“HALLES KOMET” – SOUTH AFRICAN / NORWEGIAN ACOUSTIC JAZZ COLLABORATION TO TOUR SOUTH AFRICA AND NORWAY 2014/2015 featuring Award-Winning SA Jazz Pianist Andre Petersen and acclaimed Norwegian Saxophonist and Educator Morten Halle and other special SA music artists.
Norwegian saxophonist and music Professor, MORTEN HALLE, has been an important part of the Norwegian Jazz community for the last few decades. Described by Norwegian press as “always exhibit[ing] an original voice”, Halles Komet is the collaborative effort of Halle and acclaimed SA jazz pianist, Andre Petersen. Together with gifted double bassist Edvard Askeland, and the young tour de force drummer Torstein Lofthuis, this project has recorded the highly acclaimed album, HALLES KOMET, on the Curling Legs record label (2007).
Sonically imbuing nuances of acoustic, eclectic, and modern jazz with local music influences from the Cape to Nordic cultures, this group presents an intelligent and engaging musical conversation of worlds far and intimately close to the language of jazz improvisation. In addition to acclaimed performances at Bergen Jazz Festival, Oslo Jazz Festival and Standard Bank Grahamstown Jazz Festival, this group has also performed at concert halls in Sweden and Norway.
For the South African tour, the ensemble will be joined by iconic jazz trumpeter Feya Faku and rising star in SA jazz voice Mihi Matshigana, who will both perform at the prestigious District Six Museum’s 20th Year Celebration Concert. Young lion, Darren English (trumpet) now residing in Georgia, Atlanta, will join the group at the Nassau concert in Newlands. Also featuring at these concerts is well-known Norwegian bassist Edvard Askeland and all-round SA drummers Kevin Gibson and Heinrich Goosen.
‘HALLES KOMET’ South African Tour:
THE CRYPT JAZZ RESTAURANT 5/6 DECEMBER
JAZZ AT NASSAU 7 DECEMBER
THE DISTRICT SIX MUSEUM 12 DECEMBER
MORTEN HALLE: SAX
ANDRE PETERSEN: PIANO
EDVARD ASKELAND: DOUBLE BASS
KEVIN GIBSON: DRUMS 12 DECEMBER
HEINRICH GOOSEN: DRUMS 5/6/7 DECEMBER
SPECIAL GUESTS: FEYA FAKU (TRUMPET) 12 DECEMBER
DARREN ENGLISH (TRUMPET) 7 DECEMBER
MIHI MATSHIGANA (VOICE/POETRY) 5/6/12 DECEMBER