Press Blog - Year: 2018


Launch of CD: ‘Songs of Heritage, Hope and Healing’ by Mantombi Matotiyana

On Tuesday 9 April 2019, the CD ‘Songs of Heritage, Hope and Healing’ by Mantombi Matotiyana was launched at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective (TAAC) in Observatory, Cape Town.



Vinyl listening session

ifPOP, Hidden Years and FUNGUS invites you to a rare vinyl listening session with selectors Atiyyah Khan and Rob Machiri. We’ve asked Atiyyah and Rob to select records from the Hidden Years Music Archive as a way to open the



AOI′ s Hilde Roos publishes new book on the Eoan Group

Race, politics, and opera production during apartheid South Africa intersect in this historiographic work on the Eoan Group, a “coloured” cultural organization that performed opera in the Cape.



Chris James piano finds home at AOI, by Marc Röntsch

Marc Röntsch, who started working on the Christopher Langford James archive many years ago, reflects on the donation of the James piano to AOI.



AOI Honorary Professor Michael Blake releases new CD

The Philosophy of Composition, Michael Blake’s works for cello and piano, performed by Friedrich Gauwerky (cello) and Daan Vandewalle (piano). Read Stephanus Muller’s liner notes here.



Navorsing oor musiek kry tuiste op Stellenbosch, deur Wayne Muller

Musiek, erfenis en restitusie was die elemente van Dinsdagaand se opening van die nuwe tuiste van AOI op Stellenbosch. Lees artikel in Die Burger.



New AOI offices honours first owners of house in Joubert Street, by Lynne Rippenaar-Moses

In remembering residents uprooted from central Stellenbosch because of the Group Areas Act, AOI officially named its offices after the first residents who lived at 7 Joubert Street. Read more here.



Opening AOI, by Stephanus Muller

Speech delivered by the Director of AOI, Prof. Stephanus Muller, on 9 October 2018 at the inauguration of the institute and the naming of the AOI premises at 7 Joubert Street as Pieter Okkers-huis.



Sounding Cities

Sounding Cities is an interdisciplinary project between composers, artists and performers that links the cities of Johannesburg in South Africa and Birmingham in the UK.



South African composer Stanley Glasser (1926-2018)

The death has been announced on 5 August of composer and academic Stanley Glasser. Read about his song cycle, Exile, here. This article was originally published in Art South Africa 9:4, 2011.



Africa Open Institute in the Cape Times

In the run-up to Africa Day on 25 May 2018, AOI Director Stephanus Muller published the following piece in the Cape Times. Read the article here.



Reflections on the historic recordings of a South African composer by Stephanus Muller

From the outside, it looks like a barn. But on entering, you step into a spacious hall with a Model D Steinway piano and small recording studio. Potton Hall on the UK’s Suffolk coast is located in Benjamin Britten country.



Africa Open and DOMUS in Schweizer Musikzeitung, by Chris Walton

Prof. Chris Walton writes about forgetting and remembering in South Africa. Read the article here.



Value in ambiguity: listening to art music in contemporary South Africa by Stephanus Muller

How does one think about classical Western music in 2018 in South Africa? And what place do the creators of such works occupy on the country’s cultural landscape? For me, these questions were prompted during the recent world premiere performances



In search of Graham Newcater by Stephanus Muller

Response delivered at the Graham Newcater concert in the Stellenbosch Art Gallery on 25 January 2018 at, with a film by Aryan Kaganof and piano performance by Mareli Stolp.



Tien Kruiskerk provokasies deur Stephanus Muller

Hierdie artikel is in Stellenbosch Visio (Herfs 2017) gepubliseer. Die Kruiskerk-konsert was die eerste sodanige geleentheid tydens die 2015/16 studenteproteste waartydens musici, digters en skrywers ten bate van die studente opgetree het.


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