archetypes, ancestral voices, electric dreams

African instruments MAXIM STARCKE electric guitar, soprano
saxophone, electronics

12 Windsor Road
Kalk Bay
Tickets: R80 at the door
Bookings: SMS - 082 399 2322 or email words(at)telkomsa(dot)net

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Ruben Mowszowski’s essays at the boundaries of science and literature have been published in The Mail & Guardian, The Sunday Independent, Leadership, Geographical (UK), Resurgence (UK), Men’s Health, and his literary prose in Revue Noire, New Contrast, Vrye Weekblad, Cosmopolitan, in collection in Souls of Ancient Fish, and in the book Karoo Moons. Ruben was a prize-winning finalist in the Vita Short Story Awards, a finalist for the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award, shortlisted for the SACPAC National Drama Award, runner-up prize-winner of the South African Science and Technology Journalism Award, winner of the South African Science and Technology Journalism Award, and shortlisted for the EU Literary Award.

Dizu Plaatjies is the founder and former leader of the internationally celebrated South African group, Amampondo. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town School of Music and lectures there in African Music. Since leaving Amampondo he has started a new ensemble called Ibuyambo. Dizu and the new group have presented numerous shows in a number of European countries, and perform regularly in South Africa. Dizu is the son of an African traditional healer and has been initiated in the Xhosa/Pondo tribal tradition. His interest in African percussion music has taken him to numerous countries on the continent with the result that he now owns a substantial collection of handmade musical instruments from sub-Saharan Africa. His latest recordings entitled, Ibuyambo (2005) and African Kings (2008), illustrate this knowledge and interest.

Maxim Starcke is a multi-instrumentalist performing on guitar, saxophone, electric bass, laptop and electronics. He is a composer of contemporary classical-, electroacoustic- and soundscape-based music and is currently completing a Masters in Composition at the South African College of Music, UCT. Max has performed extensively - locally and internationally - and recorded with bands and projects of various genres since the late 1990s. Some highlights include: metal band Damnatia, SAMA-nominated Jazz group the Lisa Bauer Quartet (having recently performed at the 2011 Cape Town International Jazz Festival), world music/rock legends Starkravingsane, afro-funk outfit Alan Funk, improvisation and loop-based electro-acoustic soundscape music duo Howell & Starcke and most recently in an electroacoustic improvisation duo with percussionist Ronan Skillen (both of these respective duos having performed at the On The Edge Of Wrong Festival and regularly at The Forge), amongst a host of other musicians, artists, productions and projects. Max has also collaborated and worked with the La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre, performance artist Leila Anderson, theatre director Sanjin Muftic, film director Ben Collins, Norwegian improvisor Morten Minothi Kristiansen, MotSol, drummer Øyvind Skarbø and storyteller Torgrim Mellum Stene.

Please note seating is limited.

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