Bokani Dyer Quintet

Contemporary South African jazz pianist, Bokani Dyer, at DSG Hall venue in Grahamstown on 2 July 2015, at the 2015 National Arts Festival. Dyer was the winner of the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award. (Photo: CUEPIX/Niamh Walsh-Vorster)


Seen on July 2, 2015 @ National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.

The clocks ticks five, but the first sounds of Bokani Dyer Quintet make you feel as if it is way past midnight. Not that you feel sleepy, but get excited for an evening of wonderful jazz. Trompet and horn woe the public into jazz clubs of old, drums and double bass solidly provide the playing field for a Dyer to throw some magic out of his sleeves. Waiting falling is the first composition the Standard Bank Young Artist winner of 2011 presents tonight with an ease of South African vibrancy and Swiss precision embodied by Matthias Spillman (trumpet), Norbert Pfammatter (drums), Donat Fisch (sax) and Stephan Kurrman (bass). Vevuzela commences intimately at the piano and rumbles on sparring with all, steaming bass, quick and precise drumming and the hint of church music as if one joyous celebration is only fitting.

The precision come across in ultimately controlled drummed solos and the use of a hat to mute the trumpet. African Piano is an amazing piece where Dyer starts slowly and using contra rhythm gets the whole band in swing mood. An excellent example of what the young piano player is able to do: reminiscent, dreamy, upbeat and adding layer after layer to the already vibrant sound. MC and Fanfare conclude the set of the South African composer and ththe Swiss musicians he met on his residency at the Bird’s Eye Club in Basel. For once the Swiss do not remain neutral, but add colour and speak up all adding their voice to what Dyer wants to communicate. A celebration of longlasting harmony and new found freedom.