Globe-trotting sax man to light up Gugs

Globe-trotting sax man to light up Gugs

Saxophonist Abraham Mennen will be playing at kwa Sec, NY 138 no.52 in Gugulethu this Sunday, July 8, from 4pm as part of the Jazz in the Native Yards gigs supported by Concerts SA.

Concerts SA is providing opportunities for creative performances interchanges between South African rising stars and those from Australia. Mennen is a South African saxophonist, improviser, composer and multi-discipline artist living between New York and Cape Town.

He will perform with fellow South African jazz musicians Reza Khota on Guitar, Clement Benny on Drums and Ariel Zamonsky on Double Bass.

Mennen mostly plays jazz, improvised and experimental music. He has worked with Louis Moholo, William Parker, Oliver Lake, Joe Morris, John Lockwood, Herbie Tsoaeli, Kesivan Naidoo, Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, Cooper-Moore, Shabaka Hutchins and many others. He has recorded with William Parker and is an active member of several of his ensembles.

He has enjoyed a varied musical career thus far. As a classical soloist, he won gold medal at the ATKV Muziq 2011, Overall Winner at the Wakkerstroom Music Festival 2012 and performed concertos with the London Contemporary Orchestra, The Royal College of Music Chamber Orchestra, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra and the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic. Other areas of music include performing with conceptual performance outfit The Brother Moves On, being musical director of the Korean music group Hapum Haneun Hama, saxophonist in the psychotropical punk band Escarioka Crew, building and curating his own sound installations, and composing and recording for animations, short films and advertising. He is an alumni of the Royal College of Music, London and the New England Conservatory, Boston.

Abraham is currently living and performing in Cape Town. He is a founding member and the musical curator for the intersectional creative space The Interim.

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