Guy Buttery Trio

Guy_Buttery_Trio_website10 October 2018

The Guy Buttery Trio takes to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre stage for a special once-off, mid-week concert on Wednesday 10 October. The collaboration consists of a collision of strings, with genius front man Guy Buttery on guitar, Indian born sitar player and vocalist Kanada Narahari- and bass player extraordinaire Shane Cooper. The trio premiered two shows together to packed-out audiences at the 2018 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in July.

During this enchanting and captivating 70-minute experience, Buttery will swop out his guitar and pick up the mbira- the African thumb piano- while Narahari’s emotive voice will complement the various instruments. Cooper will feature on both electric bass and acoustic double bass, as well as a variety of live samples.  Buttery continues to break the mould yet again his new music. His new Afro-Indian fusion sets up the perfect platform to take his intricate guitar-based compositions out of their solo guitar environment. He aims to re-contextualise these sounds, bringing India even closer to its well-established second home in South Africa.

Buttery states: “The fusing of music from both of these rich and varied musical backgrounds is rooted in my progressive exploration of these worlds- bridging the gap as well as re-imagining the realms between Africa and India.” Continuing, he shares, “I’ve been working with Kanada the last year or so as a duo. About two years back I did the same with Shane. The only trio shows together thus far were at NAF so this will be our KZN debut.” Both Cooper and Buttery are Standard Bank Young Artists award recipients, with Cooper receiving the Young Artist for Jazz in 2013 and Buttery being acknowledged with the Young Artist for Music earlier this year.

It has been almost two years since Buttery performed at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on UKZN campus, having previously joined forces with The Odeion String Quartet in a sold-out, one-off performance.  The incredible Guy Buttery Trio performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available in advance through Computicket ( or 0861 915 8000 or at any Checkers Money Market Counter).  Tickets are R120, with a discount price of R80 for students, scholars and pensioners, on presentation of valid ID.  There will be door sales on the night, subject to availability.