Jazz and classics at Spier

Kyle Shepherd Trio

The inaugural South African Jazz and Classical Encounters Festival @Spier takes place on Saturday November 23. First up is the Kyle Shepherd Trio, with Shepherd (piano), Shane Cooper (double bass) and Jonno Sweetman (drums), who will open the one-day festival at 2pm (gates open at 1pm).  Next up will be the Night Light Collective, with an eclectic mix of original works. After that it’s Afrika Grooves with The Tune Recreation Committee, which features Clement Benny on drums, Nicholas Williams on bass, Reza Khota on guitar,  and Mandla Mlangeni on trumpet.  Violist and composer, Jan-Hendrik Harley’s Ensemble Je ne Comprends Pas, takes to the stage next, with Liesl  Stoltz (flute), Visser Liebenberg (clarinet), Dave Thompson (trumpet),  Gene Kierman  (French horn, Nick Green (trombone), Frank Mallows (percussion), Nina Schumann (piano), Annien Shaw (violin), Petrus Coetzee (viola), David Pinoit (cello) and Marichen Meyer (double bass).  Ending the show will be trumpeter/vocalist Mandisi Dyantyis. Tickets cost R380 from Quicket.