Switzerland’s award-winning sextet, featuring some of the top jazz musicians Europe has to offer, is coming to South Africa for a whirlwind tour of three cities across the country.
Hildegard Lernt Fliegen, also known as Hildegard Learns To Fly, is embarking on a journey fuelled by world-class musical ingenuity and characterised by their unique style of jazzy exuberance and quirky humour.
Hildegard Learns To Fly – photo by Reto Andreoli
Starting in Grahamstown as an opening attraction for the National Arts Festival, this daring band will make its way to Cape Town and Johannesburg for performances that bring the zest and spirit of South Africa’s premier arts’ festival to a city near you from June 28 to July 4.
With each performance packed with fearsome complexity, audiences across the world are plunged into the full immersion of the distinct high-energy Hildegard experience.
The tour across South Africa is designed to cultivate audiences, develop cultural exchange and connect communities throughout June and July. The Eastern Cape leg of the tour will see a display of innovative collaborations with South African jazz musicians, within the context of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival.
In Cape Town, the band will perform an unplugged set in the new concert series hosted by the Norval Foundation, followed by a full concert setting at the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone. Johannesburg audiences will also have an opportunity to hear this project at the UJ Arts Centre Theatre as part of the UJ Arts and Culture 2018 programme, Metamorphosis.