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June 23, 2009

Young jazz pianist refreshes Cape Town musical style

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Kyle Shepherd (21), widely regarded as one of South Africa’s most accomplished jazz pianists and composers, will be giving a solo piano concert on Saturday June 27 at Welgemeend in Welgemeend Road, Gardens. The performance begins at 19h30.

Shepherd has performed at a number of concerts and festivals in South Africa (including the 2009 Cape Town International Jazz Festival) and abroad with the likes of Errol Dyers, Robbie Jansen, Louis Moholo, McCoy Mrubata, Zim Ngqawana and Hilton Schilder.

His debut album, fineART, which was released in January 2009, has been highly acclaimed by respected jazz critics and discerning listeners alike.

“As a composer and arranger Shepherd is proving to be one of the chief architects of modern Cape jazz,” wrote Andre Manuel in the Cape Times.

“Cape Town music has its own sound, and Shepherd doesn’t hide the fact that much of his music and piano playing is inspired by Abdullah Ibrahim,” said Don Albert in the Financial Mail. “He uses this inspiration as a jumping-off point to offer his own original slant. ... I believe that on fineART, Shepherd carries the torch for this style of music.” 

For more information about Shepherd visit www.kyleshepherd.co.za or email info@kyleshepherd.co.za.   

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