Bänz Oester & The Rainmakers at Cape Town Jazz

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Bänz Oester & The Rainmakers bring their “Music of Intention” to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Bänz Oester & The Rainmakers
Bänz Oester & The Rainmakers

After a very well received tour last year, the Swiss-South African jazz collaboration The Rainmakers return to perform at Cape Town International Jazz Festival and tour South Africa and Mauritius. With Swiss bassist Bänz Oester at the helm The Rainmakers will be performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on March 28, 2015, followed by performances in East London, Durban, Johannesburg and Mauritius. For the second concurrent year, the band is, supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss arts council.

Considered as one of Europe’s foremost double bassists, Oester has been active on the Swiss and international jazz scene since the early eighties. He has performed and recorded with numerous musicians, as well as recording his debut solo album, Blosperment Suite, in 2007. Oester is joined by fellow Swiss jazz artist Ganesh Geymeier on tenor saxophone and South Africans Afrika Mkhize on piano and Ayanda Sikade on drums.

Their shared musical philosophy has seen this collaboration result in collaborative performances both here and in Switzerland and the release of an album, Playing at the Bird’s Eye, recorded live at the Basel jazz club in 2012. The band first toured Southern Africa in 2014.

Coloured by the band’s varying backgrounds and musical traditions, the quartet’s eclectic style is a unique combination of jazz and blues, African polyrhythms and Swiss and Bulgarian folk tunes. Dubbed the group as “music of intention” it has been described by the media as joyful and energetic.

Following the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, The Rainmakers head to East London performing at the Sterling Auditorium on March 29 and then to The Jazzy Rainbow, in Durban, on March 31.

The second part of tour takes place in Mauritius with a studio performance at MBC Studios, Reduit on April 2. This performance will be broadcast live on national radio. The Rainmakers will then be performing at the Francois Mitterrand National Conservatory for Music, in Quatre Borne, on April 3.

The tour concludes with two performances in Johannesburg, the first at Winnie’s Soul and Jazz Club on April 4 and the second at The Orbit on April 5.

Etienne Shardlow

Etienne Shardlow

Etienne is a proud lover of South African jazz, and host of the weekly JazzE Radio Show on Bakgat Radio. He works as an IT Service Management consultant and trainer.
Etienne Shardlow

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