Through his new project “In Motion” a collaborative guitar duo with Swiss virtuoso Théo Duboule, former artist in residence Vuma Levin aims to explore the contradictions that emerge out of the tensions between the national and the global in a technologically driven world.
Aesthetically, they will draw from historically significant, traditional and urban syncretic South African forms including, Nguni-Sotho choral and gourd bow song, Marabi and Ghoema, exploring the possibility of fusing these forms with jazz, pop and other improvised music. Further, they will explore sound design by making use of prepared instruments, loops, effects and samples, all towards extending the sonic possibilities of the guitar duo format.
Beginning his studies in jazz at age 18, Vuma received lessons from the South African Jazz guitar legend, Johnny Fourie. He completed a National Diploma at the Tswane University of Technology going on to be presented with the best Guitarist Award(2008).
Levin, has performed with some of the top musicians in South Africa and abroad including: Feya Faku, Herbie Tsoeli, Nduduzo Makhatini, Marcus Wyatt, Ayanda Sikade, Bokani Dyer, Benjamin Jephta, Tumi Mogorosi, Benjamin Herman (Netherlands), Thijs Borstein (Netherlands), Maarten Hogenhuis (Netherlands), Mark Schilders (Netherlands) and more.
The duo will showcase in venues arcrossJohannesburg from 8 to 11 November, The tour will include a guest appearance by Swiss saxophonist Benedikt Reising.
8 November: The Orbit. More details here.
9 November: Sophiatown. More details here.
10 November: Roving Bantu Kitchen. More details here.