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Venue: Haas

Date: 24 June 2011

Tucked away in the historic Bo-Kaap district of Cape Town is a place called Haas. A collective of creatives with one of the best coffee shops in town and an art gallery to boot. The place fit us like a glove.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this event set the tone for the future of City Soirée and the sort of performers we aim to present. Performers who are creative, daring, innovative and scarily talented. After two very successful prior appearances, friend and darling of City Soirée, Nina Fourie-Gouws returned to once again exhibit her virtuosic brand of Classical Guitar playing. She is equally comfortable in the company of such composers as Bach and Haydn, and their contemporary counterparts like Leo Brouwer or Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Another, albeit completely different, guitarist Righard Kapp performed his utterly unique and spellbinding musical compositions, using all means possible to create distortions, swells and a sonic vocabulary that most can only dream of. Completing the trio was Makeson Browne aka Mark Fransman, the multi-award winning multi-instrumentalist who showed why he is currently one of the most innovative artists on the South African jazz circuit. Giving an intense performance using in this instance only the melodies, pops, squeals and hisses of his solo saxophone,  a digital loop system, and spoken word.

Given the cold winter weather, we decided to collect blankets for the Salvation Army at this event.

Featured artists:

Nina Fourie-Gouws

Makeson Browne aka Mark Fransman

Righard Kapp