Monday, September 12, 2011

Peter Auret

I recently completed an interview with the drummer Peter Auret. He's a fascinating figure - a wonderful jazz drummer, but also a guy who is looking to find solutions to a declining array of performance opportunities for jazz artists in South Africa.

He formed his own collective, around his self-produced label Afrisonic, and is beginning to develop showcase-style performances in Johannesburg. Given the dearth of clubs in the country, Auret's vision may prove to be a helpful antidote for SA, which is swimming in incredible talent, but lacking in appropriate venues for the talent to perform.

Auret just released a marvelous album, Turn the Tide, which I heartily recommend.

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