Amanda Tiffin’s four year collaborative journey is now a reality as she launches Consideration, her 5th Album which was mixed and mastered in Belgium. An acclaimed Cape Town composer, vocalist and pianist, Amanda features on the album with Shannon Mowday (saxophone and bass clarinet), Andrew Lilley (piano) from South Africa, Erik Nylander (drums) and Putte Johander (bass) from Sweden. All are highly accomplished jazz musicians recognised internationally. Amanda has just returned from Paris where she performed and conducted workshops.
The launch concerts – open to the public – are on Friday 13 November 2015 at 20.00 at the Nassau Centre, (Groote Schuur High School), 77 Palmyra Road, Rondebosch and at the Reeler Centre Theatre, (Rondebosch Boys High School) Canigou Avenue, on Sunday 15 November at 19.00.
Tickets cost R100 through Webtickets www.webtickets.co.za and R120 at the door. CDs are R120 and will be available at the concert venues.
Shannon Mowday now lives in Norway and together with Erik Nylander they will come out especially to perform at the launch concerts with Amanda and Andrew. As Putte Johander is unable to be here, bassist Romy Brauteseth will join the ensemble.
It all began in 2011 when Amanda and Shannon shared their common experiences: the difficulty in finding the right combinations of musical abilities and personalities in their bands. After many intense discussions Shannon suggested they select musicians from each of their spheres and try collaborating. The album was subsequently recorded in Cape Town in 2011, followed by several successful concerts.
Amanda, who is also Head of Jazz Singing at the South African College of Music at UCT says : ‘Consideration is very special to me as it has taken four years to complete. There are nine songs, eight of my own original compositions, one jazz standard by Cole Porter. The compositions reflect a hybrid of influences that have shaped my musical expression over the span of my career thus far: jazz, pop, African rhythm and melody, some vocal inflections typified by the stylings of Zimbabwean artists Oliver Mtukudzi and Thomas Mapfumo.’
‘I had flu at the time so delayed recording the vocals. Then various obstacles that included lack of funds and a crisis of confidence delayed finishing the project. After much soul searching and some funding, I finished the vocal recordings in Cape Town last year. The album will be available on iTunes in January 2016.’
Based on the previous sold out concerts, although tickets will be available at the door, it is suggested you book in advance via Webtickets as soon as possible as seating is limited at both venues.