Performance Jazz Live at the Bakery. The HA!Man and Joke Debeare
"An enthralling mix of music (classical. world, jazz) with dance and word. HA! is the surprise and excitement I felt on the three occasions I have seen Francois and Joke perform. Musical, theatrical and in this setting, (The Olympia Bakery) an adventure! The talent of this duo will leave you open mouthed."
Francois le Roux (aka the HA!Man) has made spontaneous music-making his art form since his early twenties, having broken away from a classical background in cello, piano and composition. This brought him to a no-man's-land in terms of audiences and income in the South Africa of the early nineties. Apart from a sprinkling of intimate acoustic performances on piano, cello and organ, for years he mainly survived by improvising with his cello on the streets of Cape Town, Johannesburg and other centers, making his way by hitch-hiking. Since the 2000's, he incorporated spontaneously generated electronic accompaniments and the "HA!Man Show" was born. Through personal networking and word-of-mouth, the "HA!" started to spread over four continents, an annual cycle that lead to his meeting with Belgian actress and word-artist Joke Debaere, who joined the touring life in 2012. Joke (pronounced as Yaw-kuh) Debaere, aged 38, was born in Belgium and graduated in 2001 at the Theatre Academy of Maastricht, in the Netherlands. Since then she has been a professional performer and writer. She regularly performed on stages in Belgium, the Netherlands and wrote theatre pieces for her independent theatre company 'Het Zesde Bedrijf'. Her first short story, "A Cathedral of Truth", on the life of the Russian writer Tolstoy, was published in the literary magazine "Deus ex Machina" in 2004. In January 2012, she published her first Dutch poetry album 'verandering'. She also exhibited graphic art in a gallery in Antwerp. Together they mostly proceed from no particular idea or agreement, feeling out in sound and word to render poetic and song-like improvisations that have since moved and excited many people the world over. They remain an independent operation, wholly supported by those who find them an inspiration to arrange locally based performance and workshop events, and also to develop spontaneity-based collaborations, often long-standing. For more, visit www.hamanworld.com