Baroqueswing in the Baxter

The Charl du Plessis Trio makes its debut at the Baxter Concert Hall on 26 September 2020 with Baroqueswing as part of a joint venture between the Cape Town Baroque Festival and the Cape Town Concert Series. This much-anticipated performance promises a vibrant crossover of jazz and baroque music that is sure to satisfy even the most stern music lover. Baroqueswing experiments with form, rhythm, and virtuoso arrangements of timeless music, bringing a refreshing energy to the stage. The Swiss press hailed the Trio’s performance as:

“…a magnificent experience for the audience.” – Neue Zürcher Zeitung

“…famous themes from the Baroque observed through a jazz lens – he did this with perfection. Du Plessis proves himself here but in his rhythmically charged performance as a virtuoso pianist of big style.” – Walliser Bote

“Oddly enough, the seams among the two centuries were loosely sewn; one genre swung into the other. Rocking shoulders and tapping feet, the audience was visibly moved. But there was something even more exciting that befell us.” – Bachtrack

Charl du Plessis says of Baroqueswing: “I wanted to adhere to the sophisticated method of musical treatment where the inherent rhythmic identity of the original score, as well as the stylistic performance principles, receive the utmost respect from the performers. This experience is defined by the energy of the audience and the moment of musical creation propels Peter Auret to be the sensitive and complimentary drummer with his unique dynamic timbres. Furthermore, it inspires our bassist Werner Spies to utilise the acoustics and form the basis of the harmonic landscape for the performance. Finally, the Steinway becomes my voice as I try to extemporise on the original baroque content in a new and personal way.”

The programme will include the Italian Concerto and Toccata & Fugue by JS Bach as well as some of his shorter works for keyboard. Works by Gluck, Vivaldi and the well-known Adagio by Albinoni will also be performed. Bookings will open in June at Webtickets.