Secret Songs - Zanne Stapelberg Unplugged with James Grace

Contemporary music • Running Time: 75 mins
Zanne Stapelberg & James Grace

Zanne Stapelberg has attained fame as a serious classical artist with unprecedented popular appeal. This Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner, nominated by Insig Magazine as the "number 1 theatre attraction in South Africa", has always been known as an artist who breaks musical boundaries ; even being called an “opera recce” by one critic. Collaborating with artists like Mandoza, Lady Smith Black Mambazo and Karen Zoid she likes to experiment with the nature of her classical background.

In Secret Songs she is on stage again with acclaimed guitarist James Grace - head of classical guitar at the University of Cape Town; this time performing the songs she listens to in front of the fireplace with a glass of red wine in her hand. This is a very intimate show. Stripped bare – just Zanne and James doing what they love most; making music.

They will be performing songs by Led Zeppelin, Lead Belly, Karen Zoid, Sting, Leonard Cohen, Nina Simone and also her own compositions.

What the critics say:

"Stapelberg and Grace’s ensemble is the creative pivot around which this recital revolves; their subtle communication, artistic awareness and perfect sense of dramatic timing allow song after song to become a living entity. This is especially apparent in the tenderly evocative duet Quando la ames. The zeal with which Stapelberg approaches this recital proves that she does not see her craft as a job or a calling – it is far more than that – her passion for performance is the essential ingredient in her live. She remains one of South Africa’s most prolifically talented an engaging artists."

 - Jeff Bruckman, Cue

"Being an opera singer, Stapelberg’s voice was what really stood out for me. Her control was phenomenal. There were so many shades coming through in every song; loud and soft, forceful and meek, tempered and violent. Overall the performance was intimate and light-hearted. It was refreshing to hear well-known tracks interpreted in this way as well as seeing classical sensibilities applied to pop songs. If you see this pair performing ‘Secret Songs’ near you, make a plan to see them."

 - Murray Walker, What's On

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