Shane Cooper (double bass), Jonno Sweetman (drums) and Kyle Shepherd (piano)
The Kyle Shepherd Trio will perform at the Wits Great Hall, Wits University, Johannesburg on Friday, 4 September 2015, 8pm.
The concert, presented by fineART Music in partnership with the Wits Theatre, forms part of a series of concerts that this acclaimed Trio will play as part of their highly anticipated Southern African Tour which was made possible by the generous support of the Concerts SA Mobility Fund. Performances will be held in Mozambique, Botswana and in major cities across South Africa, including Durban, Johannesburg, East London and Cape Town.
Fresh off a highly acclaimed Canadian Tour in June, this inspiring and inventive Trio featuring Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums, have already captivated audiences across South Africa, Canada, Switzerland and China.
“This was an impressive concert with a dramatic variety in dynamics and rhythms. I particularly appreciated the emotion and power the trio put into their performance: this was not the dry-as-dust technically perfect show I’ve heard from some New York players, but a joyous performance.” – Alayne McGregor, Ottawa Jazz Scene, CANADA
The award-winning Shepherd, recipient of the coveted ‘UNISA National Piano Competition Award  and the ‘Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year’ Award  in the Jazz Category, and arguably one of South Africa’s leading progressive pianists and composers of his generation, is fast gaining international recognition for his distinctive compositional style and performances.
The twenty-eight-year-old virtuoso pianist who has a well-established record of celebrated performances in South Africa, Europe, Asia and the USA has already released five (5) critically acclaimed albums in his young career, namely, ‘fineART’ , ‘A Portrait of Home’ , ‘South African History !X’ , ‘Dream State’  – all South African Music Award-nominated albums – and ‘Into Darkness’ .
Gita Pather, Director of Wits Theatre said: The Theatre is proud to host the Kyle Shepherd Trio as their music exemplifies the very best of South African jazz. Our university has an amazing Jazz Programme and it seems fitting that the Trio perform here.”
Friday, 04 September 2015, 20:00 – Wits Great Hall, University of Witwatersrand, (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa
Tickets: Online via Webtickets & at Pick ‘n Pay Stores: R110:00 [R80:00 for Students / Pensioners / Wits staff]
At the door: R120:00 [R 90:00 for Students, Pensioners / Wits staff]
Booking Info: Online www.webtickets.co.za & in-store at Pick ‘n Pay.