Matthew Rice Trio with Nick Turner

January 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
cafe Roux Noordhoek

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Is a close knit unite of singular musicians. At its core are Matthew Rice (Vocals, Lyrics, Guitars). Damian Staz (Drums) and Mark Ruthven (Bass). It is however a modular design that can be retrofitted with outboard power from Ronan Skillen (Percussion) and Maxim Starcke (Sound design, Soprano saxophone and Guitars)


Rice, Staz and Ruthven met and formed the trio over the course of 2015. Meeting in a secret location to explore clandestine recipes and formulae. At last, after two years of experimenting, tinkering and fine adjustments, they have been releasing some of their creations to selected audiences. The testing process has met with enthusiastic responses and garnered a burgeoning base of support among fans from around the Cape peninsular.

On larger shows, Skillen and Starcke who have worked with Rice for more than a decade, are a seamless addition to the kaleidoscope of sound that is this band.


The songs are Matthew Rice’s creations. They carry his dark melancholy and fascination with polyrhythmic sonic geometry. The lyrics often deal with the shadowy sides of human nature. Exploring themes such as unrequited love, greed, jealousy and self delusion. Chords and harmonies lean towards minor keys, but the darkness is offset by powerful, driving grooves, leading the music in unexpected directions.


Matthew Rice has collaborated and shared the stage with some of South Africa’s finest.

Among these are Freshly Ground, Hot Water, Tony Cox, Steve Newman, Syd Kitchen, Madala Kunene and others. He has worked with Nikki Jackman of Isidingo and Sharlto Cpley of District 9 on soundtracks for their private showreels. He has written, coproduced and arranged two albums, numerous singles and a recently released EP.

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Accomplished Singer/ Songwriter and guitarist Nick Turner was the founding member of Sons of Trout in the late 90’s, and later one half of Mikanic, with fellow Trout Mike Rennie.

Nicks music effortlessly spans genres with influences ranging from Rock, Reggae, and Afro-Pop to Ghoema, hip-hop and jazz. He writes in both English and Afrikaans, with songs that are lyrically powerful, relevant, humorous and energetic. His music has a wide appeal, with performances that feature virtuosic musicianship.

After spending several years in New York City, Nick returned to Cape Town to embark on a solo career. Since then he has been a regular highlight on the stages of the countrys major music festivals including Oppikoppi, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Rocking the Daisies and KKnK, the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees. At KKnK, Nick has been involved in a number of award-winning shows. In 2010, he won the award for â Best Debut Production alongside Karen Zoid and Louis Mhlanga in the show a Malaika/My Engelâ In 2015, he was part of the show a˜Al le die Berge Nog so Blou which clinched the award for Best Music Production❠at the festival. The show went on to win the prestigious Fiesta award for â Best Music ProductionVthat same year. He has collaborated with some of the best in the business including Zolani Mahola, Albert Frost, Tony Cedras and Bakithi Kumalo (from Paul Simon fame), Karen Zoid, Louis Mhlanga, to name a few

After much anticipation Nick has released his first solo album . Home and Secure.

Home and Secure is a retrospective of Nick’s career spanning 20 years in the industry. A really a homecoming album,he says, retrospective of my love affair with music and the journey it has taken me on, which has spanned twenty years, so far.

Nick drew together a stellar line-up of musical collaborators to weave the rich sonic tapestry of the album.

Most of the songs on the thirteen-track album are new, including a few Afrikaans numbers which are already favourites with live audiences, as well as fresh takes on a couple of songs from Nicks Trout and Mikanic days.

As always when it comes to Nick Turners music, not only is the musicianship masterful but the album is also lyrically so smart; there are songs that will make you smile and others that bite, very nicely indeed.