Kyle Shepherd – multi-instrumentalist, composer and band leader – is known internationally for his distinctive compositional style and sound. He has released six critically-acclaimed albums that include collaborations with well-known South African jazz artists such as Zim Ngqawana, Robbie Jansen and Errol Dyers. He received the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz in 2014, just 10 years after he appeared on the DSG stage as a member of the National Schools Big Band, and also won the UNISA National Piano Competition in 2015. He has become a global performer, featuring at significant festivals in Africa, Europe and Asia and well-known jazz clubs in places like Switzerland and Japan. His main focus in the past few years has been on composing film scores; with a growing discography, Shepherd earned a nomination for the 2017 South African Film & Television Award for Best Achievement in an Original Music Score in a Feature Film for his score for “Noem My Skollie”. His cutting-edge quartet challenges musical boundaries, and his compositions pay homage to his musical and cultural roots.
We are grateful to Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, the Swiss Arts Council and Fonds Podium Kunsten Performing Arts Fund NL for making this performance possible.
Kyle Shepherd (piano)
Justin Bellairs (sax)
Shane Cooper (bass)
Jonno Sweetman (drums)