival at Spier Wine Farm

The Jazz & Classical Encounters Festival 2022 Vol. 4 at the Spier Amphitheatre, featuring some of South Africa’s finest jazz and classical artists in a new showcase of local contemporary music, takes place on Saturday, November 26, 2022.

The one-day festival at the Spier Wine Farm Amphitheater in Stellenbosch begins at 12:30 p.m. (doors open at 11:30 a.m.) and will conquer your senses with a mix of jazz and classical music for the next eight hours. The 4th edition of this unmissable event will once again feature some of South Africa‘s most exciting jazz and classical artists. With the covid-19 pandemic behind us, we look forward to enjoying this year’s incredible lineup live at this stunning venue and celebrating our country’s top musical talent.

The show will open with several SAMA (SA Music Awards) nominees, including the winner of the Mzantsi Jazz Awards 2022 for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, Durban-based pianist Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane and his sextet, who will present works by his last album “Music of my people”. The album is a project with a holistic approach that echoes many rhythmic languages, multi-generational sounds and an exploration of self-identity. Family, community, country, African continent and global influences are all woven into the sound of the album. The jazz genre is interpreted through its many phases and decades, each of which carries with it insightful experiences tied to specific eras. The sextet includes Nick Ford on bass, Bonolo Nkoane on drums, Buddy Wells on saxophone, Muneeb Hermans on trumpet and Wandithanda Makandula on vocals.

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They will be followed by the formidable Kirby Ensemble, revisiting Beethoven and Schumann. The Kirby Ensemble was formed from past winners and current competitors of the 2022 Schock Chamber Music Competition. All five have enjoyed considerable success in the competitions and undertaken professional work of a very high caliber, considering of their relative youth. The members of the ensemble are: Nic Bruiners on violin 1, Kaitlin Downie on violin 2, Micaela Arries on viola, Ashlin Grobbelaar on cello and Gerhard Joubert on piano.

After Kirby Ensemble on stage, it is undoubtedly one of the most influential drummers of the South African jazz scene, Ayanda Sikade. East London native Ayanda will present her latest project and album, “Umakhulu,” a beautiful piece of music dedicated to her grandmother that pays homage to her heritage. He will be joined by none other than Bra Andile Yenana on piano, sought after bassist Nhlanhla Radebe and rising alto sax sensation Kagiso Ramela.

Next act is the incredible young talent, Khanyisile Mthetwa, a multi-award winning flautist who has been named ‘Top Young South African’ by the Mail and Guardian and is one of the leading virtuoso instrumentalists in Africa and the world. She was nominated in three categories at the 2022 SAMA Awards for her debut album, “African Bird,” and won in the Best Classical and Newcomer Instrumental Album category. Ms Mthetwa currently holds a BA and Fellowship in Flute Performance from Trinity College London and is the Principal Fluteist of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. She is accompanied on the piano by the incomparable Peter Cartwright.

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The festival will also have one of SA’s inspiring veterans, legendary bassist Herbie Tsoaeli, to close out this incredible line-up. “If you’ve listened to South African creative music in the past 25 years, you’ve probably grooved and swinged on Tsoaeli’s bass. His sound carries history and memory. Dexterous, uncompromising, yet always soulful, Tsoaeli’s voice as a bassist is alive in the South African Songbook,” says Steve Kwena Mokwena. His unique sound and improvisational style will captivate the final set. He will present his latest album “At This Point in Time” and will be accompanied on stage by Keegan Steenkamp on trumpet and flugelhorn, Steven Sokuyeka on trombone, Mziwakhe Cekiso on piano and Tefo Mahola on drums and percussion. Enough to end this superb line-up.

“#jazzandclassicalencounters”, says the organizer and co-producer of the Jazz & Classical Encounters Festival 2022, Aymeric Péguillan of Pegs Music Project: “So grateful and delighted to welcome this festival back to Spier in such a grand setting. We’ve managed to gather enough resources for Volume 4 of the festival to follow on from the previous three, and we can’t wait to reconnect with this beautiful and loyal audience of ours. Some magnificent South African artists have responded favorably and with great enthusiasm to our invitation to perform at the festival again this year, and we are very proud to present a superb selection of great South African musical talent who are making waves in and beyond the country’s borders. We have no doubt that spectators will also be delighted to discover them (or rediscover them) as well as the compositions they have prepared for us.

Péguillan, co-producer with Akhi Kahn’s Penny Lane Studios, adds: “The journey continues and we continue to work to showcase the best of two musical art forms that uniquely shape our South African identity.”

Spier’s spectacular amphitheater once again provides the perfect venue for the showcase, with multiple outlets for picnicking and casual dining.

Proudly presented in collaboration with Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos and Fazioli.

A variety of food and beverages will be available on site throughout the event. No cash transactions. Maps and SnapScan only.

The schedule:

  • Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
  • 1st Act – 12:30 p.m. (Sibusiso Mashiloane Sextet)
  • 1st break – 1:30 p.m. (for 45 minutes)
  • 2nd Act – 2:15 p.m. (The Kirby Ensemble)
  • 2nd break – 3:15 p.m. (for 45 minutes)
  • 3rd Act – 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Ayanda Sikade Quartet)
  • 3rd break – 5 p.m. (for 45 minutes)
  • 4th act – 5:45 p.m. (Khanyisile Mthetwa and Peter Cartwright)
  • 4th break – 6:45 p.m. (for 45 minutes)
  • 5th Act – 7:30 p.m. (Herbie Tsoaeli Quintet)
  • End of the event: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Spier Wine Farm r310 Baden Powell Dr, Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch

Tickets available from Fast :

  • Festival performances Single ticket for a full day only
  • R595
  • Festival Shows Full Day for 2 with Picnic Basket for 2
  • R1,890
  • Festival Presents Full Day for 2 with Picnic Hamper for 2 and Signature Garden Terrace Double Room at Spier Hotel One Night
  • R5,550

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