Goema Orchestra 2013 :: Meet the Composers

Mac McKenzie is the director of the Cape Town Composers’ Workshop, an incubator for emerging composers of Cape music. Formerly of the Genuines and Goema Captains of Cape Town, McKenzie is a self-taught composer. He stars in the award-winning documentary Mama Goema and is a regular guest in Basel, Switzerland, where he teaches and performs.

Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, Ana Strugar moved to Cape Town in 2010. She is a fervent and dedicated performer, composer, arranger and teacher. Strugar gains her inspiration from the fertile landscapes of jazz and classical music as well as the enchanting folklore of her homeland.

Mandla Mlangeni is a young, vibrant graduate of music composition from the University of Cape Town. A trumpeter, composer, bandleader and arranger, Mlangeni is a highly active collaborator and adept at many styles of music. He is also a strong believer in giving back to the community through voluntarily teaching.

A composer and multi-instrumentalist, Maxim Starcke writes for chamber ensembles and orchestra and performs live electro-acoustic improvised music. Interested in the intersection of art, music and performance, Starcke participates in multi-media collaborations and produces Cape soundscape music.

Jazz guitarist Keenan Ahrends is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the Norwegian Academy of Music. Ahrends is an active teacher, composer and performer and has experienced a variety of international music platforms from touring with the National Youth Jazz Band in Sweden to participating in the Edge of Wrong Festival in Cape Town.

Amos Levin is a Wits University graduate and the Naledi Award-nominated composer of the orchestral musical Sauer Street. He is involved in education and is active in the production of devotional and commercial music. Levin has a deep affinity for orchestral instruments and makes his Goema Orchestra debut this season.

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