From Johannesburg South Africa. Pianist Witness Matlou is a composer and performer whose work is influenced by South African folk music, jazz, classical and other world music. Witness earned his Master’s degree from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where he studied with Grammy winning pianist Danilo Perez, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, George Garzone and Joe Lovano, whom he has performed with at the Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival. Witness has shared the stage with other great artists such as Gary Burton,Yoron Israel, John Lockwood and Antonio Sanchez.
Witness has toured in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the United States. He has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center to name a few. After receiving his Master’s degree, Witness was awarded a Post-Master’s Fellowship in 2017 at the Berklee Global Jazz institute, and he is currently at Harvard University for his second fellowship where he is learning from Vijay Iyer.
The Witness Matlou trio consists of Witness Matlou on piano, Zwelakhe Duma on Bass and Lee Fish on drums. The trio’s joyful interplay draws inspiration from each artist’s background. Bringing a unique sound through experimentation with time, rhythm, harmony and melodic inventions. Matlou’s compositions turn to reflect and sound the vibrant energy of life in the townships of Johannesburg, South Africa, where he grew up. Embracing the effect that forms the basis between music and language in African tradition. The trio on this day June 16th, being a National Youth Day in South Africa, will give a performance in remembrance of and honoring the spirit of the 1976 Soweto Youth Uprising.