A three-day festival of music featuring indigenous instruments and modern technologies comes to Durban this May. The festival celebrates “Latitude 350 South”, a space for musical heritage, creation and research, for both artists and scholars along this latitude. Following a successful New Zealand meeting, the Durban festival includes concerts, workshops and conference presentations, spread over three days.

Sunday 16th May 2010 – 15h00 at Botanic Gardens Amphitheatre
Alejandro Iglesias Rossi conducts the Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments and Modern Technologies from The National University at Tres De Febrero in Argentina in their African debut. The internationally acclaimed Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments and Modern Technologies has been described as an orchestra that ‘rejects the concept of boundaries, no matter which…’ (Radio France Info) and ‘weds ancient spirituality and modern sensibility’ (The Jakarta Post). The orchestra consists of composer-players whose performances on indigenous instruments mixed with electronic and contemporary lutheries ‘invocate sound with … conscious and profound attention and concentration’ (Latvian National Radio).

Tickets cost: R80 (adults); R50 (pensioners); R20 (children and students)

Monday 17th May 2010 19h00 at UKZN Howard College Theatre
The Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments and Modern Technologies will be joined by the Richard Nunns and Phil Dadson Duo from New Zealand and KZN’s own Sazi Dlamini and Ndikho Xaba. Richard Nunns is an expert performer and knowledge source on taonga puoro, traditional Maori instruments. He will perform solo and in collaboration with Phil Dadson, an expert on experimental musical instruments. Sazi Dlamini makes traditional instruments for which he composes and plays music. He collaborates with Chikho Xaba, a renowned Durban musician.

Tickets cost: R80 (adults); R50 (pensioners); R20 (children and students)

Tuesday 18th May at 14h00 at UKZN Howard College Theatre
This final session will be a post-workshops collaborative concert. Performers will collaborate in exploration and presentation of sound developed on their chosen instruments (indigenous or modern) as a culmination of the festival.

Admission is FREE

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