TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2015: KYLE SHEPHERD TRIO (Improv Invitational Series) at National Arts Centre Fourth Stage - Fri Jun 26 2015 at 8:00 pm
Kyle Shepherd - piano
Shane Cooper - double bass
Jonno Sweetman - drums
In 2014, South African pianist and composer Kyle Shepherd won the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award for Jazz, toured the U.S. and Japan, and released two CDs (a trio double album and a solo record) while playing on two others by South African players (Carlo Mombelli’s Storytellers and Kesivan Naidoo’s Lights). He was only 27, but already his trio album Dream State (featuring his own compositions) was nominated for the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. Shepherd’s star is clearly rising very quickly. But in addition to his acclaimed musical chops, he is also a poet and a visual artist, two genres that he folds back into composing and playing jazz by combining painterly approaches to sonic textures with the verbal music of the language of African history and leaders who inspire him. His music, then, represents not just the melodies, but also the images and the voices of the land from which he comes.
General Admission / All Ages Welcome / No Refunds or Exchanges