Touring from South Africa: Ha!Man with Francois le Roux and Joke Debaere A Sunday evening concert/performance plus a free daytime workshop: (purchase tickets for location info.) AND Opening Artist: Local Singer/Songwriter/Master Percussionist,Kelvin Underwood
Performance: 7-9pm Workshop: 4-6pm (The 1st fifteen ticket holders are invited to the free workshop - please RSVP for this when purchasing.) Potluck Dinner: 6-7pm Ticket price: Sliding Scale *$25 - $35 (ONLY 30 tickets available - purchase tickets to receive the location information)
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Reviews from around the world: About Joke, in Dutch: Joke Debaere is actrice en schrijfster, mede oprichtster van tg Het Zesde Bedrijf. Sinds vorig jaar vergezelt ze de Ha!Man op podia in Zuid-Afrika en Europa. Haar eerste dichtbundel 'Verandering' werd gepubliceerd in januari 2012. Verder is ze ook artistiek betrokken bij de Antwerpse sociaal artistieke werkplaats 'Madam Fortuna'.
10/01/18 KZN uv HA!Man (Francois le Roux) in Performance
The HA!Man is a singular South African talent who bases his career on spontaneous music making. He has been at it for two decades and has built a network of support through annual international tours, stretching over four continents. His show consists entirely of his own creations and improvisations, with his virtuoso and progressive cello playing at the centre. Electronic accompaniments, keyboard playing and dancing also features in a spirited tour of a wide variety of styles. Infusing them with his own unique blend of the classics and Africa, the HA!man remains a major surprise and inspiration to all lovers of music and life in general. Visit www.hamanworld.com for more.
Summary of Francois le Roux's work from Ha!Man website: Francois le Roux is a classically trained cellist and pianist, but his musical journey started at age three, started to improvise at the piano, stimulated by his father's way of playing by ear. Since age ten he served as a church organist and composed his first orchestral work at thirteen. His creativity also expanded to other mediums. A a poem he wrote at 16 was used as a central sample of youthful creativity in a doctoral thesis at the University of Johannesburg. After studies in philosophy and theology, he left the formal music environment to become the "HA!Man," fully devoting his time and career to the development of spontaneous expression (HA!) as an art form, based on a particular life philosophy, in order to restore and retain a certain vitality in music.
Over the last 25 years, this path took him all over South Africa and then also internationally as he played and workshopped his self-managed way from person to person, audience to audience and place to place. To categorize his musical style is hardly possible, but it certainly incorporates strong elements of classical styles, african music and modern world-music genres. HA! performances are never in a set order and the HA!Man thrives on making art in the moment, sometimes taking impulses given by the audience or simply the feelings born from silences. At the same time he is noted for the strong structural dimension to his improvisations which sets it aside from typical "jamming" or formless wandering often associated with "free" expression.
His cello forms the centre of a stage setup that is supported by original and varied electronic accompaniments, keyboard playing, dances. conversation and more. Each performance becomes a spontaneous creation in itself as all these elements weave into a whole that moves and often bring audiences from all walks of life to their feet.
He maintains a keen interest in world and human affairs, having been shaped by the momentous changes in South Africa through the 80's and 90's Much of his work grapples with the relation - and the formation of relation - between right and left brain dimensions, chaos and order, Africa and Europe, nature and civilization and instinct and rationality. "HA!" actually invokes the "third dimension" of feeling which is born from the dynamic meeting point between these various opposites.
In his workshops, this is facilitated so that participants discover the origins of creativity within themselves and within the flowing moment. His web site gives an account of the many types of venues he has performed in, distinguished appointments, commissions and residencies and various collaborations in different parts of the world. Consistently independent, he maintains a unique space of artistic vitality in a world dominated by expedience and the pressure to commercialize. Learn more at the Ha!man website.