By Claudia Mohr
On Friday night The Mahogany Room (79 Buitenkant street, Gardens), Cape Town’s newest live music spot, brings you a melting pot of musical instruments both acoustic and electronic in a performance by musician Markus Wormstorm’s lastest project The Wormstrom Ensemble. Expect an updated original take on classical music in a series of original compositions, dark in character and infused with popular social idioms and satire.
The Ensembles performance will combine a number of instrumentations, voice, samplers and synthesizers and will feature Kyla-Rose Smith (violin), Brydon Booton (double bass), Magdalene Minnaar (vocals) and Justin Carter (clarinet). The Wormstorm Ensemble performs two sets one starting at 8pm and one at 10pm. Tickets are sold strictly at the door for R60pp for one show, and R100pp for both. Doors open at 7pm.
If you in the mood for browsing a market while getting a music fix then drop by the Bay Harbour Market this weekend. On Friday evening the entertainment on offer is courtesy of Mother City guitar duo Kubu Strings, who will perform on the Brampton Sound Stage.
Comprised of classically trained musicians Pierre Fourie and Nizaar Allie, Kubu Strings strives to combine their definition of nouveau flamenco guitar with other genres such as jazz, bossa nova and classical, often over eastern and/or African beats. Look out for their original compositions. The market runs between 5pm and 9pm and has no entrance fee (31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay).
Then on Saturday night fans of veteran SA rocker Arno Castens can catch him live in action at The Baxter Concert Hall (Main Road, Stellenbosch). After nine studios albums, five with The Springbok Nude Girls, one with Bheltower and three flying solo, Carstens has finally split from his longstanding relationship with Sony Music to release his highly anticipated 10th album independently.
The album will feature songs written by the artist during his travels to New York and London as well as his time spent on the SA national touring scene.
It is anticipated to be released sometime this year, and will be produced by Arno and Brendan Jury. Saturday’s concert will feature a full band and starts at 9pm. Tickets cost R120pp available via the Baxter Theatre ticket office on 021 685 7880.
Also on Saturday music lovers can catch phenomenal singer and international songwriter Nianell in a bilingual performance entitled ‘My Heart/My Hart’ at the Barnyard Theatre (Willowbridge Life Style Centre, 39 Carl Cronje Drive, Tygervalley). The concert will feature her award winning songs, such as ‘Who Painted The Moon Black’ as well as 14 all new original compositions from her sixth solo album.
With a four octave vocal range and graceful ease on stage, Nianell fuses elements of folk, pop, rock and Celtic music in her own unique style. Don’t miss this opportunity to share in a intimate production that is bound to tantalize both your ears and heart strings. A great outing for a group of friends or even a romantic eve for two. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are R125pp. Booking is absolutely essential: 021 914 8898.