Jazz at the 40th National Arts Festival #3: Karlheinz Miklin Trio

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This year 2014 sees the National Arts Festival celebrating its 40th anniversary. As usual the National Arts Festival includes the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival, in JazzE’s opinion, the only pure jazz festival in the South Africa. Today we publish the third in our series of 38 articles on the acts that you can see as part of this annual jazz festival.

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National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa

Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival Artist Profile #3:
Karlheinz Miklin Trio

Karlheinz Miklin plays with his Trio at DSG Hall, 6 July at 19:00 as part of this years National Arts Festival
Karlheinz Miklin plays with his Trio at DSG Hall, 6 July at 19:00 as part of this years National Arts Festival

At the 2014 National Youth Jazz Festival this year, Austrian born and raised Karlheinz Miklin (sax) forms a trio with Hein van de Geyn (bass) and Kesivan Naidoo (drums).

Miklin is a well respected Austrian jazz musician being voted “Austrian musician of the year” in 1983 and 84, as well as earning an honorary award for his work in Austrian jazz in 1990 and 10 years later in the year 200 he won the Grosser Josef Krainer Preis for his contribution to music in Austria. Since 1992 he has been recognised as an Associate Jazz Artist of the Royal Academy of London.

Master bassist Hein van de Geyn
Master bassist Hein van de Geyn

Karlheinz Miklin returns to Grahamstown 16 years after his last visit and brings with him a master of bass, Dutch musician Hein van de Geyn who is a bass player, composer and band leader. van de Geyn was awarded “best soloist” on the 1977 Laren Jazz festival after which he took up the double bass as a jazz musician. He has also received the Bird Award, the Prins Bernhard Fonds Music Prize and has been elected as “Best European Acoustic Bass Player”.

Kesivan Naidoo, Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2009 award winner.
Kesivan Naidoo, Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2009 award winner.

Joining the trio is South African drummer and former Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz winner, Kesivan Naidoo. Naidoo was invited to join the Alan Webster Quintet at just 15 years of age, and went on to join the Hotep Galeta Trio. Kesivan Naidoo was also the youngest person to win the Southern African Music Rights Organisation SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition. He completed a master’s degree in tabla and percussion, studying under Sitar guru, Professor Sanjay Bandophadyah. In October 2014, Naidoo will be performing at Carnegie Hall with his band Kesivan & The Lights.

The Karlheinz Miklin Trio perform at DSG Hall on 6 July at 19:00 – Tickets: R65

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.
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