Friday, 14 March 2014

Music concert in Cape Town - 19th March


‘Notes in Thread’

Barend De Wet, Frank Mallows & Helen Volsoo

At The New Church Museum

The Keiskamma Trust

Is proudly hosting a benefit concert, all proceeds made from this pleasurable rendezvous will contribute to the continued excellence of the Keiskamma Music Academy.

Renowned performance artist Barend de Wet with needles and colour, the undeniable Frank Mallows on marimba and ever enchanting Helen Vosloo on flute - offer you - a one night only viewing, of this especially compiled performance.

An evening of reverent and irreverent referrals to the art of Bach and the art of crocheting awaits.

18h00 for 18h30, Wednesday the 19th of March 2014

At The New Church Museum, 102 New Church St, Cape Town

count yourself lucky and reserve your place.

Ticket cost: R500 pp

Contact Chantal Harris on

Parking is easy, refreshments kindly sponsored by Porcupine Ridge Wines and Dish  Food and Social will do more than satisfy.

The Keiskamma Trust is a community organisation centred in Hamburg in the Eastern Cape which works to foster hope and offer support for the most vulnerable. We strive to address the challenges of widespread poverty and disease through holistic and creative programmes and partnerships.

Since 2006 the Keiskamma Music Academy has enabled youngsters in the Eastern Cape to not only acquire the  discipline and pleasure of playing an instrument, it has given them hope as they recognise the potential that lies within them.

Please view the Keiskamma website for more information about our musical initiatives and like our Face book page for updates on our future projects and special events.


A mythical figure in the South African art world with a career straddling nearly thirty years, De Wet is essentially a conceptual formalist. His oeuvre encompasses traditional media, craft skills and fanatical hobbyism that manifests in acts of playful and witty sculptures, ‘knitted paintings’, performances and productive collaborations. From being a model for Issey Miyake, beekeeper, world record holder in yo-yoing, serial tattooist to innate exhibitionist, De Wet exemplifies his motto that “art is life and life is art”, and that any and all material matter, whether it be canonical art works or crocheted yarn, offer creative possibilities for transformation. De Wet officially resigned from the art world in 1996 with the announcement of the birth of his son. In 1998 he established the Museum of Temporary Art at his hotel, The Grand, in Observatory, Cape Town. Here he continued his obdurate battle against the intellectualisms of art, favouring honest gestures imbued with visual puns and Duchampian mischief. 

Frank Mallows has been fortunate to study with two of the world’s leading Mallet percussion specialists: Robert van Sice focusing on marimba performance, and Ed Saindon (Berklee College of Music in Boston Mass. USA) with whom he specialised in contemporary jazz vibraphone. He performs regularly in a wide range of musical settings, from classicalconcerts with professional orchestras around South Africa, to Jazz gigs with his own group FMJAZZQ, to local styles with Frank on Marimba in Adamastor, to his highly acclaimed functions band Misty Blue (where Frank plays keyboards). Frank is Head of Percussion and Drum Kit studies at the South African College of Music (University of Cape Town).  He holds a BSc (Civil Engineering), an MSc in Engineering, as well as an MMus in Vibraphone Performance from the University of Cape Town and is busy embarking on a PhD in Performance Practise through the Department of Music at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal.
Frank, for the past ten years, has performed regularly with Marimbist, Magdalena de Vries, in a unique mallet percussion duo, Duo Four IV Two. Their performances have included South African premières by a large number of local and international composers.  As a “New Music” performer he performs with the group in the group “into” with acoustic bassist and sound artist Brydon Bolton and Computer Graphics artist Sarah-Moon Arthur.

After a 25 orchestral career as principal flute with the JPO, Chamber Orchestra of South Africa and Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Helen devotes herself fulltime to Keiskamma Music Academy: a rural music education and performance programme of Keiskamma Trust in rural Eastern Cape.
“I believe in the opportunity of the arts as an economic driver. I witness the impact of music education on the marginalized rural communities Keiskamma Trust serves. I witness young confident musicians and student teachers emerge, as they become aware of and harness their own creative power and their ability to create income within the creative industry.”
Helen frequently collaborates in cross cultural productions, her work at Keiskamma in this regard includes the recentKeiskamma Carnival (co-created and directed by Kyla Davis for its premiere performances at the National Arts Festival in 2013).
Vosloo has performed with some of South Africa’s leading classical artists, and is a member of the acclaimed Trio Hemanay where her passion for new works by South African composers has led to many commissions over their 12 years of playing together.