AN EVENING WITH RONAN SKILLEN, MATTHEW RICE & MAXIM STARCKE

Cape Town, are you ready to  experience transcendence?

Join Ronan Skillen, Matthew Rice and  Maxim Starcke as they present an  evening of otherworldly sound and  song.

 

These musicians will showcase recent musical projects and also perform as a trio. The first part of this double bill features Maxim Starcke and Ronan Skillen who will present a set of pieces based on music from Forgery, their debut album as a duo.  This will be followed by a solo performance of new work by Matthew Rice, featuring songs off his recent EP release, Rising.

 

The evening concludes with the trio together on stage for a rare live collaboration.

 

Matthew Rice – Casimi guitar, electric guitar, vocals, electronics, live looping

Maxim Starcke – electric guitar, soprano saxophone, electronics, live sampling, field recordings, electric bass

Ronan Skillen – tabla, udu, hybrid percussion kit, slide didgeridoo

 

Happening tonight 10 April 2015. You don’t want to miss this!

 

VENUE: The Muize, 18 Axminster Road, Muizenberg

COST: R160 – includes authentic Lebanese food, served tapas style. Bring along a beverage if you wish.

CDs will be available to buy at the concert.

 

10 APRIL

SPEAKING FROM THE ART: MEET EMALIE BINGHAM

Emalie Bingham is a mixed media artist who views her  work as a token of an event or exchange. Since completing her BA Fine Art degree from Rhodes University, this Dean’s Merit List recipient, who boasts several accollades and awards, has been involved in numerous successful group exhibitions in an around South Africa, including participation at Cape Town’s Design Indaba where she exhibited alongside Lorenzo Nassimbeni.

 

I document details of stories: the process of creating a work, personal stories, the stories of objects and artifacts, artifacts and identity. I engage real and imagined moments. I explore and subvert notions of value, quality and success. I am intrigued by our ideas of identity and sustainability in relation to the human condition: fragile, temporary, limited, incomplete, becoming. I seek new discourses to speak about old things; alternative models of thought in maps or sculptural form.

 

Bingham- who will be part of the Zaneliza: How The Water Moves multi-art production by Msaki (real name Asanda Mvana)- describes her work as more process- and event-orientated, which allows for the exposure and exploration of societal structures and patterns in her work. This artist likes to reflect on the interactions that are necessary for the manifestation of the art we so love to frequent and collect, deconstructing these systems. “It’s not so much about the final product…”, she says, “…as it is everything in between”.

 

 

Speaking on the mixed media on canvas works she produced – inspired by Catalyst, a track on Msaki’s Zaneliza: How The Water Moves’ album which drops in May 2015-  Bingham  says the art  moves in a particular order:

 

The first is the kind of unsettled awareness and restlessness that something is about to happen. The second one, with its pink lines, is kind of the ‘catalyst’ literally coming out from a cliff type thing and setting something in motion- the lines remind me of the music stave/staff in music. The last piece is like the quietly tamed fire, burning in water, but it’s also like grass and new life – the refining and the new life in one.  There’s a stirring of fire. And then the three together a sort of “phenomenon of nature causing chain reactions…” 

 

Emalie Bingham is involved in a group exhibition,  Empire, which opens at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town on 23 April 2015 and runs until 6 May 2015. She has produced a text  piece, a re-interpreted excerpt from a limited edition art book by Andrew Breitenberg, called Bible Holy.

 

She works from her home studio in Bokaap, Cape Town, and currently supplies work to Yellowwoods Arts.

 

DOING THE WRITE THING: MEET TSELISO MONAHENG

 Tseliso Monaheng is a 28 year old Johannesburg-based writer from Maseru, Lesotho who has extensive industry  experience and has  been featured in Mahala Magazine,  Chimurenga Chronic and Africasacountry. More recently,  he was also responsible for curating and editing a series on  South African Hip Hop for the latter publication.

 We caught up with him to ask him a few questions on his  love of writing, videography and photography as well as  finding his place in the South African creative culture.

 

  •  When did you first realise that you wanted to be a writer? 

Can’t recall. I started out rapping, so I guess sometime in the nineties. The progression was natural.  I’ve been writing professionally for 8 years now. 

 

  • Who is your favorite author and why? 

Don’t have one. Charles Bukowski comes close because his sentences are so simple and he’s so direct.  I like Bessie Head because she writes beautiful sentences.  I like Thomas Mofolo because he started a literary revolution.  I like a couple of other Lesotho-based authors.  I like Bloke Modisane.  Man, I can go on… but basically, I don’t have one.

 

  •  What kinds of things do you write about. Why do you write? 

I write about whatever needs writing.  I write because I know no other way of being.  Actually,  I do, but I don’t like that path. Writing’s challenging man, that’s why I dig it. 

 

  • How did you end up in photography and  shooting videos? 

My parents made me the unofficial family photographer without me ever getting told.  I was the point-and-click don at home taking family pics like no one would. That was the foundation. I still don’t regard myself a ‘photographer’ though.  I just capture people’s souls for fun, that’s all! The videography bit started when my mother bought a camcorder some ten years ago.  I’ve been doing lil’ experiments since then.

 

  •   You’ve done a lot of work with musicians, and more recently you filmed Msaki and the creative process behind her debut album. How did you end up getting involved? 

When not chasing invoices, I chase tall buildings and interesting people. Some of them happen to be musicians. My love with the studio and the general process of making music comes from my involvement with the Lesotho hip hop scene since the late 90s.  Msaki and I had a conversation in someone’s car on our way from Limpopo sometime last year in which I told her that I’d dig to follow her around. She was like ‘ja, sure’. I was like ‘yayurrr’! 

 

  •  What is the best creative project you’ve been a part of? 
 The one which made it possible for me to smoke tons of marijuana while sharing laughs with good people who have good energy.
  • If you could do anything in the world, what would you do? 
 I’d tell people that there’s more to Lesotho than blankets, mountains, balaclavas, and all that other stereotypical bullshit.
  • What do you believe is your life’s calling, have you found it yet?

This right here- this is it. 

 

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Find Tseliso Monaheng on Twitter @tselimon

Tseliso is also responsible for the filming of footage involved in Msaki’s  Indiegogo campaign. Find his work at http://igg.me/at/msaki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SHAPING IDEAS IN ART: MEET ANDILE DYALVANE

Majolandile Dyalvane is the founder of Imiso Ceramics who has earned many an accolade in his twelve years in the industry, his most recent award, the Southern Guild Design Foundation Icon 2015 .

Dyalvane – a well traveled designer – prides himself in being South African, and presents that pride through his work at every opportunity. Clay gives him the ability to create something beautiful, valuable and usable with four elements of life: earth, water, and fire.

Here, Andile Dyalvane takes us through the creative process of one of his creations, in pictures:

The process begins with a gentle moulding of the clay.

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Edges are smoothed, detail is added and the product starts to take shape and is allowed to fully come into itself as a beautiful piece of ceramic art.

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Dyalvane is creating two brand new pieces inspired and guided by two songs on Msaki‘s Debut Album- titled ZANELIZA: How The Water Moves– ‘Golden’ and ‘Selah’. One of the works will be auctioned on the evening of the Zaneliza Launch Event, with another available to you as a perk on the #PayForwardTheMoney Indiegogo campaign.

For more info on Andile Dyalvane visit www.imisoceramics.co.za or visit the Imiso Ceramics page on Facebook.