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Where Worlds Collide

by Kathleen Tagg and Andre Petersen

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    CD of Where Worlds Collide. The liner notes have the personal narratives behind each track with pictures and track notes. In this unique two-piano album featuring two of South Africa's leading pianists (Kathleen Tagg and Andre Petersen), original compositions live alongside music by some of the giants of South African jazz. This project is Pan-African in influence, though very much rooted in a South Africa.

    Track Information:
    1 Rapela Moses Molelekwa 4:37
    2.1 African Dawn Abdullah Ibrahim 1:16
    2.2 Cape Doctor Andre Petersen 2:21
    2.3 African Dawn (cont.) Abdullah Ibrahim 2:15
    3 Angola Bheki Mseleku 4:33
    4.1 As the Flowers Bloom Kathleen Tagg 1:40
    4.2 Ntyilo Ntyilo Alan Silinga 2:12
    4.3 As the Flowers Bloom (cont.) Kathleen Tagg 0:47
    5 D’julle Ons En Hulle Andre Petersen 3:26
    6 Second Time Around Kathleen Tagg 5:38
    7 Tonk Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn 3:04
    8 Berimbau Kathleen Tagg 3:48
    9 Time Watchers Andre Petersen 4:01

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In this unique two-piano album featuring two of South Africa's leading pianists, original compositions live alongside music by some of the giants of South African jazz. This project is Pan-African in influence, though very much rooted in a South Africa.

Track Information:
1 Rapela Moses Molelekwa 4:37
2.1 African Dawn Abdullah Ibrahim 1:16
2.2 Cape Doctor Andre Petersen 2:21
2.3 African Dawn (cont.) Abdullah Ibrahim 2:15
3 Angola Bheki Mseleku 4:33
4.1 As the Flowers Bloom Kathleen Tagg 1:40
4.2 Ntyilo Ntyilo Alan Silinga 2:12
4.3 As the Flowers Bloom (cont.) Kathleen Tagg 0:47
5 D’julle Ons En Hulle Andre Petersen 3:26
6 Second Time Around Kathleen Tagg 5:38
7 Tonk Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn 3:04
8 Berimbau Kathleen Tagg 3:48
9 Time Watchers Andre Petersen 4:01

Notes on the Music:
Rapela - by Moses Molelekwa
A South African masterpiece by the late Moses Molelekwa, influenced by the infectious rhythms of Cameroon, West Africa.

African Dawn - A. Ibrahim
One of Ibrahim's lesser known solo piano masterpieces, a model of thematic and motivic genius. Indeed sonically capturing a post-apartheid South Africa’s sentiment of hope, courage, uncertainty and the spirit of overcoming.

Cape Doctor - A. Petersen
Composed for the late great Cape Jazz saxophonist, Robbie Jansen, nicknamed “Cape Doctor”. This composition was sonically inspired by Khoi-San rhythms, Abdullah Ibrahim and Wayne Shorter.

As the Flowers Bloom- Kathleen Tagg
Influenced by a phrase from Madiba’s inaugural speech in 1994. “Each one of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country, as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the Bushveld...We are moved by a sense of joy and exhilaration as the seasons change and the flowers bloom.”

Ntyilo Ntyilo- Alan Silinga
One of the most iconic and beautiful South African songs, written for Miriam Makeba, but also recorded by a myriad of great South African jazz artists.

D’julle Ons En Hulle – A. Petersen
A Ghoema composition inspired by the sights and sounds of modern, urban Cape Town. Modernity meets historical reflection and cultural pride.

Second Time Around - Kathleen Tagg
The introduction is influenced by the idea of the inherent patterns in Amadinda and Akadinda music. This leads into the contrapuntal body.

Tonk- Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
A rarely performed piano duo piece, “Tonk”, also known as “Pianistically Allied,” was written as a showcase for Ellington & Strayhorn and gets its name from one of Ellington’s favorite card games.

Berimbau- Kathleen Tagg
A piece that drew initial inspiration from the sounds of the overtone series as played on the uhadi, that then gives into a driving motion and groove in seven.

Time Watchers - A. Petersen
A tone poem based on the Biblical Book of Daniel [Chapter 4].

Kathleen Tagg and Andre Petersen met in 1996 as students at the University of Cape Town, and this recording marks the twenty year anniversary of their meeting. In the intervening years, Kathleen moved to New York City, and Andre studied further in Belgium.
Along the way, each of them worked with a wide array of musicians in multiple genres who influenced their paths and thinking. For this recording, every one of those influences comes into play- classical training and structure, jazz improvisation, polyrhythmic influences, extended techniques, goema and the sound of selected sub-Saharan African instruments.

Each pianist is also a composer, and this recording uses as its cornerstones Kathleen and Andre’s original compositions. They are placed alongside music by some of the giants of South African jazz. This is a project that is Pan-African in vision, but chamber music in scale. The pianos are used in traditional and non-traditional ways to achieve a wealth of sounds from the inside the piano by using organic extended techniques such as plucking, stopping the strings and bowed piano.

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released October 20, 2017

Kathleen Tagg & Andre Petersen, pianos
Producer: Kathleen Tagg
Executive Producers: Spotted Kat Music / Dre & Chan Music Concepts
Recorded by Gerhard Roux & Aret Lambrechts on January 23 & 24 2016
At the University of Cape Town College of Music
Mixing by Gerhard Roux
Mastering by Tim Lengfeld
Piano Tuning by Garth Hammer- Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos
Album Artwork: Wesley Jones

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"Sonic Essence of Africa"- CUE Magazine
"This is gloriously creative yet accessible music performed with sparkle by two virtuosos"- Nigel Vermaas, SAFM, Bush Radio
"Watching two of South Africa’s most celebrated pianists is breathtaking in itself... there was no doubt that we were in the presence of musical genius... Where worlds collided, something exceptional was born"​- What's On in Cape Town
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