The Kathleen Tagg /Andre Petersen Piano Duo brings together two of South Africa’s most celebrated pianists, one eclectic classical and one jazz artist, in a unique collaboration.
“PLAYING SOUTH AFRICA’S STORY….SOUNDING AFRICA’S SONG”
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Drawing from the rich sonic tapestries of classical music, and the nuances of South African jazz and indigenous musics from southern Africa, this duo explores diverse realms of possibilities within the sound world of the piano, with performances of original compositions and works by iconic South African jazz composers. More than just a meeting place of jazz and classical music, Where Worlds Collide, employs a spectacular array of additional elements, such as techniques Tagg has developed, using the piano from the inside out, including plucking, bowing and stopping the strings to create a magical world of new sounds. Petersen combines his classical training with his jazz career, while Tagg is a classical musician who improvises and writes music that crosses genres. The result is a bold, vital and highly entertaining mix of South African music.
After a successful run at the National Arts Festival, Vryfees and other sold out shows in 2015, the duo launched their much anticipated CD in 2016.
“Where Worlds Collide” is made up of a mixture of original compositions by both Tagg and Petersen, as well as works by titans of South African jazz; Abdullah Ibrahim, Moses Molelkwa and Bheki Mseleku.
Kathleen’s fifteen years spent living and performing in New York City’s contemporary music scene have inspired her to think of the piano in a totally different way, using the inside of the piano to create a unique sound world and creating music and shows that cross boundaries and genres effortlessly. A 2014 SAMA-nominee for best classical/instrumental album, she has performed on four continents with some of the world’s leading musicians, including Grammy-nominated duo partner David Krakauer. Venues include many appearances at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, where she gave her acclaimed solo debut. Her recorded work can be heard on NAXOS, Universal, Gallo Africa, Ossia Records and Table Pounding Records labels.
Andre’s years working with the finest South African and international jazz musicians are combined with his experience on the European and international jazz scene. In addition to performing with his own groups and iconic South African musicians such as Winston Mankunku, Feya Faku, Robbie Jansen and many others, being based in Belgium for a few years, Andre has also worked with a musically diverse group of artists such as Grammy award winning World music group Zap Mama, Jazz musicians Reggie Washington (Roy Hargrove/Branford Marsalis), Dre Pallemaerts (Joe Lovano/Toots Thielemans), Stefon Harris (Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Barron) and many others.
Their first album, “Where Worlds Collide” was launched in South Africa in March 2016. Get it here.