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Monday, August 11, 2014


(Jim Gorissen)

Dutch Rhythm guitarist Jim Gorissen will perform at the KZNSA Gallery on August 15.

Jim Gorissen, (Stein, the Netherlands, 1951) began playing the guitar and arranging music as a boy of 13. He focuses mainly on The Latin American Music and is always on a search for the jazz element in this style. Brazilian music with its rhythmic drive and swing also gets his attention. The syncopated rhythm patterns of the Samba , the Bossa Nova and the modern Partido alto appeals to him most of all. "Rhythm" as a driving force in the World Music as a whole keeps fascinating him. It was inevitable that also Flamenco became one of his big inspirations.

In Durban, the Dutch guitarist brings jazz with Latin and Flamenco influences. He will have a strong Durban band behind him with highly respected musicians that are well-known to local music lovers: Mike Mazzoni and Paki Peloeole on drums, Ildo Nandja on bass, Richard Ellis on percussion and Shemual Mahabeer on keys. The band will be joined on vocals by diva Thulile Zama know from Heels over Head and powerful voice Shomon.

Gorissen started performing in a rock band and this encouraged him to take up guitar lessons and music theory at the local School of Music. Gorissen began his piano lessons when he was 15 years of age and played in many Rock and Blues bands in the Sittard-Geleen area and in Heerlen. He went on to study classic guitar with Albert Hempe, an excellent guitarist and a teacher at the School of Music in Heerlen. Albert Hempe laid the foundation for Jim's further study at the Conservatory of Music in Maastricht, and at the age of 18 Jim discovered Jazz. Fascinated by its rhythm right from the start, that same rhythm became a driving spirit that would fascinate him for rest of his life.

He studied classical guitar with Guus Dresens, Jazz with Joep van Leeuwen and also took lessons from John Thomas (Berklee) in Aachen, Germany. After taking several private lessons from Garrison Fewel (Berklee) Jim only encountered "World Music" at a later stage.

Jim is a guitar teacher at Artamuse, an institute for music and dance in Sittard-Geleen and runs his own school: Guitarworld in Houthem - St. Gerlach in the municipality of Valkenburg aan de Geul. He performed with several musicians and artists like Andreas Müller, Manny Hilger, Pitty Fröschen, Mitch Caanen, Frans Vink, Harald Pelzer, Nicole Claussen, Fer Visser, Peter van Kempen, Lou Fijten, Hans Hoffman, Jan Hallema, Bart Spits, Peter Notermans, Roy van Ginsel, Roel Pastoor, Patrick Smits, Alouis Koch, Theo Molinaro, Annemiek Lebens - Kusters and many more.

The performance will take place on August 15 at 19h00 (doors open at 18h00). Tickets R60 booked on 031 201 9969. The KZNSA Gallery is at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood. More information from Marlyn Ntsele on 031 711 1524 or 079 707 7773 or