Although the saxophone was invented in the 1840s, well before the origin of jazz music, it is predominantly associated with jazz, either as a solo instrument or in big bands. On the other hand, it has been quite popular with classical composers since the start of the 20th century and is featured in numerous works for orchestra, chamber ensemble or solo saxophone.

Matthew Lombard

Matthew Lombard

Both classical and jazz styles will be featured in a “musical stand-off” called Battle of the Saxes on Sunday 26 July 2015 at 15:30 in the Conservatory Hall, Potchefstroom. Karendra Devroop, a jazz saxophonist, will be pitted against Matthew Lombard, a classical performer. Their collaborators are the Evolution of 4 String Quartet and a combo consisting of Roland Moses (piano), Viwe Mkizwana (bass) and Dio Santos (drum kit).

Evolution of 4 String Quartet

The concert programme is divided into three segments. Each saxophonist will present his particular style, and everybody will then join in for the final item: a large new work by Noel Stockton for jazz and classical saxophone.

The production is supported by a grant from the Arts & Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity. This will be the third concert in the series, following performances during April at TUT and Wits. The final performance will be at Unisa in November.

The concert is sponsored by the Ferdinand Postma Library, NWU ensuring that the concert in Potchefstroom is the most affordable in the series.

Tickets at R75/R50 are available at the Conservatory in Thabo Mbeki Drive (tel. 018-299-1692), PUK Arts in the Heimat Building (F9) on the university campus (tel. 018-299-2844), Protea Bookshop on the Bult (tel. 018-297-1583), online at www.artema.co.za and www.facebook.com/NWU.Music, or 30 minutes before the concert at the box office.

Complete programme / Volledige program:
McCoy Mrubata — Merton’s Place
Merton Barrow — Cape Town
Abdullah Ibrahim — The Wedding
McCoy Mrubata — Cape Samba
JS Bach, arr. N van der Watt — Incisions
Astor Piazzolla — Oblivion
William Haubrich — Amampondo Suite
William Haubrich — African Beer
Noel Stockton — Holiday for Saxophones