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SOLD OUT Norval Concerts: Abdullah Ibrahim

September 15 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

 Norval Foundation’s Concert Series is proud to present: Abdullah Ibrahim
Abdullah Ibrahim, South Africa’s most distinguished pianist and a world-respected master musician, was born in 1934 in Cape Town. His early musical memories were of traditional African Khoi-san songs and the Christian hymns, gospel tunes and spirituals that he heard from his grandmother, who was pianist for the local African Methodist Episcopalian church, and his mother, who led the choir. The Cape Town of his childhood was a melting-pot of cultural influences, and the young Dollar Brand, as he became known, was exposed to American jazz, township jive, Cape Malay music, as well as to classical music. Out of this blend of the secular and the religious, the traditional and the modern, developed the distinctive style, harmonies and musical vocabulary that are inimitably his own.

Recently, Abdullah was named a Jazz Master as part of the 2019 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), alongside Maria Schneider and Stanley Crouch. Previous recipients of this award include Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Herbie Hancock. His latest album, The Balance, celebrates his work with long-time band Ekaya and was released in late June 2019. Recorded at London’s RAK Studios by the legendary Tony Platt, the album reached #3 in the US Billboard jazz charts and was described by NPR’s Fresh Air as “graceful… (with) equal measures of force and restraint, of dense clusters and open space.

Abdullah Ibrahim remains at his zenith, as a musician and a tireless initiator of new projects.

Join us for a night of legendary South African Jazz, with the option of a 3-course dinner before the show at The Skotnes Restaurant.

  • Tickets cost R550 for the show, including 3-course dinner.
  • Tickets cost R350 for the show only, excluding dinner.
  • Dinner commences at 17:00 sharp, and the show starts at 19:30.
  • General Members and Art Club Members get 10% discount on dinner tickets.
  • All tickets are inclusive of admission to our galleries.





The Norval Foundation Concert Series is brought to you in partnership with Eastern Acoustics, who provide a masterful audio and visual experience.

For more information go to www.easternacoustics.co.za

Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos supply each concert with exclusive Fazioli pianos.

Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos has been selected by Fazioli as their sole dealer for South Africa, and offers this new benchmark instrument to musicians and piano buyers, as well as for performances at Norval Foundation.

For more information go to www.ianburgess-simpson.com


September 15
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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