Sunday 26 May, 15:00 — The Oaks
Rosanthorn Electric Cello Trio combines the talents of Dorette Roos (Cape Town Philharmonic), Carol Thorns (Electric Cello Pioneer and SAMA Nominee) and Anjulie Nock (Cellist and Composer). These three cellists share an exciting vision for the Cello — to revisit and re-position an instrument that is often overlooked. The result is an act that leads the way in the electric string genre. Rosanthorn have set out a compositional and technical journey to explore all that the Cello has to offer across multiple genres and timbres, with the help of South Africa’s top composers and producers. Their repertoire includes recordings and re-interpretations of works as varied as Vivaldi’s Double Concerto in G Minor, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, and Imogen Heap’s Hide and Seek. Anjulie Nock has composed new works such as Night Journey (with a stirring Game of Thrones feel) and an original Tango (think Scent of a Woman for Cello). The Parting by Helmut Meijer is a reflective, stripped-down, soulful composition which inspired their first music video. Artists’ biographies below
Anjulie Nock is well known in the industry as both performer and recording artist. She has backed top national and international acts and her performance experience and versatility stretches from accompanying SA’s first POP IDOL Heinz Winkler to touring through England with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company. She was part of the all-female cross over folk band Zamar for three years, in which time they recorded two albums and performed at HuisgenootSkouspel. Anjulie enjoys her work as a freelance artist. She is a regular performer at the annual Woordfees, National Arts Festivals and she contributed to the albums of Arno Carstens, Prime Circle and Die HeuwelsFantasties in 2016. Anjulie is also part of the Red Cello Productions team where she performs in and composes for Rosanthorn Cello Trio, The Bubble and with popular fusion band Coda Africa in an ad hoc capacity.
“Rosanthorn has happened at just the right time for me. I am playing the instrument that I love most, in a new and innovative way.”
South Africa’s leading electric cellist, Carol Thorns has been performing locally and internationally for over a decade. Armed with her striking red cello, she has won fans in India, Dubai, Switzerland, Macedonia and the UK. She was awarded a 4-star rating for her audio-visual show ‘Red Cello Electrified’ at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. Her popular solo cello album Fireflies In The Rain was nominated for Best Instrumental Album 2010 at the South African Music Awards. In 2014 her Afro-Electro group was nominated for an All Africa Music Award for the most promising Artiste in Africa 2014.
Her great passion is to reposition her instrument, the cello, in an exciting and ground-breaking context, and all her projects reinforce this idea. Her project, The Bubble - a transparent globe that presents the performer in a magical context. This new, innovative concept has taken the corporate entertainment market by storm and has been booked for SA’s top launches, fashion events and parties. The Cellosphere is in great demand across South Africa and as far afield as Australia and New York.
A Cum Laude Bachelor of Music graduate from Rhodes University in South Africa, Carol Thorns has a background in cello performance and entertainment PR. Her passion for taking electric strings into unchartered territory lead her to initiate and build popular brands such as Muse String Quartet, Sterling Electric Quartet, CODA Africa and her latest venture, Rosanthorn Electric Cello Trio
Carol is featured extensively in the media both locally and in publications outside of South Africa surrounding her international performances. Her You Tube video’s are watched across the globe. Her current music video has been viewed over half a million times. This has been hugely beneficial for her web presence internationally and has opening conversations with fellow musicians, producers and clients from around the world. As a result she performs internationally on a regular basis and is one of SA’s most in demand electric string acts. See www.carolthorns.co.za for more info.
DoretteRoos is a classical cellist employed by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. She completed her master of music degree in cello performance at the University of Stellenbosch, where she was a student of Dalena Roux. In 2009, Dorette spent a large part of the year in Salzburg, Austria, where she furthered her studies with Professor Heidi Litschauer at the Mozarteum University. In June 2007, Dorette graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the United States, where she studied primarily with Cathy Meints, member of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Dorette is also involved in recordings, theatre productions and various chamber music concerts. In 2016 she spread her musical wings by joining the Red Cello Productions team as electric cellist. She forms part of their newest venture, the Rosanthorn Electric Cello Trio and also performs in The Bubble.
“I absolutely love the new dimension electric cello brings to my world. Rosanthorn is such an exciting and beautiful project. I am honoured to be part of it.”