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Feya Faku Quintet: Le Ngoma

This quintet tells a story of friendship and longstanding cooperation between South Africa’s prime horn player Feya Faku and his Swiss friends, who themselves have been working together in a great diversity of projects for some twenty years.

Feya Faku:
Trumpet, Flugel horn
Domenic Landolf: Tenor, Flute, Bass clarinet
Jean-Paul Brodbeck: Piano
Fabian Gisler: Bass
Dominic Egli: Drums

Feya Faku – there is no need to introduce this man to a South African audience. Feya has marked the South African scene from the 1990s. A true master of his trade he sets the standard for musicianship, exceling on all levels. His most recent album Le Ngoma recorded with this line-up in Switzerland in 2013 is a celebration of OUR music and is driven by the energy of joy and desperation coping with the challenges life throws at us. Once more an album with healing power.

Domenic Landolf, one of the finest tenor players Switzerland has to offer, has a long lasting relationship with South Africa that started with a tour of the band Mats-Up in 2005, followed by the Swiss South African Jazz Quintet in 2007 and he has been involved with numerous South African artists visiting Switzerland among them Marcus Wyatt. His trio CD New Brighton, obviously, is a tribute to his cooperation with Feya Faku.

Jean-Paul Brodbeck has proved his stylistic versatility in diverse formations. He was one of the principal founders of the experimental hip-hop group Chapter 12 and has been collaborating on and off with the great tenor player Andy Scherrer, who has considerably contributed to his musical development. From 2007 through 2010, Brodbeck was a member of the quartet headed by renowned Austrian guitar player Wolfgang Muthspiel. These days he works with Johannes Enders’s quartet, featuring the drum legend Billy Hart. Brodbeck often performs in trio, works as a sideman in different formations, and teaches in the Jazz Department at the Conservatory of Music in Lucerne, Switzerland. As a Leader he released eight albums.

Fabian Gisler was marked by some of South Africa’s jazz legends when as a kid he explored his mom’s record collection. Ever since his first collaboration with Mac McKenzie in 2005 he has enjoyed the collaboration with various musicians from the country such as Feya Faku and Marcus Wyatt. In recent years Gisler has been most involved with the radical and highly successful Rusconi Trio which on the basis of a solid musical friendship has been stretching the limits of jazz in all directions.

Dominic Egli’s recent album Fufu Tryout recorded in 2013 with Feya Faku is a tribute to his friendship and collaboration with artists from the continent who have marked his musicianship and compositions. Egli has been involved with a great number of South African artists from Feya Faku to Mac McKenzie since his tour in the country with the band Mats-Up in 2005. This is one of the finest drummers Switzerland has to offer!

Performance dates:
9th September, Friday
7pm Steve Biko Centre, Ginsberg/King Williams Town

10th September, Saturday
7pm Miriam Makeba Centre, East London

11th September, Sunday 
4pm Port Elizabeth Opera House [The Barn]

14th September, Wednesday
7:30pm Beethoven Room, Rhodes University

17th September, Saturday 
6:30pm  Joy of Jazz – Dinaledi Stage, Sandton Convention Centre