Amanda’s four-year journey is now a reality as she launches Consideration, her 5th Album, in collaboration with artists from South Arica and Scandinavia.
Amanda features on the album with Shannon Mowday (saxophone and bass clarinet), Andrew Lilley (piano) from South Africa, Erik Nylander (drums) and Putte Johander (bass) from Sweden. All are highly accomplished jazz musicians recognised internationally.
It all began in 2011 when Amanda and Shannon shared their common experiences: the difficulty in finding the right combinations of musical abilities and personalities in their bands. After many intense discussions Shannon suggested they select musicians from each of their spheres and try collaborating. The album was subsequently recorded in Cape Town in 2011, followed by several successful concerts.
Says Amanda, ‘Consideration is very special to me as it has taken four years to complete. There are nine songs, eight of my own original compositions, one jazz standard by Cole Porter. The compositions reflect a hybrid of influences that have shaped my musical expression over the span of my career thus far: jazz, pop, African rhythm and melody, some vocal inflections typified by the stylings of Zimbabwean artists Oliver Mtukudzi and Thomas Mapfumo.’
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