Jazz Concert : Tam de Villiers Quartet

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Date(s) - 22/11/2016
7:00 pm

Museum Theater, Egmore



with the support of Institut Français, Ambassade de France, Saint-Gobain as AFM Gold Sponsor, Exodus, The Park, Chennai as Hospitality Partner & Eventjini.com as Online Partner

present a jazz concert by


Entry free and open to all ! Free passes available at the reception of AFM and on eventjini.com

For the the best part of a decade, the quartet of British-born guitarist (living in France since 2003), Tam de Villiers, has been striving for musical authenticity, compositional originality and honest group interplay. Avoiding pastiche of the past and present, and deftly side-stepping the fleeting musical trends of the moment, the aim here is to explore a personal take on the human experience, defying genres and period.

Resolutely idiosyncratic, the music of Tam de Villiers surprises, and astonishes the listener with a melting pot of influences seamlessly combined into an original voice. What starts out as a jazz piece, leads us into a contrapuntal baroque fantasie, then veers off into abrasive progressive rock, skimming past rockabilly twangs before plunging into a trance inducing minimalist motif. Yet despite the apparent eclecticism, there is a carefully crafted archetypal balance underpinning the form here that brings a sense of classical coherence to the notes, both written and improvised.


Date : November 21, 2016

Time : 4 pm – 6 pm

Venue : Edouard Michelin Auditorium

Tam de Villiers 4tet, whilst on tour, proposes a 2 hour workshop for musicians in order to share and breakdown the groups’ compositions, improvisation techniques and group interplay with the students. The workshop takes place in a relaxed, open conference style and ends with the opportunity for students to play together and with members of the group.

Typically, the session starts with a mini concert consisting of one or two compositions played by the quartet, followed by a brief presentation of each musician in the group. Next, worksheets with some of the compositions played by the quartet are given out and used as subject matter to examine their approach to composition, improvisation, their sound, technical aspects and musical concepts related to rhythm, harmony and melody. During this time, students are free to question any of the musicians and exchange ideas which often this leads to musical demonstrations and specific replies from each member of the group. Importantly, also discussed, is the reality and practicalities of pursuing a career as a musician. Today’s musicians have to fulfill many roles and therefore the group also proposes the option of discussing ideas related to building a musical network both international and local, promotion, fund raising, recording and even organisation of musical events.

Last part of the workshop offers the opportunity to play together with the students, focusing on the concepts and techniques that arise during the “conference” part of the workshop and using the compositions of the group as ground material. Feedback on the students’ performance are then discussed with advice from each member of the group. With the instrumentation of the quartet being saxophone, guitar, bass and drums, more specific technical aspects  can be examined with students playing the same instruments.

Limited registrations available. For registering, pls contact [email protected]

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