The Ildo Nandja Trio

The Jazzy Rainbow: Friday 7 July from 7pm

The Ildo Nandja Trio will perform at The Jazzy Rainbow in Durban’s Morningside on Friday 7 July as 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.

The trio comprises Ildo Nandja on upright bass and vocals, Neil Gonsalves on piano and Sibusiso Zondi on Drums.

Ildo Nandja is a double bassist, composer and educator from Mozambique. Currently he is based in Durban where he has been studying and working.  From a young age he engaged with playing music, starting with percussion instruments. Through his involvement in a local music and dance company, Ildo began playing the timbala, a traditional xylophone. His dedication led him to perform at festivals and events across Africa and Europe. Now recognised as an outstanding and disciplined jazz musician, bass player and soloist, Ildo has collaborated with countless international and local musicians across Southern Africa and abroad.

The audience should expect a concert that tells a story more like a painting. Ildo is exploring and trying new sounds allowing his band members to fully participate in the process. The result is a combination that produces and portrays his musical ideologies and experimentations.

“During the past few years I have been looking to further my studies in the field of jazz performance and education. I was recently accepted to the Masters programme at the Fontys Academy of Fine and Performing Arts in the Netherlands. I am motivated to take up this opportunity as I have a profound desire to develop my musicianship, collaborate with other artists and to advance as a jazz educator. This will be a totally new environment where I can be exposed to new challenges and learn from different perspectives.  Most of all I view this as an opportunity to represent those like me who come from a background and situation where there are few prospects of following a career and gaining qualifications in the arts. When I finish my studies I plan to continue working with young upcoming musicians around Durban, who like me, are developing their skills in pursuit of their dreams,” says Nandja.

To cover his tuition, Nandja has initiated a Crowdfunding campaign and he invites all his friends and fans to help to contribute. “My decision to run this Crowdfunding campaign came after I was awarded a partial scholarship that unfortunately does not cover the full cost of tuition. I realised I was going to need some help from my community! Of course there can be something in it for you. If you like you can purchase an online digital copy of my album on cdbaby.com/cd/ildonandja or directly through me at upcoming shows. You can also book me for workshops, studio session, a bass lesson or an exclusive concert in your home, workplace or community.  Every contribution, no matter how small, will go directly to covering the remaining tuition fees.   OBRIGADO!”

The Jazzy Rainbow, in association with Concerts SA, launched its first straight jazz programme on the eve of Heritage Day in September2016 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.

Listings:

Band: Ildo Nandja – Upright bass & Vocals, Neil Gonsalves – Piano and Sibusiso Zondi – Drums

Date: Friday 7 July

Time: doors open 7pm

Venue; The Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Rd,Morningside

Tickets: R 70 including a free drink (T&C)

Bookings: phone 031-3038398 or email jazzyrainbow@mweb.co.za

Concerts SA: 

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.

For more information please visit our website http://concertssa.co.za, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ConcertsSA or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConcertsSA.

Ildo Nanja bio:

Ildo Nandja was born in Maputo, Mozambique. From a young age he engaged with playing music, starting with percussion instruments. Through his involvement in a local music and dance company, Ildo began playing the timbala, a traditional xylophone. His dedication led him to perform at festivals and events across Africa and Europe. Now recognised as an outstanding and disciplined jazz musician, bass player and soloist, Ildo has collaborated with countless international and local musicians across Southern Africa and abroad.

During his studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, he went to Virginia Commonwealth University in the US three times as part of an on-going exchange between the institutions. In South Africa he has participated in the University of South Africa’s International Jazz School and lectured and performed at the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival. Ildo and his band also performed at the Caversham Mill as part of the Evening Jazz sessions. Ildo recently he accompanied his student ensemble to the Oslo Jazz Festival in Norway- 2016. He also headlined the More Jazz Series 6 festival in Mozambique -2016 alongside artists such as Zuzanna Stivali (Italy), Omar Sosa (Cuba) and Judith Sephuma (SA). Ildo Nandja is currently working on his second album, composing and writing new material. The album is to be released sometime this year or early next year. Although he is still promoting his debut album “Paz a Todos” which was well received by the local and international audience, Ildo is driven by the spirit of exploring his compositional skill to fit a trio format for which he is focusing on his writing.