Sheer Sound is proud to announce that Kyle Shepherd has been named the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Jazz! The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards recognise young South African artists who demonstrate outstanding artistic talent.
The twenty-six year old Cape Town-born virtuoso has already released three critically-acclaimed South African Music Award-nominated albums, namely ‘fineART’, ‘A Portrait of Home’ and ‘South African History !X’, and is steadily gaining a reputation internationally as one of South Africa’s most influential and inventive Jazz pianists and composers of his generation.
Shepherd is set to launch his debut solo piano album, which was recorded in Japan in September 2012, in the East- Asian country during November 2013.
Apart from South Africa, Shepherd has also performed in Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, France, Denmark, Malaysia, China, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe, with notable concert appearances at the 2013 Festival d’Automne à Paris (France), The Bird’s Eye Jazz Club (Switzerland), Der Sendesaal, (Germany), Reformierte Dorfkirche Kleinhüningen (Switzerland), Hallenbad Kultur Am Schactweg, Wolfsburg (Germany), Klubschule St. Gallen (Switzerland), Shikiori (Japan), The Aarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark), Jazzwerkstatt Festival Bern (Switzerland), The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (South Africa), The Tianjin International Jazz Festival (China) and The Riverboat Jazz Festival (Denmark).
Jazz E and fineART Music in association with The Wits Theatre (with support from Sheer Sound) will present The Kyle Shepherd Trio featuring Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper (the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Jazz) on double bass and Jonno Sweetman, at the The Atrium, Wits University on Saturday 19 October 2013 at 8pm. Bookings can be made via Strictly Tickets, online at www.strictlytickets.com or by calling 082 553 5901.