In this highly-anticipated collaboration, South African vocalist Vuyo Sotashe and American pianist/composer Chris Pattishall come together for an intimate and soulful evening of duets. Mainstays of the NYC music scene over the last decade, Vuyo and Chris have each contributed to a wide range of projects spanning jazz, gospel, theater and film.
Since moving to the United states as a Fulbright Scholar, Vuyo Sotashe has performed with celebrated jazz legends including Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Heath, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Barry Harris, and Winard Harper. He has appeared at Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Fest, and Joy of Jazz, and Arcevia Jazz Festival. Described as “a bright tenor that can easily spring from sonorous depths to the full-bodied top of his impressive range” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Vuyo made his off-Broadway debut in the Public Theater’s production of Black Light.
Chris has established himself as “an expert at using the jazz tradition as a jumping off-point for experimentation” (JazzTimes) and his debut album Zodiac was called “a startling achievement” (NY Times) and “a hell of a debut album” (Stereogum). He is a featured performer on a number of film scores (including Everything Everywhere All At Once, Nightmare Alley and Knives Out) and he co-composed the score to Going To Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. He has collaborated with artists across multiple disciplines including Michela Marino-Lerman, Simeon Marsalis, Najja Moon, Kambui Olujimi, and Samora Pinderhughes.
Together they make music with a hushed vulnerability, a quiet invocation of community in the midst of turbulent times. In a program that will range from the American masters of Duke Ellington and Nina Simone to South African Xhosa hymns and Stevie Wonder, Sotashe and Pattishall bring the healing power of music to the forefront.
Food and snacks available for purchase.