PLURISM, the all-star contemporary jazz collective, is back on South African soil in December. This will be their second tour, having visited in July, which saw them playing to sold out venues and standing ovations, including at the Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival in Grahamstown.
Following their first two releases, Untitled Yet and Fufu Tryout, the collective will present their third album, More Fufu!, in a back-to-back six city tour across South Africa. The collective is formed around Swiss drummer Dominic Egli in collaboration with legendary South African trumpeter Feya Faku, bassist Fabien Iannone and Ganesh Geymeier on tenor saxophone.
Described as a ‘colourful declaration of love to Africa’, More Fufu! pays homage to the continent’s melting pot of musical and culinary offerings. The music expresses the band’s creative approach to jazz, which incorporates complex driving grooves and eruptive solos, with highlights of raw sensuality, explosive coolness and earthy playfulness.
Drummer Dominic Egli is both versatile and extremely energetic. He has been said to have a style which encompasses a dynamic spectrum, from full-throttle power to an airy intimacy. His influential compositions are deeply rooted in the jazz tradition and have seen him play with numerous international acts, as well as bands from his native Switzerland.
Feya Faku is one of the most respected artists on the South African jazz scene and has also found international acclaim, playing at festivals and clubs from the USA to Europe. He has released multiple albums and his trumpet has found its way into collaborations with such luminaries as Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku and Winston Mankunku Ngozi. Faku was the artist-in-residence at the Centre for African Studies at Basel University (Switzerland) in 2006, and he has a long history of working with Swiss musicians. He adds his characteristically warm, soulful sound and his supreme technical skill to this project.
Friday 15 December – The Orbit, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Bookings: +27 (0) 81 53 42 867 / +27 (0) 11 339 66 45 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 16 December – Fort Hare University Music Department, East London
Tickets: R100 normal, R20 University music students, R50 pensioners.
Sunday 17 December – The Chairman, Durban
Tickets: R150 Admission fee per person, deducted from food & drinks bill
Bookings: 079 753 6313 / email@example.com
Tuesday 19 December – Steve Biko Centre, King William’s Town
Tickets: R100 at the door / pre-sales R90 at Steve Biko Centre until 10 December
Bookings: Xolani – 043 – 605 6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 20 December – Lunga’s Jazz Place, Port Elizabeth
Thursday 21 December – Slave Church, Cape Town