Lisa Bauer Quartet performs with guests live

“Her set was a study in focused emotional dissection, her voice as clear and pure as mountain rainwater.” - extract from a review of the 2011 CTIJF performance by C. Loudon,

Jazz in South Africa is of a very high standard and “Finding a New Way” is an album that is one of those leaders.” - E. Alan, Jazz Rendesvouz Radio 2000

“…Lisa put her heart into this one as though she has witnessed how ‘the stars forgot to shine’…” - Carol Martin, South African Jazz Educators (SAJE)

Jazz vocalist Lisa Bauer presents a performance of music from her 2011 SAMA-nominated album Finding a New Way, featuring a stellar cast of highly revered South African Jazz musicians:

Lisa Bauer - vocals/compositions
Andre Petersen - piano
Chantal Willie - bass
Kesivan Naidoo - drums and cymbals

with guests:
Makeson Browne (Mark Fransman) - saxophones
Maxim Starcke - guitar

3 August 2012
19:45 for 20:00
12 Windsor Road, Kalk Bay
Booking essential. Reserve on 0731896040 via sms or phone call.
(1st five people to book stand a chance to win a copy of the album)
Tickets: R80 (R60 for students) also available at the door.

Selected accolades of the Lisa Bauer Quartet include performing on the Moses Mololekwa stage at the 12th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival in 2011, a SAMA nomination for ‘best traditional jazz’ in 2011, and excellent reviews of the 2010 album Finding a New Way. Vocalist and band-leader Lisa Bauer, runner-up in the SAMRO overseas singing scholarship competition in 2007, studied in the USA (NYC and SFO) with mentors, the legendary jazz vocalists Kitty Margolis and Dr. Gloria Cooper annually from 2007 to 2009 after receiving numerous scholarships and awards, and completed her Masters Degree in jazz vocal performance & research at the University of Cape Town in 2011.

The band members consist of some of the most in-demand jazz musicians on the SA Jazz scene today:

Andre Petersen in 2002, as part of the trio Rule of Thumb, was awarded first prize for the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Competition. His recording and performance credits include working with Grammy nominee, US vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonist Dave Liebman, Dave Young, Morten Halle, Opie Bellas, Soweto Kinch, Denys Baptiste, members of the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and Norwegian band Soyr. He has also worked with some of South Africa’s legendary musicians such as Winston Mankunku, Makaya Mtshoko, Feya Faku, Robbie Jansen, Judith Sephuma, Marcus Wyatt, Carlo Mombelli, Alvin Dyers, Errol Dyers and Jimmy Dludlu. Petersen performed as a featured artist at the CTIJF 2012 and was the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Piano Competition winner in 2010.

Chantal Willie, also an accomplished and beautiful vocalist, has performed and recorded as soloist, bandleader, and side-woman with artists that include; Toots Thielemans, Kirk Lightsey, Jeanne Lee, Hein van den Geyn, Mark Murphy, and Jack van Poll and others. Between 2003-2006 Chantal recorded and performed as bassist, vocalist and pianist with the Grammy nominated group Zap Mama, as well as being featured on their two latest albums, together with artists such as Eryka Badu, The Roots, David Gilmore, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Michael Franti, with live performances hosting Stevie Wonder, Tania Maria at Jazz Festivals around the world, including: North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Red Sea Jazz Festival (Israel), Montraeux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), WOMAD Festivals in New Zealand, Singapore and Australia, with extensive European and US tours, performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club (Japan) and the Blue Note Jazz Festival (Belgium).

Kesivan Naidoo, co-owner of The Mahogany Room jazz club, is a member of well-known SA groups Tribe, Babu, Restless Natives, Closet Snare and his own SAMA-nominated project Kesivan and The Lights. Kesivan received the National Endowment for the Arts’ SAMRO overseas scholarship and was the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Jazz in 2009. He has performed with, amongst others, Miriam Makeba, Selaelo Selota, Feya Faku, Bheki Mseleku, Jimmy Dludlu and Marcus Wyatt.

Mark Fransman (aka Makeson Browne) is well-respected as a saxophonist, pianist and producer, and has received numerous awards including the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz 2008, won two South African Music Awards as producer, and is a member of Strait ‘N Narro, Akoustic Knot and the Makeson Browne Quartet. He has performed with Pharaoh Sanders, Louis Moholo, Finley Quay, Winston Mankunku and Zim Ngqawana, Rene Mclean, Hubert Laws amongst others.

Maxim Starcke is a multi-instrumentalist, designer, sound artist and composer. He is involved in several music projects of diverse genres and soundscape art, performing in numerous bands including Starkravingsane, Damnatia and his own duo project with Ronan Skillen. He has recently collaborated with Norwegian- drummer Øyvind Skarbø, guitarist/bassist Morten Minothi Kristiansen and storyteller Torgrim Mellum Stene. Maxim is currently completing his masters degree in composition & research at the University of Cape Town, having interviewed American composer Ingram Marshall and Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset in 2010 and 2011 as part of the topic research. Max is also working on pre-production for his debut solo album.

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SAMA-nominated album Finding a New Way will be available for purchase at the concert for a special price. It is also available at Kalk Bay Books, all major fine music stores and through online order at