Kyle Shepherd Trio 'Dream State' CD Launch in Cape Town

Fri Aug 29, 20:30 - Fri Aug 29, 22:00
UCT - SA College of Music


The Kyle Shepherd Trio follow up a highly acclaimed Joburg launch of their double album,‘Dream State’, with a much anticipated Cape Town launch concert at the SA College of Music at UCT on Friday, 29 August 2014, 20:30.

The launch of ‘Dream State’ marks the 5-year Anniversary of Shepherd’s formidable Trio.

The concert, presented by fineART Music and generously sponsored by Ultra Event Technical Solutions and Dunstone Wines, features Shepherd, the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award (SBYA) winner for Jazz and African News Network, ANN7’s, 2014 Young South African of the Year Award Nominee, on piano, together with two of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians, namely, Shane Cooper - the 2013 SBYA recipient - on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums.

‘Dream State’, a 21-track double disc album of Shepherd’s original compositions, features Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums. The pre-eminent SA saxophonist, Buddy Wells, features on five of the tracks.

In this studio recording, the Trio, rather magnificently captures the fluidity, intensity and inventiveness of its live performances that has entranced audiences across South Africa and abroad.  

In her review of the official launch concert and album, revered Jazz music journalist, author and historian, Gwen Ansell, wrote Business Day that “Repeat listening to the same material on record underlines what a distinctive voice Shepherd now has. Those fragments of musical home that have always characterised his compositions and playing are still there; the reworkings, though, are often unexpected and subtle, emerging from a modern and personal pianism that isn’t in anybody’s shadow. Dream State joins an impressive 2014 list of albums of the year.”

In the album's liner notes, renowned arts journalist, Percy Mabandu succinctly described the ethos of the trio in this way:
“There's a palpable connectedness they share as players, a connection that also touches attuned audiences at their live performances too. This band is on a search for more than beautiful notes. They are asking more of the music. Its corporeal and ethereal aspects are invoked into the simultaneous sound ritual. Each performance takes on the nature of a meditation and as Zim Ngqawana said, ‘the music must lead us towards ourselves’. ”
‘Dream State’ which was recorded by Peter Auret at the Sumo Sound Recording Studio, mixed by Pål Svenre (Sweden) and mastered by Tim Lengfeld at TL Mastering, is the 27-year old pianist’s 4th Album. His previous critically acclaimed releases, ‘fineART’, ‘A Portrait of Home’ and South African History !X, have all garned South African Music Award nominations.
Since the release of his debut album in 2009, Shepherd’s international career has advanced remarkably with performances, either as a solo pianist or trio, quartet and other formats in France, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Denmark, South Africa at The Cape Town International Jazz Festival and The Joy of Jazz Festival, Zimbabwe at The Harare International Festival – HIFA, China and India.
The twenty-seven year old virtuoso pianist will embark on a Solo Piano Tour of Japan in September 2014 which will include a performance at the prestigious Tokyo International Jazz Festival, Japan on Sunday, 07 September 2014; after which he heads for the USA with Kesivan & The Lights for a show at Carnegie Hall, New York on the 30th of October 2014. The Kyle Shepherd Trio is billed to play at The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Sandton, on the 27th September 2014.

Copies of the new CD will be on sale at the launch concert and will be on sale at most major retail stores in South Africa and downloadable via all major digital platforms worldwide, during August 2014.

Poster & CD Artwork & Design by Brandan Reynolds!

  • Date: Friday, 29 August 2014
  • Time: 20:30
  • Duration: 80 min (one set only)
  • Venue: UCT, SA College of Music (behind the Baxter Theatre), Lower Campus, off Woolsack Drive, Rondebosch, Cape Town.
  • RESERVATIONS: Pre-Book / Pay Online at QUICKET & only pay R90.00* OR to Book & Pay R100.00 in CASH at Door please visit Booking Enquiry Link or Call 072 351 5204.
          [Seating Unreserved. Doors open at 19:45]
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Kyle Shepherd Trio 'Dream State' CD Launch in Cape Town
UCT - SA College of Music
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