A roll of drums for Giand­hari’s jazz

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD - DOREEN PREMDEV

MU­SI­CIAN Riley Giand­hari was just about as tall as the drums he started play­ing on when he was five. Lit­tle did he know he had be­gun a jour­ney that would bring joy to many.

He has be­come a sen­sa­tion in the mu­sic in­dus­try and his drum­ming skills are a force to be reck­oned with.

Giand­hari, 23, of Queens­burgh, Dur­ban, will per­form at the Jazzy Rain­bow at Morn­ing­side, Dur­ban on Novem­ber 18. He will play along­side Sanele Phakathi on key­board/syn­the­sizer and Tyrell Subra­money on bass.

He said he had started play­ing the drums at church and with gospel bands. His fa­ther, Pravin Giand­hari, a mu­si­cian, had in­spired him to learn to play the drums.

“My dad has al­ways given me ad­vice and in­spires me to be a bet­ter mu­si­cian,” he said.

“I used to watch him play the drums and wanted to play just like him. I also play the pi­ano and would love to learn bass in the fu­ture – but singing I will re­serve for the shower!”

Giand­hari has a mu­sic de­gree and is study­ing to­ward his hon­ours. He is a drums teacher at Kearsney Col­lege and teaches drums, key­board and mu­sic the­ory pri­vately.

“I’m ex­cited about the

Jazzy Rain­bow gig. I plan on per­form­ing some of my orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions for the first time as well as my favourite jazz stan­dards,” he said. “I am looking for­ward to per­form­ing with Sanele and Tyrell.

“The au­di­ence can ex­pect to hear some ar­ranged funk and Latin mu­sic within the con­text of jazz.”

Some of his achieve­ments in­clude be­ing cho­sen for The Stan­dard Bank Na­tional Youth Jazz Band in 2016 and a tour to The Oslo Jazz Fes­ti­val in Nor­way with Ny­imbo Ya Bantu. He has worked with artists or bands such as Jan Lund­gren, Lu Dlamini, Neil Gon­salves and Heather Groove, to name a few.

He is on tour with The Mash Trio, a project led by Sibu­siso Mashiloane.

Giand­hari’s per­for­mance at the Jazzy Rain­bow (93 Smiso Nk­wanyana Road, Morn­ing­side) is part of the Con­certs SA Venue Cir­cuit. The per­for­mance will be on Novem­ber 18 at 7pm. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. con­certssa.co.za.

Riley Giand­hari

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