Keenan Ahrends, a Cape Town-based jazz guitarist, will be leading his trio on their first national tour in the first week of September, in a circuit supported by Concerts SA’s Music Mobility Fund.
The Keenan Ahrends Trio consists of Keenan, Romy Brauteseth (bass) and Claude Cozens (drums). They will be performing Ahrends’ original music in cities across South Africa, including Durban.
A rising presence on the South African jazz scene for the last ten years, Keenan, who started playing music at the age of 15, studied at the South Africa College of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Music. During his tertiary studies, he studied under Jon Eberson, Eckhard Baur, Alvin Dyers, Andrew Lilly, and Mike Campbell.
He has since gone on to perform with the likes of Louis Moholo, Andile Yenana, Buddy Wells, Afrika Mkhize, Bokani Dyer and Kevin Gibson; is actively involved in composing and teaching; and has collaborated with Mark Fransman, Shane Cooper, Sony recording artist Somi (United States), Salim Washington (United States) and Kevin Gibson amongst others.
Keenan has performed at jazz clubs all over South Africa, and at clubs and festivals in Norway, Nigeria and Sweden. Notable performances in South Africa have been at the Joy of Jazz Festival in 2006 (National Youth Jazz Band), Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival (2006, 2015) and at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in (2007, 2015), Edge of Wrong Festival (2012).
Keenan has also been commissioned to compose works for the Cape Town Goema Orchestra (2012, 2013 and 2014) and regularly performs his compositions with his own trio.
In Durban he will be performing at the Jazzy Rainbow at 8.30 pm on September 2. Tickets are R100. For bookings contact 031 303 8398. On September 3, fans can join him at The Chairman at 10 pm. Entry is free.
In Johannesburg he will be performing at the Orbit Jazz Club on September 4 and 5 at 8.30 pm. Tickets are R120. To book call 011 339 6645. On September 6 the Trio will be at African Chef at 8 pm. For bookings contact: 012 661 3502.
In Cape Town, the Trio will be performing at the Straight No Chaser Jazz Club at 8.30 pm and 10 pm on August 29. Tickets are R80 for one set, or R140 for both. For bookings contact: 076 679 2697. On September 9 they will play at The Crypt at 7 pm. Tickets are R75. For bookings contact: 079 683 4658.
The Keenan Ahrends trio tour is made possible by the Concerts SA Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours. Administered by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian project housed under the auspices of the SAMRO Foundation; it receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SAMRO and Concerts Norway.