Phax Trio Announces Pop10vsPhax17 Concert Series for Alexander Upstairs this September

Phax Trio Announces Pop10vsPhax17 Concert Series for Alexander Upstairs this September
Shaun Acker of the Phax Trio

The Phax Trio's has announced a concert series consisting of two separate performances this September. The 50-minute concerts of the eclectic pop, art music, jazz and modern classical trio will feature Shaun Acker on alto saxophone, Andrea Fisher-Jeffes on euphonium and Zhaun Gorridon on tuba.

On 10 September, the trio will present popular music by Adele, Lana del Rey, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Pharell Williams, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Lukas Graham and Sia arranged for their three instruments.

On 17 September, they will present original music composed by Acker and Fisher-Jeffes. This show is a classic Phax Trio experience, with a whole set of new tunes and stories about the inspiration behind each composition - ranging from snakes, streetlights, moodiness, crazy people and constellations.

Shaun Acker graduated from Rhodes University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music with Distinction in saxophone performance and composition. He has composed extensively for South African contemporary dance and theatre, for companies such as First Physical as well as the late acclaimed playwright, Reza de Wet. Acker has performed twice with the South African National Youth Orchestra, in 2006 and 2011, as the principal alto saxophonist, and has also appeared at numerous jazz festivals alongside international stars such as The Buena Vista Social Club. Recently, he played the saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano and percussion in KARDIAVALE, a cabaret-noir by visual theatre company FTH:K. He lives in Cape Town and freelances as a saxophonist, composer and actor.

Andrea Fisher-Jeffes is a brass performer, music educator and music administrator. She was a finalist in the Lubner music competition and was awarded the Lubner MAID music scholarship to study music. She studied at Rhodes University and the University of the Free State, under David Scarr and Paul Loeb van Zuilenberg. She graduated in 2010 with a Masters in Music majoring in euphonium performance, brass pedagogy and composition. Fisher-Jeffes has performed with the Cape Town Concert Brass, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Free State Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rhodes University Big Band and the Rhodes University Orchestra. She does regular performances as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and band musician.

Zhaun Gorridon is the youngest member of the Phax trio and is currently studying at the South African College of Music. He is majoring in tuba performance under William Haubrich. He performs with the University of Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and Wind Band, under the direction of Alex Fokkens. Gorridon has performed with both the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and does regular performances with, and is an alumnus of, the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He has sat principal for both the South African National Youth Orchestra and Wind Orchestra. He is also a member of the National Youth Brass. He is based in Cape Town and began his tuba studies at Beau Soleil Music school. He is active in the Christmas bands and regularly performs with them in and around Cape Town.

Tickets for Pop10vsPhax17 are available from the Alexander Bar website, with seats costing R110 if booked and prepaid online or R120 if paid on collection at the bar. For telephone enquiries, call 021 300 1652. The Alexander Bar, Café and Theatre is situated at 76 Strand Street in the Cape Town city centre and can be followed on Facebook and Twitter. Follow the Phax Trio on Facebook.


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