Kyle Shepherd is a pianist and composer whose work has seen him compose film scores, collaborate on visual art exhibitions, and earn him awards and titles such as the Standard Bank Young Artist Award, and the South African Humanities and Social Sciences Awards. After an extensive career involving local and international concert performances and collaborations, Shepherd is now focusing his attention on composition and has used his time with The Centre for the Less Good Idea to experiment with music and creativity outside of a single instrument, and to create works involving non-musical materials. This has resulted in the musician teaming up with fellow artists Gerhard Marx and Shane Cooper to create a sonic performance using repurposed car parts and instruments, as well as extensive collaborative pieces with the Season’s various dancers, researchers, and actors. In addition to this, Shepherd will be performing Voices – a composition for pre-recorded samples, synthesizers and acoustic piano – which will be performed as part of a double bill with pianist Jill Richards.
WRITING | Dave Mann
PHOTOGRAPHER | Zivanai Matangi