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Monday, July 8, 2019


(Left: James Osei)

Friends of Music will present internationally renowned solo double bassist James Osei accompanied by Andrea Vasi, a leading collaborative pianist from the Netherlands, at their next recital on July 23, 2019.

James Oesi is truly blazing new trails for double bassists worldwide. Traditionally, the double bass is not necessarily seen as a full-fledged solo instrument. But bassist James Oesi, born in England, growing up in South Africa, studying in Russia, and now living in the Netherlands, is stretching the limits. Together with his regular duo partner, pianist Andrea Vasi, he brings a recital that is dedicated to three great sonatas.

Originally not written for the bass, but for cello or violin and piano. Oesi plays these timeless works on his contrabass in a most intimate way, with bravado and masterly perfection. In Vasi he finds his musical counterpart; from start to finish, their intimate dialogue will keep the listener in suspense.

(Right: Andrea Vasi)

Andrea Vasi was born in Voorburg, the Netherlands, to a Romanian-Dutch family. She has toured France, Belgium, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, USA, Canada, India and Argentina. Many of the concerts were broadcast by radio and / or TV. She was a special guest at the Gergiev Festival (Rotterdam) and the Grachtenfestival (Amsterdam), and played with the ASKO | Schönberg ensemble several times.

As a soloist she performed piano concertos by Bach, Beethoven, Grieg, Ravel and Stravinsky. In September 2015, she was appointed teacher/accompanist at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

Their programme features:

Luciano Berio (1925 - 2003) - Psy
César Franck (1822 - 1890) - Sonata in A major for violin and piano
George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759) - Violin sonata no.4, HWV 371
Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937) - Deux Mélodies Hébraïques
Vittorio Monti (1868 - 1922) -  Czárdás

The recital will take place on July 23, 2019, at 19h30 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga (Old Fort) Road, Durban. Tickets R120 (R100 FOM members) available at the door). There is safe parking. For more information contact Keith on 071 505 1021 or visit