Melanie Scholtz is a South African born, multi award winning jazz singer and composer.
She started playing the piano from the age of 5 and went on to study Opera at The University of Cape Town Opera School where she graduated Cum Laude with a Performer's Diploma in Opera in 2000.
Since then, she has released five successful solo albums and has won many awards; In 2010, Melanie was named the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz and In 2012, won all three prizes at the prestigious Jazz Revelations competition as part of the Jazz a Juan Festival in Nice, France.
Her collaboration with Anti Apartheid activist and poet James Matthews called Freedom's Child, brought to life the struggles of Apartheid and how by adding music to his poems helped the message reach a new generation of South Africans.
Melanie has performed all over the world including her native country, South Africa, Czech Republic, Slovakia , Germany , France, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the United States. She has performed alongside Kurt Elling at the Joy of Jazz festival in Johannesburg in 2012, with the Cape Town Philharmonic alongside the late Hugh Masekela in 2015 and also jammed alongside Bobby McFerrin at the Anjazz Jazz festival in Norway in 2011.
Melanie also has a solo looping project called The Lone Looper, whereby using a looping machine to create songs by layering and looping her voice.
In July 2018, Melanie was part of the Centennial celebration showcase concert at Dizzy's at Jazz at Lincoln Centre as part of a program honoring the late President and humanitarian Nelson Mandela with a project called The Descendants – An African Sextet in New York.
She currently resides in East Village, New York and is employed as a vocal teacher at the 92 Y School of Music and is frequently invited by Jazz at Lincoln Centre as a featured musician giving workshops for conferences and events.
With Anders Aurum (piano) and Jo Skaansar (bass).
Sted: Hamar teater
Tidspunkt: 10.05.2019 kl. 20.30