Carlo Mombelli & The Stories Ensemble

Carlo Mombelli and his Stories Ensemble are current beneficiaries of the Music Mobility Fund.
Carlo Mombelli and his Stories Ensemble are current beneficiaries of the Music Mobility Fund.

Carlo Mombelli & The Stories Ensemble bring their unique musical tales back to Southern Africa.

Society needs its storytellers and whether those stories are told in prose, poetry or music they remind us of our humanity and shared histories. Composer/bassist and music virtuoso Carlo Mombelli is one such narrator and along with the daring collective of musicians: The Stories Ensemble will be touring Southern Africa in March and April. With the support of Pro Helvetia these storytellers will be bringing their audiences performances that are as experimental, as they are awe-inspiring.

Mombelli is joined by traditional Zulu singer Mbuso Khoza, trombonist Adrian Mears, cellist Daniel Pezzotti, Dejan Terzic on drums and the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist award winner for Jazz, Kyle Shepherd on piano.

The tour starts on 28 March at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, after which they will be travelling to Durban, performing at University of Kwa-Zulu Natal on 1 April (6pm). From there the Ensemble head to Mozambique for a performance in Maputo 2 April (7pm) at the Centro Cultural Franco Mocambicano (CCFM) and complete the tour at the Wits Great Hall, Johannesburg on 4 April (8pm).

Mombelli recorded the deeply personal Stories in September 2013 in Basel Switzerland Pezzotti, Mears, and Terzic, who he had been playing with as part of a quartet in Europe. To this mix Mombelli introduced Khoza. Stories was recorded, in studio, using 1940s vintage microphones and was mastered on reel- to-reel tape machines. The album has been described as Mombelli’s most personally revealing album. Comprised of narratives about the people who have meant the most in his life; his wife, children and music teachers it became a tribute to them.

Described by The Jazz Times in the USA as “Disconcertingly beautiful”, this eclectic ensemble unites each musician’s diverse talent and musical background in emotionally charged improvised chamber music both acoustic and electronic.

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