Featured Artists: Lungiswa Plaatjies (uhadi, nyungwe-nyungwe, voice, shaker, djembe), Matthijs van Dijk (violin), Waldo Alexander (violin), Sarah Evans (viola), Nicola du Toit (cello), Cara Stacey (piano, umrhubhe, voice, budongo, umtshingo)
Company: Night Light Collective feat. Lungiswa Plaatjies
An electro-acoustic exploration of a new South African musical space and sound, blending genre and performance techniques, languages and structures
Bringing together isiXhosa songs, string and piano instrumentation, free improvisational and electro-acoustic techniques, this project represents a fresh South African sound – an integration of varied sonic spaces, performative techniques, indigenous instruments and forms. Vuma is a collaborative compositional project created and facilitated by the composer-performers Lungiswa Plaatjies and Matthijs van Dijk. It is a programme of traditional amaXhosa songs arranged for chamber ensemble, structured improvisations with electronics, and newly composed fusion works.
The programme is performed by the Night Life Collective, which brings together a contemporary string quartet sound with piano, umrhubhe and uhadi musical bows, and various vocal timbres.
The Night Light Collective, formerly the Shh…Art Ensemble, is a flexible configuration of performers and composers who write and play new music. The group actively pushes musical boundaries and freely experiments with genre, instrumentation and performance spaces, exploring new collaborations with artists in interdisciplinary fields.