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JAMES GRACE AND SAUDIQ KHAN IN ANDALUCIAN NIGHTS
 
Friday 3 November 19:00
 

For the first time ever at the Brooklyn Theatre acclaimed guitarist James Grace is joined by Flamenco maestro Saudiq Khan in Andalucian Nights. Andalucian Nights features original flamenco guitar music by Saudiq Khan, arrangements of flamenco-inspired classical music by composers including Isaac Albéniz, Joaquin Turina and Joaquin Rodrigo performed by James Grace, combined with a contemporary mix of Spanish music for two guitars uniquely arranged by Grace and Khan by luminaires such as Paco de Lucia, Al di Meola and the Gypsy Kings.

James Grace

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Friday 3 November 19:00

Block A (Adult) - R160   Block B (Adult) - R140
Block A (Senior) - R140   Block B (Senior)- R120
Children/Scholars/Students R100  

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Brooklyn Theatre (012 460 6033)
Greenlyn Village Centre
C/o Thomas Edison and 13th Streets
Menlo Park

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JAMES GRACE, Guitar

KANNA Award winner for Best Male Artist at the 2010 ABSA KKNK, and more recently KykNET Fiesta winner, James Grace is one of one South Africa’s leading concert artists. In recent years he has appeared with the Cape Philharmonic, the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic, the Johannesburg Festival, the Johannesburg Philharmonic, the Gauteng Philharmonic and the Free State Symphony in concerti by Rodrigo, Villa – Lobos, Tirao, Stephenson, Giuliani and Vivaldi.

A regular performer at the major arts festivals and concert series, James’s schedule frequently takes him throughout Southern Africa, Europe and the U.A.E. James was the soloist in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and Pieter Daniel at Kirstenbosch’s Summer Concert Series, and subsequently James joined forces with Jonathan Crossley to give the South African premiere of Rodrigo’s Concierto Madrigal for two guitars with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Alessandro Crudele.

Born in England, James began playing the guitar aged seven. He immigrated with his family to South Africa at the age of ten and continued lessons with the late Dietrich Wagner. James then studied at the Royal College of Music in London as a Foundation Scholar with Carlos Bonell. Upon graduating he became the first guitarist in the history of the College to receive the Tagore Gold Medal, an annual award presented to the most outstanding student.

After spending two years in Doha, in the Arabian State of Qatar where he taught guitar at an International Music Centre, James returned to South Africa and was appointed Head of Classical Guitar Studies at the University of Cape Town’s College of Music.

James has recently released his fifth solo album, World Café, under his independently owned and operated record label, Stringwise Records. His previous two releases Sevilla – Music of Spain II and Café Latino both topped the Classic FM Top 20 South African Charts and earned James SAMA nominations for Best Popular Classical Album and Best Instrumental Album respectively.

As an entrepreneur and concert organiser, James often hosts and performs with visiting artists. In 2015 James toured South Africa in a series of duo concerts with UK-based Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanksi. James also appeared in concert with Cinzia Milani (Italy), Goran Krivokapic (Germany) and Chloe Murphy (London).

Locally James works with a number of artists in a variety of projects. These include KZN-based Christopher Duigan (piano), Johannesburg-based Jonathan Crossley (guitar) and Bridget Rennie-Salonen (flute) from Cape Town.

James is in the final stages of setting up the Stringwise Young Artist’s Trust, with the aim of assisting young artists from across the country produce their own albums and offer bursaries for overseas study.

www.jamesgrace.co.za

SAUDIQ KHAN

Saudiq Khan is a proudly South African and respected Concert Flamenco Guitarist - a product of District Six of the 60’s in Cape Town, he was exposed to the colourful Cape Culture from an early age. He was inspired by the passionate sounds of the Flamenco guitar and once in his teens was determined to learn the music he loved. He had to leave school when he was 15 to help support his family who were forcibly evicted from District Six due to the apartheid regime. His first job was as a mailroom delivery boy in a printing business and being a car fanatic, he managed to save enough to buy a broken down VW Beatle. Discovering he had a skill for fixing cars, Saudiq approached a local Flamenco Guitarist, and bartered working on his cars in return for lessons – it wasn’t an easy time for the young teenager but Saudiq’s passion to learn to play flamenco overcame the odds stacked against him.

In 1989, having worked his way up in the printing industry, Saudiq was given the opportunity to travel to Lisbon to help run a quick print shop. At weekends he took the train to Seville, then considered to be the hub of the Flamenco World, to experience his passion for the genre. While there, he spent some months studying under various Flamenco Maestros, learning their technques and absorbing the music and culture.

On his return to South Africa, Saudiq became involved with the Wilvan School of Dance under the direction of Veronica Williams in Cape Town bringing his experience to local theatres and becoming well known for his fiery Flamenco touch. In 1992 he started his own Flamenco Guitar School to promote Flamenco Guitar playing amongst local enthusiasts and into his community.

Saudiq is currently one of the few Flamenco Guitarists in South Africa concentrating on solo flamenco guitar concert performances and collborations.

South African audiences flock to hear his passionate flamenco rhythms and original compositions. He models his playing on his hero of the flamenco guitar – Maestro Paco de Lucia, who together with Rafael Riqueni, provided Saudiq with inspiration to compose his own work. He has subsequently released 2 albums with mostly original compositions.

Currently Saudiq is working on exciting collaborations with world class musicians and developing his concert repertoire in preparation for the international stage. He is also busy composing new material for his next album.

Three of Saudiq Khan's compositions from his first album Pure Soul: Por Manolo (the title track), Ami Padre and Andaluz, were included in the soundtrack of the movie "Confessions of a Gambler".

 
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