Hot on the heels of their first live performances in South Africa and Athens, the subversive ensemble of Southern Alliance arrives at the SNFCC Lighthouse to entice us to their exciting blend of jazz and classical music.
Since summer 2018, saxophonist Yiannis Kassetas and South African pianist Menanto Chamberlain have been synthesizing imaginative sounds together, fusing vibrant jazz rhythms with the disciplined tranquility of classical music. They perform music by Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Satie, Gershwin and other composers in novel arrangements, often improvised but always respectful of the melodic development of the original works. Their program also features compositions by the musicians themselves, in the tone that characterizes the rich blend of jazz and classical music”.
A very active member of the Greek jazz scene, Yiannis Kassetas has released no less than five albums since 2007. Menanto Chamberlain has partnered with the Namibian State Orchestra at major national festivals and has been awarded the “Loft Gallery Trophy for music and arts”.
At their SNFCC concert, Southern Alliance will be joined onstage by Loukia Palaiologou on vocals and Giannis Papagiannoulis on percussion.
Yiannis Kassetas, saxophone | Menanto Chamberlain, piano
Loukia Palaiologou, vocals |Giannis Papagiannoulis, percussion