The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) 2012 Music in the City concert series launches with Nicky Schrire Plus 3 on Tuesday 20 March at 20:00 in the at Hiddingh Hall.
Lauded for her fresh and original approach to music, Nicky Schrire is a vocalist, composer and arranger whose adventurous spirit reflects her international upbringing. London-born, South African-raised and now based in NYC, Schrire honed her skills at the South African College of Music (UCT) and the Manhattan School of Music. She has performed with Joseph C. Phillips’ Numinous, Abdullah Ibrahim’s Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, Sibongile Khumalo, Arno Carstens, and most recently lent her voice to Brian Adler’s Helium Project, which also features artists such as Kate McGarry and Ben Monder. Her debut album Freedom Flight will be released this year.
Schrire will be joined for this Music in the City concert by three of South Africa’s finest jazz luminaries: Andrew Lilley (piano), Charles Lazar (bass), and Heinrich Goosen (drums).
The quartet, led by Schrire, will be performing music from the American Songbook (Rodgers, Hammerstein, Gershwin) as well as songs from the South African musical repertoire (Winston Mankunku, Victor Ntoni). Known for her inventive and impressive arranging skills, Schrire manages to preserve the beauty and lyrical messages of songs dating as far back as the 1920’s while infusing them with new life and revived wit.