I’ve been recording improvisations that explore dissonance, limitations and free expression. I’m trying to sit with dissonance rather than shy away from it. The process is cathartic and is also a way for me to try and shed some of the cliches and the safe patterns that I so often fall back on in my playing.
I am in my second year of my master’s in Music Therapy at the University of Pretoria. So far this journey has enriched my life immeasurably and although the course is extremely challenging I feel privileged to be a part of it.
From the start of the year I’ve been studying, trying to complete my research proposal and working as much as I possibly can to keep earning a living. And Covid-19 has now interrupted everything. So who knows what the future holds?
My students currently range from a 7 year-old Tom Waits fan to a 60- something year-old “goggo” (grandma) who would like to surprise people at her church by playing guitar for them next year.
I can’t wait to do live gigs again. In the meantime I’m playing a lot of guitar at home and I’ve done a few impromptu concerts for my building during lockdown.
I also work with Erika Strydom in our band Starlight Jazz. We do everything from restaurants to corporate events, weddings, birthdays etc. You can find more info about booking us here: