TUNE RECREATION COMMITTEE
The Tune and Recreation has long held a presence in the Cape Town music scene. Formed in 2007 by group of college friends it features Keenan Ahrends on guitar, Nicholas Williams on bass, Claude Cozens on drums. The TRC is an ever changing and adaptable ensemble committed to building a musical bridge between the past, present and future in its inaugural outing at the Cape Town Jazz Festival it will also feature special guest appearance by critically acclaimed multi instrumentalist Mark Fransman on accordion, tenor saxophone and bass clarinet.
Cape Town–based TRC is an ensemble thattakes original tunes and reinventsnods from their influences to embracing vibrant underground music scene of drum and bass to Balkanology . Fusing imported sounds and exporting to their own flavour, either going into a Ghoema -tinged feel or just improvising around the melody. The T.R.C is the playground for the interrogation, assimilation and extended extemporisation from the canon of South African jazz heritage.
Mandla Mlangeni trumpet, Keenan Ahrends guitar, Nicholas Williams bass, Claude Cozens drums special guest Mark Fransman accordian, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone.
Mandla Mlangeni: trumpet, bandleader
Mandla Mlangeni is a trumpeter composer, bandleader with a host of skills ranging from teaching and performing to arranging and composing in diverse styles of music. Mlangeni is currently involved in composing and performing music with several projects in South Africa. Notably the 2016 production of Oratorio For A Forgotten Youth 2016 at the Artscape Opera House. He has toured extensively with the Cape Town Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess from 2009- 2014 with productions at the many opera houses in Europe. Mlangeni is a recipient of 2016 Artist In Residence in Bern, Switzerland. He was also a participant of the Take Five presented by SERIOUS Music UK at the Bore Place Residency in Kent England 2016. performed and collaborated with several distinguished jazz musicians such as Feya Faku, Louis Moholo, Barney Rachabane, Hotsix Mabuse, Hugh Masekela, Khaya Mahlangu and Afrika Mkhize, to name a few. Mlangeni is also a curator of several other initiatives in Johannesburg such the Monday Blues at the Bassline and a host of other concert series under the banner of Afrikan Freedom Principle. He is founding member of Amandla Freedom Ensemble 2016 SAMA nominated Best Jazz Album.
Claude Cozens: drums
Born on 27 February 1989, Cozens is fast establishing himself as one of South Africa’s most revered and sought-after drummers. He is also a talented pianist, composer and music tutor. "Cozens employs sentimental melodies and goema rhythms — dominant idioms in Cape jazz— in beautifully creative ways. His melodies lend themselves to modal exploration; his rhythms break up and fit themselves perfectly back together like puzzle pieces” - Gwen Ansell. During his professional career he has performed at numerous top performing venues and festivals in South Africa and abroad including, The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, The Edge of Wrong Festival, The Pan African Space Station, The South African Association of Jazz Education Festival, Victoria Jazz Scene, Oslo (Norway) and Kulturhus Trondheim (Norway) for Nelson Mandela’s birthday Celebration.
Keenan Ahrends is a Cape Town based Jazz guitarist, composer and educator. He completed his jazz performance studies at the University of Cape Town and the Norwegian Academy of Music, having studied under the likes of internationally acclaimed musicians including Jon Eberson, Eckhard Baur, Alvin Dyers, and Andrew Lilley. Ahrends has collaborated with established musicians including amongst others, Sony recording artist SOMI (USA), Salim Washington (USA), Louis Moholo, Andile Yenana, Carlo Mombelli, Afrika Mkhize, Herbie Tsoaeli, Buddy Wells, Mark Fransman, Shane Cooper, Siya Makuzeni, and Kevin Gibson. Ahrends is a regular performer on the South African music scene having appeared at various reputable Jazz venues nationally and abroad, including festivals and jazz clubs in Nigeria, Norway and Sweden. He has featured regularly on esteemed festivals here at home in South Africa, including the Joy of Jazz Festival (National Youth Jazz band), Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival, Cape Town International Jazz Festival and the Edge of Wrong Festival. Ahrends was commissioned to compose works for the Cape Town Goema Orchestra three years running and regularly performs his original compositions with his own popular 'Keenan Ahrends Trio'.
Nicholas is a Pianist, Bassist and composer from Cape Town, South Africa. He is an active member of the Cape Town jazz and popular music scene playing with various acts as a pianist, bassist. He is the leader of the Nick Williams Project for which he is the Pianist and composer and released his self-produced debut album “Light and Dark” in 2016. He is also a founding member of the band Zingara featuring Italian singer Francesca Biancoli and drummer Kurt Diedericks. He has performed with South African artists Mark Fransman, Buddy Wells, Rus Nerwich, Kesivan Naaidoo, Louis Maholo, Kevin Gibson, Bokani Dyer, Reza Khota, Jonno Sweetman, Andile Yenana, Yonela Mnana, Lee Thomson, Gavin Minter, Claude Cozens, Keenan Ahrends, Mandla Mlangeni, Alvin and Errol Dyers and has performed with award winning artists Vicky Sampson, Beatenberg and Tresor. He has performed all over South Africa and internationally in Belgium, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He also works as a composer, producer and session musician for various artists nationally and internationally.
A two time SAMA Award winning producer (South African Music Awards), FNB Vita Award winner, Standard Bank Young Artist award winner, Johnnie Walker Musician of the Year and UCT Adcock Ingram Jazz Award Winner. He has performed and worked with the likes of Pharaoh Sanders, Hubert Laws, Finley Quay, Françios Jeanneau, Tony Cedras, Sibongile Khumalo, Louis Moholo, Winston Mankunku, René McLean, Hein van de Geyn, Zim Nqwana, Gloria Bosman, Vicky Samson, Selealo Selota, Judith Sepuma, Errol Dyers, Jimmy Dludlu and Dave Young. And on the same stage with such jazz artists as Cedar Walton, Andrew Hill, Donald Brown, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Danilo Perez and Yusef Lateef.