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Thursday, October 20, 2016


(Neil Gonsalves)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present Rites, Rights and Riots by Neil Gonsalves on October 26 2016 at 18:00.

Pianist and composer, Neil Gonsalves presents excerpts from two open-ended song cycles, ‘F(r)ee Fall’ and ‘Scenes from a Wedding’.

‘F(r)ee Fall’ comprises a collection of pieces that were composed over a 10-year span, a musician’s diary, of the order, disorder and reorder of things in academic and other confined spaces.

Scenes from a Wedding is inspired by a series of family weddings and the celebrations and busy preparations that accompany them. This ritual of communion, which in this instance included a six-week expedition of North America, is set against the backdrop of Trump’s wall, BREXIT, gun violence in the US, #Blacklivesmatter, and Elon Musk’s self-driving cars and mission to realise human life on Mars.

The performance will take the form of three short sets, each featuring a different combination of drummers, Bruce Baker, Riley Giandhari and Jude Kenrick, and guitarist, Ethan Naidoo, trumpeter, Siyanda Zulu and vocalist, Xolisa Dlamini.

Join Neil Gonsalves presenting Rites, Rights and Riots at The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on October 26, 2016, at 18h00. Doors open at 17h30 with the show starting at 18h00. General Admission R60 (R40 pensioners, R20 for students. CJPM is on Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus.

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