Three Cities come together at Wits

Joburg, New York and Cape Town ... 3 cities, 3 musicians coming together for a performance of mega proportions ...
Joburg, New York and Cape Town … 3 cities, 3 musicians coming together for a performance of mega proportions …

Joburg, New York and Cape Town … 3 cities, 3 musicians coming together for a performance of mega proportions …

Wits Theatre and Wits School of Arts/Division of Music present Three Cities with Jonathan Crossley (guitar), Jonno Sweetman (drums) and Lukas Ligeti (drums).

Johannesburg-based Jonathan Crossley, guitarist and cyber-protagonist returns to the Great Hall, Wits University, this month on 28 April for a once-off performance with world-renowned drummer and composer Lukas Ligeti and Capetonian drummer Jonno Sweetman. Lukas Ligeti is jetting in from New York where John Zorn’s new Stone club has just presented a week long retrospective of his work .Jonathan will perform on his unique cyber-guitar system, a newly hardware-hacked Suziki Omnichord as well as other paraphernalia while Jonno Sweetman will pack the surfboard away and bring his sticks – lately he even plays his Samsung Galaxy live!

As a classically trained guitarist, Jonathan Crossley’s most current work seeks to bring together the disciplines of classical music (expressed in nuance and fine motor movement), improvisation (in the collaborative free improvised musical forms) and the electronic modes of expression under the development of a performance system embedded and facilitated through a traditional guitar. The work aims not to create wholly new machine based music but rather extending and building on the centuries-old traditions through technological intervention and extension. This includes an extended guitar alongside a mechanical exoskeleton that can modify and change signals whilst improvisation and performance takes place.

Composer/drummer Lukas Ligeti lives in New York and Johannesburg, where he is completing a PhD at Wits under Prof Zaidel-Rudolph. Composition commissions have come from many sources including the Kronos Quartet and Bang On A Can. He has performed with John Zorn, Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Jonas Hellborg, members of Sonic Youth and the Grateful Dead. Lukas often leads or co-leads on several bands including Burkina Electric, the first electronica group from Burkina Faso, and has collaborated with musicians across Africa. In 2010, he received the Alpert Award in Music.

Jonno Sweetman is much in demand as a drummer and has played with Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner, Kyle Shepherd, and Wits graduate Rheza Khota. Jonno has, in addition, travelled beyond South Africa’s borders to perform in Europe and Asia.

Join this trio for improvisations with two drummers and a cyber-guitarist. Original works will also be played alongside deconstructive nostalgic takes on a couple of Nirvana tunes.

Miss it and you’ll miss it!

Free parking is available in Senate House; the entrance is on Jorissen Street, Braamfontein

PRODUCTION: Three Cities

VENUE: Wits Great Hall, East Campus, Braamfontein

SEASON: Tuesday 28 April 2015 at 19:00

RUNNING TIME: +/- 60 minutes no interval.


Full price = R80; discount price = R55 (students, pensioners and Wits staff). Tickets are available at the door. Full price = R85; discount price = R60 (students, pensioners and Wits staff).

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