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Wits presents a concert from the 21st century

The Dutch POW Ensemble, a new music ensemble playing live electronics and acoustic instruments, will present a concert on 27 September .

This is in conjunction with Wits School of Arts / WitsMusic. It will be held in the Wits Downstairs Theatre on Monday 27 September at 19:00.

The POW Ensemble, founded in 2001 by Dutch composer/ saxophonist Luc Houtkamp, is a chamber ensemble of the 21st century, using live electronics and computers as musical instruments and is internationally renowned for its approach in presenting electronic music to the audience in a comprehensive and yet uncompromising way. The group is led by Luc Houtkamp, who has worked in South Africa for several periods as a teacher at Rhodes University.

The POW Ensemble played at the first Unyazi festival in 2006 as well as the second one in 2008 and has been invited to take part in the 2010 Unyazi festival in Durban between 24 and 26 September. The Ensemble will develop a special project, with the help of funding from the Dutch government, which will be premiered during the Unyazi festival. In addition to the performance at Wits and in Durban, the POW Ensemble will also give a concert during the Arts Alive Festival.

The project deals with home and hearth – Ekhaya in the Zulu language. Under the title Ekhaya, the theme will incorporate topics such as home, house, living, homeland, informal settlement, armed response alarms, swimming pools and much more and will be realised through songs, soundscapes, improvisations and compositions influenced by South African texts and music. The project is developed in close collaboration with Sazi Dlamini.

The musicians are all virtuosos on their instruments and use improvisation, live processing, and interaction with acoustic instruments.

Free parking is available in Senate House: the entrance is on Jorissen Street.

VENUE: Wits Downstairs Theatre

SEASON: Monday 27 September at 19:00

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes no interval

BOOKING: / 073 725 7381

Full price = R70: discount price = R50 (students, pensioners and Wits staff)

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