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collaborating with other artists and performers came about regularly throughout my career. i cherish a range of well-respected performers that i did fully-improvised performances with in the past, some of whom i still go on stage with at regular intervals.

my skills as a music creator with a mobile high-end studio have been utilized in the creation of numerous soundtracks - for anything from theatre pieces, poetry performances, video work and films. along with Joke, we also worked with action painters, a graphic projection artist and more musicians. other examples include land-artists, photographers, installation art, dancers, experimental and classical musicians.

a couple of times throughout the last 20 years i have been appointed music director for high profile events, as well as special residencies during seminars, where both my artistic skills as well as my views on broader human matters come into play.




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South Africa

Lara Kirsten (performance art, classical piano)
Rexleigh Bunyard (classical piano)
Anton Cawthorn-Blazeby (violin)
Rayelle Goodman (violin)
Derek Gripper (classical guitar)
Paul Hanmer (jazz piano)
Tossie van Tonder (dance, performance art)

Europe

Andy Fierens (performance poetry)
Geert Oldenbeuving (Action Painting)
Paul de Maeyer (organ, piano)
Gert Anklam (saxophone)
Anait Defuster (classical piano)
Tali Farchi-v.d Wouden (action painting)

North America

Audri Phillips (digital art)
Peter Bartels (trumpet, flute)
Jan Seiden (american indian flutes)
Eric Leonardson (electronic music)

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S O U N D T R A C K S




The Knysna Elephants (TV Documentary)

Filmed and directed by Mark van Wijk (Digital Productions, Cape Town). Broadcast and distributed by Animal Planet TV

Migrations Sensed (Immersive Dome Digital Art Projection)

Soundtrack in nine narrative parts, performed with improvised cello with 360 degree the digital projection art of Audri Phillips, Los Angeles Center Studios

Shakespeare's Hamlet (Student Production)

Directed by the late Peter Krummeck (University of Cape Town)

Gumbo (Deaf Theatre)

Remix Theatre Company, directed by Tanya Surtees

Green Bottles (Art Installation)

Artist: Maryanne Orr. installed at the Cultivaria Festival, Paarl, Sept 2008

Fish (Children's Theatre)

Direction: Stuart Palmer. Plettenberg Bay Primary School

 

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Foot Fantasia (Multi-media Project)

The third multi-media production in collaboration with Cathleen Schandelmeier and Chicago based musicians and poets, at the Peter Jones Art Gallery. A fun production, combing visuals and poems from South Africa and Chicago - anything to do with shoes and feet.

We, the Criminals (Improv Theatre)

Another improv theatre piece in collaboration with Nyebho Swartbooi, performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. We explored the feelings involved between a black criminal and his white victim.

The Stutterheim Engines Recording project

Stutterheim, Eastern Cape, where we are based since 2017, has an engine museum. I was approached by Hugh Jagoe, local resident then, to see what i can do with the clonking rhythms these old (in working condition) machines produce. The result of this was an album, "Stutters of Africa." Now that his is actually my valley, i would love to take this project further.

Skepping 7 the Musical

I took the challenge to express the first Genesis creation story as a multi-arts musical, with a recorded soundtrack as base. The soundtrack became a sort of symphony, graphically celebrating life on earth. The twice-performed production involved choirs, dancers, actors, visuals, organ and instrumental soloists..


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M U S I C .D I R E C T I O N




Woman of the Year National Awards Gala 2001

I was appointed by director David Moore to arrange some songs and to direct top local singers, including Sibongile Khumalo, Aviva Pelham and Gloria Bosman

Ukkasie Festival Gala Concert, Royal Albert Hall, London

Like WOTY 2002, i was thrown into the deep end of commercial Afrikaans music with this appointment. The massive (and drawn-out) event was or was not a success, depending on whom you talk to. I gained invaluable experience in working on a project of this magnitude and in one of the world's most loved concert halls.

Voortrekkermonument 60the Anniversary Festival Concert

The CEO of the Voortrekker Monument, ex-general Gert Opperman, trusted me to draw together a programme and performers of my choice to mark its 60th anniversary with a festive concert.. My focus was on Afrikaans music and poetry that reflected emotional high and low points throughout the history of the Afrikaner. the inclusion of performers of colour in this bastion of Afrikaner nationalism, drew backlash from right wing elements, but was firmly pushed back by the ex-general. instrumentalists, choir, poets and actors took part in a sweeping flow that culminated in the song i wrote for the Afrikaner of the 21st century: "Afrikaner is my Naam."

Ukkasie Festival Gala Concert, Royal Albert Hall, London

Like WOTY 2002, i was thrown into the deep end of commercial Afrikaans music with this appointment. The massive (and drawn-out) event was or was not a success, depending on whom you talk to. I gained invaluable experience in working on a project of this magnitude and in one of the world's most loved concert halls.

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S P E C I A L




Verdraagzaamheid (Belgian youth project in Tolerance)\

Flemish text was written for my song Her Time Has Come to promote social tolerance. A MUSEMIX project that culminated in a community choir concert with me singing and giving a talk on South Africa

Proctor's Theater, NY: "Dangerous Music" Artist-in-Residence

Series of workshops with local schools, culminating in mass choir concert, performing my semi-improvised work "I do not want to die until it is my time"

Creative Presence at the The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme

Peter Willis of Cape Town heard an interview with me on radio and called me in to be a kind of artist in residence at this prestgious seminar - as an experiment. The musical input worked well for some. My opinions were less palatible in this highly corporate environment and it was my introduction of sadness, where some thought i should cheer them up, that brought a halt to the experiment..

HA!Man in residence at the Peter Block Community Building Workshops in South Africa

Musical and intellectual input provided. Convened by Symphonia for South Africa.


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