Paz Consort moves to Pretoria sporting new look

The Paz Consort has now taken up residence in Pretoria and has gone through a redesign.  The group continues to promise excellent performances of new works by South African composers, especially those who are young and emerging.  Keep an eye out for out Facebook page and subscribe to receive regular updates of upcoming concerts.

Welcome to Pretoria

Keith Moss will be directing the Paz Consort from Pretoria, South Africa after relocating to the region.  He’ll be continuously working on ideas to create new platforms for young composers.  In addition Keith has enrolled at the University of Pretoria under Dr Alexander Johnson for study towards a Doctorate of Music

Contemporary South African wind trio’s

Member of the Paz Consort will perform two new works by Keith Moss and Matthijs van Dijk.  Returning to where it all began in Grahamstown original member Hilary Mohr spearheads this performance on oboe.  Kingswood College will play host to the concert on 6 September 2012.

Heading to London, Uk

After wining the SAMRO Overseas scholarship, I’ve decided to use my scholarship for a series of master classes with various composers.  Setup meetings with Adam Gorb at RNCM, Jonathan Cole at the RCM, Robert Fokkens at Cardiff University and will attend the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Making Inroads

CONCERT DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR 31 MARCH 

The Paz Consort will appear alongside the John Edwards Jazz Trio to perform two new works.  An overture by composer Matthijs van Dijk, Mercutio based on the Shakespearean character of the same.  Followed by the new concerto for Euphonium and orchestra by composer Keith Moss with Moss on the podium.   The second half of the concert features original pieces by John Edwards accompanied by the Paz Consort orchestra with his talented trio.  Don’t miss it!  Details online at Facebook.com

Paz Consort to team up with the John Edwards Trio

The Paz Consort has set a new date for the premiere of Keith’s new concerto for Euphonium and orchestra.  The concert will be conducted by Keith and alongside the podium his good friend and jazz pianist, John Edwards, will join forces with the orchestra in compositions of his own as well as some arrangements.

New concerto Euphonium and Orchestra

Happy to announce that negations have completed to write a new concerto for Euphonium specialist Andrea Hobson!  Due to be performed this year.  Watch this space

Resonate

After a great start in Port Elizabeth in 2010, as well as a repeat performance in Cradock, the Paz Consort will launch 2011 with an all strings concert.  Joining the string ensemble will be guitarist and lecturer at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Rudi Bower.  Performing the Vivaldi double concerto for guitar and strings guitarist Wayne Simpson will join Mr Bower on stage with conductor Keith Moss at the podium.

The Paz Consort takes root

After a short stint in Grahamstown and at the National Arts Festival the director, Keith Moss, is setting up shop in his hometown of Port Elizabeth.  Aided by musical colleagues in the greater region Moss plans to fill a gap in the scene, creating more performance opportunities for orchestral musicians in the city.

2010 SAMRO Overseas Scholarship winners announced

Twenty-three year old Keith Moss is the winner of SAMRO’s 2010 Overseas Scholarships for composers, in the category Western Art Music. Moss studied at Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town, with Prof Peter Klatzow and Dr Péter Louis van Dyk as teachers.  read more

Paz Consort at National Arts Festival

Fringe Festival newcomers, the Paz Consort, is spearheaded by Keith Moss to perform for the first time at the National Arts Festival.  Taking place in it’s usual location, Grahamstown, South Africa, the concert is entitled ‘Come Closer, can you hear it?’  ‘Home to more than 40 religious buildings, Grahamtown is also affectionately known as the City of Saints. In isiXhosa, which is the dominant language of the majority of the Eastern Cape, it is iRhini. Two hundred years after its establishment as a military outpost, these days it is sometimes mistaken for a sleepy university town on the East Coast of South Africa. For 354 days of the year that is … For the remaining 11 days it completely transforms and explodes across 90 venues to become Africa’s largest multi-arts festival, attracting more than 200 000 visitors, who are here for more than 2 000 performances on a programme of more than 700 events.’

The Paz Consort is created

After completing a Masters degree in composition at Rhodes University, Keith felt it is now ok to call himself a composer.  However saying you’re a composer and being one are two different things.  Keith put his words into action and formed the Paz Consort in order to write more, play more, do more.

 

Named after the Nobel Prize winning poet, Octavio Paz, Keith took his inspiration here for a new work for string sextett and cor anglais