They stole my heart the first time |I saw them almost two years ago in
"It's the sense of community|as well as the music," says
This young saxophonist and clarinettist, only 22, says he wants his compositions to reflect his age.
"I don't want to sound older," he says. And that's also his thinking about this leg of the orchestra, The New Skool. "I want to attract new audiences, orchestra should be cool," he says.
And believe me, when he has the baton and those kids start jamming, even as the classics still underline the sounds emanating, they're cool.
In one of the pieces, the young men in the back row (see picture), all with trumpet and flute instru-|ments, keep jumping up and sitting down again, seemingly randomly but creating a rhythm and youth-|fulness that's extraordinary. The energy exuded sets them apart as from this continent and more specifically
The audiences have these past few years experienced the exuberance yet not without the musicality of the
Tsotetsi's aim was to build a new body of orchestral work of which most is composed by members of the orchestra. "The European model of orchestras clearly don't work for us. If you can trigger |that we are a people who dance, |if you can wake that up, it will be blast off."
"They are a core group of 45 and then members of the regular
What Brooks also emphasises is that although they are opting for new and perhaps often avant garde music with The New Skool, they can just as easily switch to Haydn or
"We should be reflecting our reality today however," says Tsotetsi, and when he looks back at the two years of the New Skool existence, their vision is stronger than ever.
Their tour at the end of the week starts with a week-long rehearsal in the tiny German town of Soest. There they are the guests of the villagers and they end their stay with a concert for the town folk.
Then they travel to
They will be joined at their concerts on stage by Swedish flautist
And again, he was an example |of someone who had lost his heart |to our young musicians. Because they seem to attract so much more attention internationally than locally, Brooks is especially pleased that a documentary will be made |of their current tour. "We need to create a market for our orchestras," he says. These youngsters also have to make a living as they move up the ladder and this is specifically what the New Skool is aiming for.
The conductors on tour will be
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