iMPAC 2013

The first iMPAC Festival…

drew 2500 people over three days, and the 2011 festival drew over 5000 people indicating that there is an audience for exploratory film in Gauteng. Audiences were culturally diverse and included delegates from numerous embassies and key figures from the film, television and animation industries.


Keith Moss is creating an original soundtrack for TRIPTYCH – a trilogy of locally produced, contemporary moving image works by Karien Mulder, Lodewyk Barkhuizen & Francois Jonker. The soundtrack will accompany an outdoor screening and will be performed live with the Pazz Consort featuring sopranro Melissa Gerber.

THURSDAY – 21:00

KEITH MOSS is a composer that has won the Stefans Grové National composition competition as well as the University of Pretoria post-graduate prize for best creative output. In 2010 he was the SAMRO overseas scholarship winner and studied in the UK at various institutions. He has recently started up an ensemble group called the PAZ CONSORT that has performed in Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown and parts of the Eastern Cape.

MELISSA GERBER is an award winning S. Adrican soprano. In addition to her love for Baroque and French coloratura repertoire, Melissa also has a passion for new music. In 2009, together with the Chamber Music Company (UK) under the direction of Mark Troop, she performed newly composed South African works at the New Music Indaba hosted by UNISA. In 2011 Melissa premiered Panamanian composer Samuel Robles’ Coplas at the North West University’s Annual New Composers Concert, sponsored by the SAMRO Foundation. Currently Melissa is actively involved as soloist with the Paz Consort.


Compass rehearsal well underway

Rehearsals are now well underway and some great music is being produced by all involved.  We have some snapshots of the first rehearsal.  The Paz Consort will feature the music of Pieter Bezuidenhout,Franco Prinsloo, and Keith Moss on the 8th and 10th of August.  Newly written concerto’s for Marimba, Harp and String Orchestra will be conducted by Paz Consort director Keith Moss.  Magda de Vries brings her exceptional talent to the concert, a tireless champion of new music in South Africa.

SuitCase – the 12 cellos of the Paz Consort with CH2

This is something new!  Composer Keith Moss is arranging well loved songs and melodies from all over for 12 cellos and non other than CH2 Guitar duo.  Keith met these crazy cross-over flamenco/classical/rock/whatever you can think of after they performed with the University Orchestra of Pretoria.  This collaboration is going to present an awesome concert, and something wholly different than what Paz Consort has been up to for the past 4 years.  Don’t miss and book your tickets early at


Rehearsals underway for “Pendulum”

The Paz Consort will kick off 2013 with a new concert for voice, harp and clarinet in Nazareth House Chapel.  Performed by Kim Witbooi (voice), Gaylen Sales (harp) and Morné van Heerden (clarinet), the concert will feature new works by Pieter Bezuidenhout,Franco Prinsloo, and Keith Moss.  Rehearsals are in full swing.  The challenges arising from writing for the Harp have been educational and Gaylen has helped all the composers realise their vision by giving us a lot of coaching.  Looking forward to the first Paz Consort concert in Pretoria

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.