Kesivan Naidoo described on the Carnegie Hall website as “one of the exciting leaders of the next wave of Cape jazz performers”, is the first artist in residence at Johannesburg’s newest jazz club The Orbit.
Kesivan Naidoo started playing the drums at age 11, playing his first festival with the Webster Jazz Quintet at the Hogsback Arts Festival three years later. After this rapid progression into the world of music, Kesivan went on to become the youngest winner of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship competition as well as the 2009 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz.
Kesivan Naidoo used his SAMRO Overseas Scholarship to study at Rhabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, India where he studied under sitar guru Sanjay Bandophadyah. At home, he spent a few years under the mentorship of internationally acclaimed drummer Lulu Gontsana.
Kesivan & The Lights, formed in 2009, first performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown where Kesivan was celebrated as the year’s Standard Bank Young Artist winner. Five years later this group is headed to play at Carnegie Hall on 30 October 2014.
This week, Kesivan Naidoo becomes the first artist to hold a residency at The Orbit, the premier jazz club in Johannesburg. The Orbit opened in March 2014, and is named after Clarke Terry’s 1958 recording “The Orbit”. This residency begins today, 30 September 2014 with Kesivan leading The Orbit’s jam session. The week long residency ends on Sunday evening.
The rest of this week’s residency programme at The Orbit is as follows (all gigs starting at 20:30) :
Tuesday 30 Sep 2014: The Orbit Jam Session led by Kesivan Naidoo – R50
Wednesday 1 Oct 2014: Kyle Shepherd, Shane Cooper & Kesivan Naidoo – R 120
Thursday 2 Oct 2014: Feya Faku, Shane Cooper, Kyle Shepherd & Kesivan Naidoo – R 120
Friday 3 Oct 2014: Carlo Mombelli’s Storytellers Quartet (Carlo Mombeli, Kyle Shepherd, Kesivan Naidoo & Mbuso Khoza) – R 120
Saturday 4 Oct 2014: Kesivan Naidoo & The Lights, CD launch with Feya Faku, Reza Khota, Kyle Shepherd, Shane & Sydney Mnisi – R 120
Sunday 5 Oct 2014: Kesivan Naidoo & The Lights, CD launch with Feya Faku, Reza Khota, Kyle Shepherd, Shane & Sydney Mnisi – R 120
For bookings & general enquiries:
+27 11 339 66 45
*The term Kesidency, coined by fellow Standard Bank Young Artist winner Shane Cooper, thank you Shane :)