The Jazzy Rainbow, Saturday 23 September
This performance by the Burton Naidoo group of Kintsugi at The Jazzy Rainbow is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.
Durban’s The Jazzy Rainbow, in association with Concerts SA, launched its first straight jazz programme on the eve of Heritage Day in September, 2016 and is following up with the same concept in 2017. “#JazzyStraightAhead is about introducing regular, live, straight jazz concerts to our city in order to help keep the music alive,” says Oliver-Rene Haas. “
Durban-born pianist/composer/arranger Burton Naidoo is about to release his much awaited debut album, Kintsugi. The philosophical idea of Kintsugi (Golden Joinery) is the ‘art of embracing damage’ or ’recognising beauty in broken things. Broken pottery is mended using gold or silver infused lacquer, and the damage is seen as part of the history of that object. Burton Naidoo has revisited compositions that he wrote when processing a personal tragedy in 2010. The result of that being Sanctum. The music has now been rearranged for a 7-piece band which includes some of Durban’s most creative and innovative musicians, namely Leon Scharnick, Riley G, Dalisu Ndlazi and Phumlani Mtiti. He will also feature some brand new music.
Burton Naidoo started piano lessons at the age of 6 years old with Simon Kerdachi at the Simon Kerdachi Academy of Music, taking a keen interest in Jazz from an early age. Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Cecil Taylor and Andrew Hill are some of his biggest influences. The stylings of the Twentieth Century Composers, namely twelve tone rows, poly harmony and extended composition were also a huge influence on his compositional and so too the playing styles of Dimitri Shostakovitch, Alben Berg and Stockhausen, among others. In 2001 he enrolled into UKZN’S jazz program and spent four years under Mr. Darius Brubeck. He was also awarded a scholarship to study at the University of Artisten, Gothenburg, Sweden, where he took lessons with Anders Perrson and Peter Burman.
In 2005 he won the SAMRO Piano Competition and received funding for further international study. He has performed at The Rendezvous de L’Erde Festival in Nantes, France; The International Association for Jazz Educators Conference in Los Angeles; Nefertiti Jazz Club, Sweden; numerous World Music Festivals in Mozambique; Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Morocco. Locally he has played The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Oppikoppi, Splashy Fen, Woodstock and Emmarentia Festival, to name a few.
This forward thinking musician, who takes pride in the study and presentation of his art, has and continues to perform with some of South Africa’s finest musicians across all genres.
Date: Saturday 23rd September
Entrance: 7pm
Entrance fee: R70 including a free drink (T&C)
Bookings: phone 031-3038398 or email
The Jazzy Rainbow 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside
Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and audiences, and providing support to the sector through research and skills development for music professionals, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.
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