Kathleen Tagg And Andre Petersen Duel Their Pianos Live Across SA!

In association with Concerts SA, two of South Africa’s most renowned pianists – New York-based Kathleen Tagg and Andre Petersen – join forces in a show that explodes the concept of what a piano, or in this case two pianos, can do and sound like.

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They will tour South Africa with their project Where Worlds Collide: Kathleen Tagg and Andre Petersen from June 2ndto June 12th, performing in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.

This tour will celebrate the digital release of their 2016 album Where Worlds Collide and its upcoming release in the USA on Table Pounding Records in September 2017. It will be their first time performing this project in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.

Where Worlds Collide draws from the rich sonic tapestries of classical music, South African jazz and traditional musics from Sub-Saharan Africa, to explore a diverse array of sounds.

More than just a meeting place of jazz and classical music, Where Worlds Collide employs a spectacular array of additional elements, such as techniques Tagg has developed, using the piano from the inside out, including plucking, bowing and stopping the strings to create a magical world of new sounds. Petersen combines his classical training with his jazz career, while Tagg is a classical musician who improvises and writes music that crosses genres. The result is a bold, vital and highly entertaining mix of South African music, in a completely unique sound.

The media is raving about this project. “This is gloriously creative yet accessible music performed with sparkle by two virtuosos”, says radio documentary maker, jazz presenter and Lifetime Arts Journalist Achievement Awardee Nigel Vermaas. What’s On in Cape Town writes: “Breath-taking… There was no doubt that we were in the presence of musical genius…”

Tagg and Petersen are longstanding friends and colleagues, having met at the South African College of Music twenty years ago.  “It was divine intervention and arrangement!” says Petersen of the collaboration. “The original compositions from both Kathy and I were complementary in the overall structure and concept of the duo, and we had the same vision, wanting to create a new South African sound, painting with sonic colours rather than genres. We wanted to bring all these elements together to create an entertaining and accessible evening of music, while remaining true to the technique, intelligence and artistry of the original genres.”

A 2014 SAMA-nominee for Best Classical/Instrumental album, Kathleen Tagg has performed on four continents with some of the world’s leading musicians, including Grammy-nominated duo partner David Krakauer, 12-times Grammy-winner Paquito D’Rivera and Grammy-winner Matt Haimovitz. She is well-known for her cross genre work, mixing classical with world music, elements of jazz, rock, musical theatre, electronica and more.  Her performances include appearances at prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, where she gave her acclaimed solo debut. Tagg’s recorded work can be heard on NAXOS, Gallo Africa, Ossia Records and Table Pounding records labels.

Andre Petersen’s years of working with the finest South African and international jazz musicians are combined with his experience on the European and international jazz scene. In addition to performing with his own groups and iconic South African musicians such as Winston Mankunku, Feya Faku, Robbie Jansen and many others, being based in Belgium for a few years, Andre has also worked with a musically diverse group of artists such as Grammy-award winning world music group Zap Mama, jazz musicians Reggie Washington (Roy Hargrove/Branford Marsalis), Dre Pallemaerts (Joe Lovano/Toots Thielemans), Stefan Harris (Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Barron) and many others.

Kathleen Tagg and Andre Petersen’s Where Worlds Collide Tour is supported by Concerts SA through the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours.

Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools. For more information please visit our website http://concertssa.co.za, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter at twitter.com/ConcertsSA or like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ConcertsSA.

Artists Links

Website: www.taggpetersenduo.com / www.kathleentagg.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kathleentagg / www.instagram.com/petersenandre

Twitter: www.twitter.com/kathleentagg  

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC8qMAvfbwC0aURyH-N0NWrg

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/user-394786782 / www.soundcloud.com/kattagg /

www.soundcloud.com/andre-petersen

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kathleentagg /

www.facebook.com/dreandchanmusicproductions

Events Listing

Cape Town – UCT College of Music – Chisholm Recital Room [Performance]

Friday 2nd June – 8pm – R60 (student) / R75 (senior) / R100 (regular) / R180 (entry+CD)

Address: Woolsack Dr, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Bookings: 021 424 9308 / www.quicket.co.za

Cape Town – UCT College of Music – Chisholm Recital Room [Workshop]

Saturday 3rd June – 10am – No cover charge (Open to the public)

Address: Woolsack Dr, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Bookings: info@taggpetersenduo.com

Cape Town – UCT College of Music – Chisholm Recital Room [Performance]

Saturday 3rd June – 8pm – R60 (student) / R75 (senior) / R100 (regular) / R180 (entry+CD)

Address: Woolsack Dr, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Bookings: 021 424 9308 / www.quicket.co.za

Johannesburg – Wits Music Room [Performance]

Wednesday 7th June – 7.30pm – R60 (student) / R75 (senior) / R100 (regular) / R180 (entry+CD)

Address: Wits University, 8th Floor University Corner, 1 Jan Smuts Ave, Johannesburg

Bookings: 021 424 9308 / www.quicket.co.za

Johannesburg – Wits School of Arts [Workshop]

Date & Time TBC – No cover charge (Students & media only)

Address: Wits University, 8th Floor University Corner, 1 Jan Smuts Ave, Johannesburg

Bookings: info@taggpetersenduo.com

Johannesburg – Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos [Performance]

Friday 9th June – 8pm – R100

Address:  4E Appel Road Kramerville, Sandton

Bookings: 011 234 7555 / www.quicket.co.za

Port Elizabeth – NMMU South Campus Auditorium [Workshop]

Monday 12th June – 1pm – No cover charge (Students & media only)

Address: University Way, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

Bookings: info@taggpetersenduo.com

Port Elizabeth – NMMU South Campus Auditorium [Performance]

Monday 12th June – 7.30pm – R70 (general) / R65 (senior) / R40 (student)

Address: University Way, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

Bookings: 041 504 4235 / nicky.bosman@nmmu.ac.za

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