Jazz & Opera by the Charl du Plessis Trio is a recorded performance of standards and opera arias arranged in the signature crossover style of this award-winning jazz trio featuring Charl du Plessis (piano), Werner Spies (bass) and Peter Auret (drums). The project was recorded live at Sumo Sound Studios in Johannesburg in June 2020 during level 3 of the National lockdown. Works featured on the programme include famous arias from operas like Tosca, Nabucco and Carmen intertwined with jazz standards like Take the A Train, I Love Paris and Duke Ellington’s C Jam Blues. The Charl du Plessis Trio has won two SAMA Awards and recorded seven albums. The trio, which was founded in 2007, perform regularly at festivals and concert halls across South Africa and in Europe and Asia.
Piano: Charl du Plessis
Bass: Werner Spies
Drums: Peter Auret
Concept & Musical Arrangements: Charl du Plessis
Recording, Mixing & Mastering: Peter Auret
Videography & Editing: Charl du Plessis & Peter Auret
Piano Technician: Rudolf Strydom for Piano Industry”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
As one of the most recognisable musical ensembles in South Africa today, the Charl du Plessis Trio has contributed to the resurgence in the popularity of crossover music from Zeerust to Zürich, Stellenbosch to Shanghai. They have won major music awards including a Fiësta, 2 SAMA awards and a Ghoema for Best Instrumental Album. This trio frequently performs in Europe and Asia as well as at major music festivals in South Africa. Highlights include Grachtenfestival – the Netherlands, Musikdorf Ernen – Switzerland, and Standard Bank Joy of Jazz – Johannesburg.
Formed in 2006 the scope of the Charl du Plessis Trio’s musical diversity is what makes their endeavours truly unique. Performing in styles ranging from classical, jazz, rock, pop to even salsa, reggae and Latin they have recorded seven independent albums and will release their new album, Imagine in the fall of 2020. This musical unit consists of pianist Charl du Plessis, bassist Werner Spies and drummer Peter Auret.
Charl du Plessis is a Steinway Artist with an extensive performing schedule who holds a Doctorate of music from the University of Pretoria under Joseph Stanford. He is the first pianist ever to perform on Table Mountain, has performed on 4 continents ranging from classics with leading symphony orchestras to jazz and pop. He has performed on the stages of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie with pianist Joja Wendt and the Berlin Philharmonie for an impromptu performance with Chick Corea. He has been the collaborative pianist with singer/songwriter Nataniël since 2000 performing in more than 120 stage productions per year.
Werner Spies studied at TUT and is one of the top free-lance jazz bass players in South Africa. He is a lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology and successful young entrepreneur, co-owning the Haloa coffee shop chain in Pretoria. Werner is currently reading for his master’s degree in Musicology.
Peter Auret is a specialist jazz drummer who have performed internationally with leading jazz musicians and was the drummer for the band Watershed. He is a SAMA award winning sound engineer and sought-after record producer for many top South African musicians. He owns Sumo Sound recording studios in Johannesburg.
For more information visit www.charlduplessis.com