Image by Gregory Franz
Written by MARTIN MYERS for Bizzcommunity
Shepherd’s music also features prominently in rising independent filmmaker Nadine Cloete’s documentary, Action Kommandant, based on the untold story of the young South African revolutionary freedom fighter, Ashley Kriel.
I caught up with the humble man earlier this week ahead of his tour to Europe next week to find out what music means to him and more…
When I’m making music either live or composing in the studio.
Well, it definitely is the thing I spend most of my time on. It’s not the most important thing in my life, but definitely is the biggest part of it in terms of how much I put into it.
Two years ago, we were playing in a small jazz club in Cape Town when halfway through a tune, a big beer glass just exploded in the bar. Needless to say, the band was definitely playing too loud.
My daughter. Although she isn’t my possession, or maybe she is till 18? Or make that 21… hahaha. I do own a beautiful Steinway and Sons Model S grand piano that I’m quite fond of too.
I take a double whiskey dry.
That’s also difficult to say. In my jazz career I’ve toured to 18 countries around the world and played in some of the most prestigious venues and some of the best festivals including Carnegie Hall (New York), The Tokyo Jazz Festival (Japan), Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada) Stadschouwberg (Amsterdam) to name a few.
Now that my focus is on writing music for films, I would say that my dream gig is to score any films by my favorite director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049).
Formula 1 driver 🙂
Quiet, musical, hardworking, inquisitive, persistent.
Crepuscule… Actually, it’s a swear word, but I won’t go there.
That “cat is bad” man, in jazz means that person is a great player. Ha-ha.
When there’s not enough work, although, for the last few years I’ve pretty much been working non-stop. Sometimes the complaining is therapeutic. Ha-ha.
Not working enough. It’s an endless cycle.
Watch out for a series of performances from Shepard at the Baxter Theatre in December on the Jonathan Rubain show Cape Jazz is Lekka from 13 December 2017.