Performance: Feya Faku Quartet
April 23, 2017
New Africa House
UMass Amherst Campus
The Theater Department, the Amherst College department of music and Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares, present a performance by the Feya Faku Quartet, featuring Feya Faku, trumpet, John Kordalewski, piano, Carlos Pino, bass, and Kesivan Naidoo, drums.
Faku was born in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He studied at University of Natal with Darius Brubeck and has performed with a great number of South African musical legends - from Barney Rachabane, Thandie Classen, Duke Makasi, Pat Matshikiza, Basel Coetzee, Winston "Mankunku" Ngozi and Bheki Mseleku to Abdullah Ibrahim. In addition to leading his own groups in South Africa, Faku travels frequently to perform on international stages with global counterparts. He has participated in long-term collaborations with European musicians such as Dutch saxophonist Paul van Kemenade and Swiss drummer Dominic Egli. He has also toured the U.S. with the South African all-star group “Uhadi” as well as with Zim Ngqawana and Kesivan Naidoo & The Lights. He has recorded four albums as a leader and numerous more as a sideman.
Kordalewski has lived in Boston since 1991, where he leads and is the arranger for the Makanda Project, a thirteen-piece group playing previously unrecorded compositions by Makanda Ken McIntyre. He has worked with such notable jazz musicians as Carl Grubbs, Oliver Lake, Warren Smith, Craig Harris, Ricky Ford, Odean Pope, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Billy Hart, Julius Hemphill and Charlie Rouse. In the 1990s he was a core member of saxophonist Salim Washington’s 9-piece Roxbury Blues Aesthetic, which occupied a unique niche in the Boston jazz scene.
Pino began his musical career in his native Bogota, Colombia. Before coming to Boston in 2015 to study at New England Conservatory, he had appeared on over 30 recordings with some of the principal figures of music in his hometown, including Leonor Gonzalez Mina, Pedro Crump y el Circulo Dorado, Paito y Los gaiteros de punta Brava, and La Severa Matacera. He is rapidly becoming one of Boston’s in-demand bass players, and has been performing with the Makanda Project among others.
Before moving to the United States in 2015, Naidoo had established a reputation in South Africa as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. He has worked extensively with such major South African jazz musicians as Bheki Mseleku, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Feya Faku, Zim Ngqawana, and Miriam Makeba. He recently completed his master's in Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Institute, and lives in New York City.