THE Sunsplash quartet will be bringing a welcome dose of their sunshine music from the South African townships to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis this month.
Joining pianist Philip Clouts in the band are saxophonist Neil Maya, who was praised by the Teignmouth Jazz Festival for his “electrifying performance with crisp melody lines and improvisation,” plus Marcus Vergette on bass and Coach York on drums, both of whom play in the big band of legendary Devon composer Mike Westbrook.
Their repertoire includes Abdullah Ibrahim’s breakthrough hit ‘Mannenberg’, Miriam Makeba’s ‘Click Song’ and tunes by Dudu Pukwana and Hugh Masakela.
Philip Clouts was born in Cape Town and has loved South African jazz from childhood. The music has influenced his own playing and composing in worldbeat jazz group Zubop and more recently in the Philip Clouts Quartet.
His latest album ‘Umoya’ is titled from the Zulu word for ‘life force’-it was played on BBC’s Jamie Cullum Show, and Jazz FM has praised it, saying “It has a very infectious feel-good quality about it.”
Philip has lived in the Lyme Regis area for 14 years, and certainly enjoys once again living by the sea. He jokingly points out that when viewed from certain angles. the landscape at Golden Cap has a similarity to the iconic plateau of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
As for the music of Sunsplash, he commented: “It’s a great pleasure to re-visit some of my original sources of inspiration for this concert. We’ll be playing pieces that connect directly to the audience, very melodic and with catchy rhythms.”
“Emotionally-felt, highly listenable melodies and improvisations which colourfully lift the spirits” – Adrian Pallant
Sunsplash will be performing at the Marine Theatre on Sunday, March 29 with the bar opening at 7pm for an 8pm start.
Tickets cost £8 in advance or £12 on the door and are available by calling 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com