Artscape’s youth month will be celebrated this year from 10 June to 11 July, with the highlight the Artscape Youth Jazz Festival on 19 June.
During this time hundreds of young artists from various multicultural arts disciplines will have the opportunity to perform their stimulating and important works on the Artscape stages together with many well-known artists. The highlight of this month is the Youth Jazz Festival. It celebrates its 13th year with nine soloists who successfully auditioned to be included in a mentorship programme. It culminates with the jazz festival on 19 June 2015 at 19.30 in the Artscape Theatre.
The soloists are at various music institutions and schools –
Keno Carelse (17) plays Drums and Kirsten Skippers (16) the Piano. Both are at South Peninsula High. Jed Petersen (17) on Saxophone is at Wynberg Boys High. From UCT are Marco Maritz (19) on Trumpet & Flugelhorn, Sean Sanby (19) Electric Bass Guitar & Double Bass, along with Vocalists Aimee George (18), Emma de Goede (22) and Liso Gcwabe (20). Adelia Douw (21) another vocalist is with the Delft Big Band.
Directors and mentors this year are pianist, producer and composer Camillo Lombard, trumpeter Ian Smith (Delft Big Band) and vocalist Amanda Tiffin (Head of Jazz singing at UCT). Also mentoring is drummer Frank Paco and bassist Charlton Daniels. All five artists form a jazz ensemble to accompany the young musicians. Applauded internationally, they are significantly recognised for their ongoing commitment to teaching young musicians.
Marlene le Roux, acting CEO of Artscape and director of Artscape Audience Development and Education explains: ‘Each year the festival mentorship programme is structured around skills development and education as we recognize the vital role the arts play in laying a foundation for an open society, based on the democratic values of our constitution. It is a unique opportunity where the musicians have been able to take this programme forward into their careers and educate others in the process.’
‘Artscape continues to raise the standard each year through the dedication and passion of highly respected and acclaimed professional musicians and educators who not only mentor these young artists but ensures the continuity of the jazz tradition in the Western Cape. We are honoured to showcase all these musicians.’
Tickets cost R80 and available through Artscape Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695, Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets or on line www.computicket.com – Seating is unreserved