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ON THE MOVE, CLOCKWISE (article first published : 2008-06-15)

South African music enthusiasts can look forward to many exciting new works to be performed over the coming weeks on a national tour by the New York based Violin and Harp Duo, Clockwise. Its members, violinist Marc Uys and harpist Jacqueline Kerrod, have each earned reputations for exploring and performing fresh, new repertoire, alongside crowd-pulling classical standards.

The newly formed duo’s KZN debut will take place at UKZN’s Howard College on June, 25 at 19h30, followed by a recital in Maritzburg College’s Victoria Hall on June 26 at 19h00. These events will form part of an extensive South African tour. This will include appearances at the National Arts Festival, and recitals in Gauteng and the Western Cape, during which they will introduce no less than 10 newly commissioned South African works to audiences.

The central work of their KZN programme is Camille Saint-Saëns’s Fantasy for Violin and Harp Opus 124, a bravura showpiece for both instruments that alternates brilliant passages with dreamy, nostalgic lyricism. Enthusiasts can also look forward to discovering John Cage’s highly creative Six Melodies for Violin and Keyboard (transcribed for harp) or Thomas Rajna’s atmospheric Suite for Violin and Harp, and the delightful Sonatine for Harp Opus 30 by the French composer, Marcel Tournier (1879 – 1951), himself a noted harpist.

Marc Uys has built a loyal following in South African music circles, both as the founder and leader of the former Sontonga Quartet, and as one of the country’s most accomplished violin soloists. He has played in venues such as the Victoria National Gallery in Melbourne, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Barbican in London, and in Central Park and Lincoln Centre in New York.

In 2007, he performed as a member of the Dresdner Sinfoniker in Germany, the MIAGI festival orchestra in South Africa, and as guest concertmaster of the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. He led performances of Philip Miller’s ‘Rewind – A Cantata’ at the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival in New York, and at the ’62 Centre at Williams College.

His 2008 engagements include a German tour with the New York based Arcos Chamber Orchestra; recitals with pianist Malcolm Nay; and concerto appearances with the Free State Symphony and Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestras, following his acclaimed solo appearance in Lalo’s Symphonie Espganole in March this year. Marc plays a fine 18th century Italian instrument on generous loan from the Lindbergh Arts Foundation.

The Johannesburg born harpist Jacqueline Kerrod was a finalist in the ATKV Forte Music Competition and the Jim Joel Music Prize. Awarded the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Foundation scholarship, she moved to the United States in 1999 to pursue studies with Nancy Allen at Yale University where she earned her Master's Degree and Artist Diploma.

In 2001 she was the winner of the Harp Competition of the Aspen Music Festival, and appears regularly with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, and Solisti New York. She is a member of Perspectives Ensemble in New York, and has appeared and recorded with Gotham Chamber Opera Company, and the Argento Chamber Ensemble. As an orchestral soloist she has played with several American orchestras, including a prestigious engagement at the 2006 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival as featured soloist with Ransom Wilson in Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp.

Kerrod is a founding member of MAYA, a trio comprising flute, harp, and percussion, which has undertaken a commissioning programme to create repertory bringing together classical and world music, ethnic sounds, and improvisations.

Jacqueline Kerrod’s newly formed collaboration with Marc Uys promises a stimulating time ahead for music audiences here and abroad. For more information about Clockwise’s SA tour itinerary, or to book for their Durban recital, call 082 335 6088 or e-mail copydog2@artslink.co.za. For more information about Clockwise’s SA touring itinerary, e-mail marcuys@gmail.com.




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