I love seeing musicians heading into a concert hall to hear other musicians – the Wits faculty were out in droves at the recent concert by award- winning jazz pianist, Andre Petersen, one of their colleagues.
The Andre Petersen Quartet played a concert at the Great Hall together with Kesivan Naidoo (percussion), Sisonke Xonti (saxophone), and Romy Brauteseth (bass).
Much of the material in the concert was new, original material by Petersen himself. Words of Perception, Vow to Praise, Cape Doctor, Djulle Ons en Julle were all interesting, but it was his gentle and unusual Time Watchers which will linger on in my aural memory.
Farlane by Ravel, Evidence by Thelonius Monk and Joy by Bheki Mseleku completed the programme.
All about Jazz wrote about Andre Petersen “…a compelling writer and lateral-thinking pianist…contemplative…playing both inside and outside the box, his delicate lines like gentle raindrops…” They sum it up well.
I thoroughly enjoyed the concert and judging by the enthusiasm of the audience and the standing ovation, it was a pretty general feeling.
TheWits Music Concert series for 2017 will see a variety of student concerts between now and the next profesional concert which is the Wits Trio with Malcolm Nay (piano), Zanta Hofmeyr (Violin) and Maciej Lacny (cello) on 20 August 2017 in The Atrium. The Wits Trio can also be heard at the Johannesburg Musical Society recital on 22 April 2017 in the Linder Auditorium.
The Andre Petersen Quartet concert was spoonsored by SAMRO Foundation and Concerts SA.