In conjunction with Concerts SA, multi-instrumentalist Hilton Schilder and brother, Aldred, will fire up the night at Tagore’s, Cape Town on Friday, 16 January.
The mastermind behind musical projects such as Iconoclast, African Dream Rock Art, respected composer and soloist Hilton Schilder first rose to prominence as one of the founding members of the cult 80’s rebel rock band The Genuines.
He is the son of esteemed South African jazz pianist Tony Schilder (1937-2010) and nephew of Chris Schilder of Cape Town’s groundbreaking jazz-fusion group of the 1970s, Pacific Express. He was given his first instrument, a drum, at the age of three.
Hilton’s musical trajectory has taken him through a variety of groups and collaborations in the capacity of both a composer and a performer. He partnered with Mac McKenzie in the mid-80s to form the Genuines, a rock outfit that channelled the folk music of the Cape through punk.
He plays several instruments, though the keyboard is his main choice. Keyboard in the broadest sense though. From grand piano to synthesizers and computer sequencers, Hilton is at home on all of them.
Post-Genuines, Hilton immersed himself more deeply into jazz and was a member and contributing composer to Robbie Jansen’s Sons of Table Mountain. In the early 2000s, he performed with the Goema Captains of Cape Town and released his first solo album entitled No Turning Back on Mountain Records in 2003. He was the project leader of the South African/Swiss jazz ensemble Iconoclast in 2008.
In 2010, Hilton fought cancer, losing a kidney in the process. While in hospital, he heard what would become the composition “Rebirth” during a lucid dream- the title track of his 2015 album.
His sound has evolved into a thought-provoking and very personal style which he refers to variously as “landscape music”, “urban Khoi” and “crossover electronic”.
Hilton will be joined by Aldred Schilder for a never-to-be-forgotten musical experience at Tagore’s this Saturday.
Date: Saturday, 16 January 2016
Time: 9.30 pm
Tagore’s, 42 Trill Road, Cape Town