The inaugural South African Jazz & Classical Encounters Festival @Spier features some of the best South African jazz and classical artists in a blaze of contemporary music. It takes place on 23 November 2019.

South African Jazz & Classical Encounters Festival

Top class acts

The one-day festival begins at 2pm and will see jazz and classical icons alternate on stage  for the next seven hours. The line-up allows for refreshment and food breaks, and a chance to absorb the atmosphere of the beautiful Spier Wine Farm.

The show will open with the Kyle Shepherd Trio (pictured left) with Shepherd (piano), Shane Cooper (double bass) and Jonno Sweetman (drums), followed by classical composers-performers Reza Khota, Brydon Bolton, Matthijs van Dijk and Cara Stacey of the Night Light Collective and Mandla Mlangeni’s Tune Recreation Committee (Clement Benny/drums, Nicholas Williams/bass, Reza Khota/guitar, Mandla Mlangeni/ trumpet and Afrika Mkhize/piano and keyboard).

Next up will be violinist Jan-Hendrik Harley’s Ensemble Je ne Comprends Pas and bringing the show to an end will be trumpeter/vocalist Mandisi Dyantyis.

Says co-producer Aymeric Péguillan of Pegs Music Project: “This festival blending jazz and classical music is an idea whose time has come. Works to be played include compositions by the musicians themselves.”

The Mandisi Dyantyis Quintet at Hank’s

Péguillan, who is co-producer with Eastern Acoustics, says:  “Our concept enables audiences to get immersed into, and appreciate, two musical art forms that uniquely inform our South African identity.”

The amphitheatre at Spier is the venue for the showcase with several outlets for casual dining, or pre-booked picnics.

The schedule (doors open at 1pm):

  • 2 to 3pm – Kyle Shepherd Trio
  • 3.15 to 4.15pm – The Night Light Collective
  • 4.45 to 5.45 – Mandla Mlangeni’s Tune Recreation Committee
  • 6 to 7pm – Jan-Hendrik Harley Ensemble Je ne Comprends Pas
  • 7.45 to 8.45pm – Mandisi Dyantyis (pictured above)

What: South African Jazz & Classical Encounters Festival @Spier
Where, when: Spier, Stellenbosch, 23 November 2019
Tickets: R380 Quicket, Early bird R40 discount runs until 18 September 2019