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Rites, Rights and Riots performed at Jazz Centre

10 Nov, 2016

UKZN jazz lecturer, pianist and composer Neil Gonsalves.
UKZN jazz lecturer, pianist and composer Neil Gonsalves.

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music recently presented a performance of Rites, Rights and Riots by UKZN jazz lecturer Neil Gonsalves.

Pianist and composer Gonsalves performed excerpts from two open-ended song cycles: F(r)ee Fall and Scenes from a Wedding.

F(r)ee Fall comprises a collection of pieces that were composed during a ten-year period - a musician’s diary of the order, disorder and reorder of things in academic and other confined spaces.

Scenes from a Wedding is inspired by a series of family weddings and the celebrations and busy preparations that accompany them.

‘This ritual of communion, which occurred at the tail end of a six-week expedition of North America, is set against the backdrop of Trump’s wall, BREXIT, gun violence in the United States, #Blacklivesmatter, and Elon Musk’s self-driving cars and mission to realise human life on Mars,’ said Gonsalves.

The performance featured three short sets, highlighting different combinations by drummer and drum instructor at UKZN, Bruce Baker; current drum students Riley Giandhari and Jude Kenrick; UKZN alumni Ethan Naidoo (guitar) and Natalie Rungan (vocals); former student and bassist, Llewelyn Chetty; current students Phumlani Mtiti (alto saxophone) and Mokgethisi Nkotsi (trombone), and alumni and current students, Xolisa Dlamini (vocals) and Siyanda Zulu (trumpet).

Melissa Mungroo

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