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Monday, August 31, 2015


(Kyle Shepherd, Shane Cooper & Jonno Sweetman)
(Pic by Gregory Franz, edited by Brandan Reynolds)

Fresh off a highly acclaimed Canadian Tour in June, the Kyle Shepherd Trio embarks on a Southern African Tour in September that will see them perform in Mozambique, Botswana and in major cities across South Africa. Their Durban performance takes place on September 2.

The Southern African Tour was made possible by the Concerts SA Mobility Fund - a funding mechanism which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours, administered by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian project; with the performance in Botswana supported by the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week.

Featuring band leader, Kyle Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper on bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums, this inspiring and inventive trio performs compositions from Shepherd’s rich and evocative repertoire of recorded and new unreleased original compositions!

“A proud South African, Shepherd is also a striving musician with ears attuned to the cutting-edge, globe-spanning music made by influences such as Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran and Craig Taborn. Much of Shepherd’s concert found him, bassist Shane Cooper and drummer Jonno Sweetman exploring a more craggy and contemporary musical turf, and successfully so,” said Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen, Canada.

Fast gaining international recognition for his distinctive compositional style and performances, the award-winning Shepherd is arguably one of South Africa’s leading progressive pianists and composers of his generation. The 28 year-old virtuoso pianist who has a well-established record of celebrated performances in South Africa, Europe, Asia and the USA has already released five (5) critically acclaimed albums in his young career, namely, fineART, A Portrait of Home, South African History !X, Dream State – all South African Music Award-nominated albums - and Into Darkness.

The Kyle Shepherd Trio will perform on September 2 at 18h00 at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Tickets R50 (R30 pensioners, R15 students) at the door. For more information visit