South Africa’s most distinguished pianist, Abdullah Ibrahim, will present two solo piano concerts at the Artscape theatre today Friday October 13 and tomorrow Saturday October 14.
The highly anticipated programme showcases Ibrahim’s compositions spanning 70 years, influenced by people, places and events that have impacted his life and career.
The world-respected master musician, was born in 1934 in Cape Town.
When not touring, he now divides his time between Cape Town and New York. In addition to composing and performing, he has started a South African production company, Masingita (Miracle), and established the M7 music academy.
Most recently, in 2006, he spearheaded the historic creation (backed by the South African Ministry of Arts and Culture) of the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, an 18-piece big band, which is set to further strengthen the standing of South African music on the global stage.
A martial arts black belt with a lifelong interest in zen philosophy, he takes every opportunity to visit his master in private trips to Japan.
In 2003 he performed charity concerts at temples in Kyoto and Shizuoka, the proceeds going to the M7 academy.
Tickets to his performances at Artscape, range from R300 to R375 a ticket and are available from Artscape on 021 421 7695 or Computicket. Advance booking is essential.