Steeped in classical tradition, the flute is not usually associated with innovation. This technical and idiosyncratic instrument seemingly doesn’t lend itself to wild musical explorations. Now Wouter Kellerman shows audiences the versatility of the instrument. Switching easily between classical, jazz, African and Irish music, Kellerman weaves a rich sonic tapestry.
SAMA-nominated Kellerman started young, playing mainly classical music. He attended master classes with great flautists in Europe. He is now rated the top young flautist in South Africa. More recently, he has begun an exploration into more contemporary styles.
Kellerman has finally released his long-awaited debut album, 'Colour' and will be celebrating this through an exclusive Australian Tour in the month of May. He travels with his colourful band and three exotic african dancers. 'Colour' is a musical journey through African, Latin, Jazz, Celtic sounds with Classical inspirations.
“ His music is all about passion and feel. It is world music, with influences from many different styles and cultures - Latin-American, strong>African, Irish, Tango, Flamenco spirit and some classical influences.
Wouter's playing shows that the flute is a multi-faceted
instrument that can be played with many different colours - from a beautiful
classical tone to the jazzy and experimental flute, adding funky rhythmic
sounds and special sounds that the flute can make by using the clapping
of the pads or singing while playing, for example. Some songs have a beautiful
melody, expressively played (Half Moon), and some have a funky rhythmic
quality (Khokho). The music holds that rich combination of depth and simplicity.