Cristina Rodrigues

Cristina Rodrigues

Based: Johannesburg

When it comes to elegance and versatility, Cristina Rodrigues, delivers on key every time. A compilation of electric violin and vocals, Cristina has the ability to diversify her performances for the desired occasion.

Cross-instrumentalist, Cristina Rodrigues is a soloist and collaborator. From laid-back summer afternoon cocktails to glitz-and-glamour ensembles; to corporate unravels and wedding day favourites, Cristina effortlessly floats her vocals – and her electric violin – between sets. Her musical crossover is dubbed as captivating and her audience often marvels at her unique talent as ‘vocalist-violinist’.

Cristina shares the limelight with authentic performances that engage with her crowd. She keeps the atmosphere relaxed and enjoyable, for both the conservative and confident.  As a result, Cristina’s reputation as an interactive performer hits all the high notes when it comes to ratings.

Cristina Rodrigues offers a variety of performance packages that include cross-over performances; solo performances and collaborative ensembles that are celebrating an increase in demand: THE GIRLS; CAFÉ LATTE; AERIAL SPECTACULAR; VIP LIVING CARPET and the ever-popular STARLIGHT. Each package comprises of talented and experienced musicians that hail from a range of musical backgrounds, lighting up the stage and the hearts of the evening.

 

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Carol Thorns – Cellist

Carol Thorns – Cellist

Based: Cape Town

South Africa’s leading electric cellist, Carol Thorns has been performing locally and internationally for over a decade. Armed with her striking red cello, she has won fans in India, Dubai and the UK. She was awarded a 4-star rating for her audio-visual show ‘Red Cello Electrified’ at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world.

Her popular solo cello album Fireflies In The Rain was nominated for Best Instrumental Album 2010 at the South African Music Awards.

 

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Urban Strings

Urban Strings

Based: Johannesburg

 

Officially formed at the end of 2014, Urban Strings is made up of twelve talented and diverse musicians from South Africa. Fronted by vocalist, violinist and multi-disciplinary creative Larah Eksteen, the diverse ensemble exudes a distinctive sound which paints an authentic ambiance in live performances.

Brought together by their musical disciplines, the pool of talented professional electric and acoustic string section respectively features violinists, viola players, cellists, double bassists, an electric harpist, pianist and guitarist.

Setting the standard high, Urban Strings made their debut on the stage of South African Idols Season 10, performing on three live episodes alongside winner Vincent Bones, Donald Moatshe, DJ Tiro and the Top 10 contestants.

The bold composition and versatility of the ensemble is depicted by Urban Strings’ glam electronica act. The act is described as a fusion of electro, live strings, neo-jazz and down tempo grooves and appeals to lovers of music right across the board.

Far from the traditional form of a string collective, Urban Strings have taken a refreshing approach by pushing boundaries musically as evident in past collaborations with the likes of some South African artists namely: ProVerb, RJ Benjamin, and Reason.

It is safe to say that Urban Strings are paving a way to a new South African sound. They have fashioned the winning combination of successfully mixing genres and giving a new perspective to a string infused sound.

Not being strangers to the stage, Urban Strings are open to performing at corporate events, launches, private functions, music festivals, weddings and markets.

 

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Palm Strings Duo

Palm Strings Duo

Based: Cape Town

Mike Hoole and Titia Blake, resident musicians in the departure lounge at Rovos Rail, have been delighting everyone with their music since they teemed up in 1997. They are on the preferred suppliers list of every major Hotel in the Western Cape.

Using a battery powered PA they are adaptable and can play in remote places such as a rocky outcrop in Bushman’s Kloof, a secluded beach along the West Coast, a yacht moored outside Clifton beach…as well as intimate venues such as the Fynbos Gardens at the 12 Apostles Hotel or the private dining room on top of the Westin Grand.

They are adept at creating the right atmosphere to suit the occasion.

Palm Strings Duo offer a full range of sound equipment which include both standard and battery powered PA systems. The enormous benefit of this being that all ceremonies have the flexibility of being conducted anywhere!

The Palm Strings Duo has become associated with weddings throughout the Western Cape. Titia and Michael have been playing together for many years & have a wealth of information to share with you.

 

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Intrique

Intrique

Based: Johannesburg

Ambience, atmosphere, style and sophistication; Intrique’ s musical magic sparkles from vibrant jazzy to classical, local South African favourites and contemporary. Intrique offers a wide-ranging repertoire to suit the needs of your specific function.

On saxophone, Rike Coetzer adds her classy touch seasoned over years performing at venues such as the Hilton Jazz bar in Abu Dhabi, also featured in shows like “Roll over Beethoven”, “Rock me Amadeus” or “Piano Boys”, performing with bands Southern Glow, Avalanche, Mathys Roets, Scandal. Experience includes work with big bands, string quartets and vocal trios. 

On violin – Kristel Birkholtz is an accomplished solo and ensemble player. She has performed in various Barnyard Theatre productions as well as in classical concerts. She received a SAMA nomination in 2010 in the category ‘Best Instrumental DVD’ for her album “The Sea in Spring”.

The unique blend of saxophone and violin is a delightful and unique feature to ensure a special touch to any event.

Soul, Sound, Substance and Integrity, true musical entertainment – Intrique!

 

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Leon Gropp

Leon Gropp

Based: Johannesburg

Leon Gropp is a professional and award winning guitarist/singer-songwriter/stage artist. He has been in the music industry since 2005, mainly as one half of the internationally acclaimed Guitar duo, CH2.

As a solo artist, he is known for his unique cross-over fusion style of music, combining elements of Classical, Acoustic, Easy-Listening and even Spanish rhythms. His music and style of performing makes him an ideal act for corporate functions, weddings and other events.

He can also be booked with a percussionist and/or other solo instrument (violin, cello, guitar). He is a multi-award winning artist, with 3 SAMA awards (South African Music Awards), 2 Huisgenoot VONK awards, and a GHOEMA award, for his role in various musical projects.

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