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Monday, February 23, 2015


(Steve Dyer)

Concerts SA Music Mobility Fund supports Steve Dyer & the Confluence Homecoming Tour which comes to five venues in KZN this week.

Confluence, Steve Dyer’s sixth album under his own name, is a soundscape of diverse influences to mirror how societies are evolving, and how different cultures, belief systems and peoples have increasingly greater interaction with each other.

At the core is the sonic reflection of Dyer’s journey through his homeland South Africa, and the influences both personal and otherwise that are shaping this journey. Whatever the setting, his intention remains the same: to give a contemporary African voice to improvised and structured music.

Pietermaritzburg born Dyer completed his music degree at University of Natal (now UKZN)  in 1981. Refusing military conscription, he then left South Africa and stayed in Botswana, the UK and Zimbabwe. In 1993 he returned to study at Durban Music Dept. and then relocated to Gauteng where he now resides.

The Confluence tour to KZN is a homecoming after a long absence. Dyer says: “Many of the sounds that inform what I compose were and are influenced by the early period in my life. This, together with my musical experience since leaving Durban, is what I look forward to sharing with KZN audiences.  I am grateful to be joined by some young talented musicians, as well as my long-time friend and musical colleague Andile Yenana.

“We will be performing music from the recently released Confluence project, as well as material from previous albums.

The line-up includes Dyer on saxophones, flutes and voice joined by musicians Andile Yenana on piano, Mandla Mlangeni on trumpet/flugelhorn, Amaeshi Ikechi on acoustic/electric bass and Lungile Kunene on drums.

Funded by Concerts SA and Connect ZA, the Mobility Fund is administered by Concerts SA at The SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian project housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA also receives technical support from Concerts Norway. The project aims to stimulate live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create regular, sustainable performance platforms.  It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

Performances of Steve Dyer & the Confluence Homecoming Tour take place as follows:
February 25 at 18h00 – Centre for Jazz at UKZN
February 26 at 13h00 – Esayidi College in Port Shepstone
February 27 at 20h00 - Michaelhouse, Balgowan
February 28 at 20h00 – Le Aperitivo, uMhlanga Gateway
March 1 at 13h00 – The Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown

CD’s will be on sale at all venues. Available at retail outlets, iTunes, C.D baby and other digital platforms

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