Grappelli-Django Camp Cape Town
Classically trained and widely regarded as Stéphane Grappelli’s heir, Tim Kliphuis first made his name playing with the fiery European gypsy guitarists, then developed a more personal style which has taken him on a busy touring schedule around the world. Tim has shared the stage with legends Frankie Gavin, Richard Galliano and Les Paul and has been lauded for his musical genius by Nigel Kennedy. He is still in touch with the traditional Sinti gypsies through regular performances with The Rosenberg Trio. In 2013, he was awarded the Scottish Jazz Award. An in-demand educator, Kliphuis is the author of best-selling Mel Bay books ‘Stéphane Grappelli Gypsy Jazz Violin’ and ‘Grappelli Licks’, the ‘Hot Jazz Violin’ DVDs and Jazz Etudes on video. His workshops and masterclasses have been featured at festivals, conservatoires and summer courses in the USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, Japan and Europe. Tim teaches improvisation at the Amsterdam and Tilburg conservatoires and hosts the annual sell-out Grappelli-Django Camp back home in Holland every August. “Winningly playful and technically brilliant” – The Scotsman “One of the world’s finest fiddlers” – County Times  “Prodigiously talented, fearsomely fast and fun” – Time Out "The legitimate heir to Grappelli's crown" - Acoustic Magazine Bernard Kotze graduated from the University Of Cape Town with a degree in Western Classical Composition, Orchestration and Jazz Arrangement winning numerous awards including the Meyer Levinson Composition prize in his final year. He developed an obsession with gypsy jazz guitar and Django Reinhardt after learning to play during his high school years and it persists to this day. In 2007 he started Manouche, one of the few gypsy jazz bands in south africa and after 2 full length albums and an EP they are spreading the gypsy jazz gospel with a twist to all parts of the country. In addition to Manouche, he is a freelance composer and orchestrator working in film, theater, television and advertising.
Being the Gemini that Sarah Blake is, she could never make up her mind when it came to choosing an instrument. As a child, she bounced around from different strings, woodwinds, brass, and eventually fell in love with the double bass at the tender age of 19. Ever since then, she has played in Oslo at the Oslo Jazz Festival, performed with recognised violinist Tim Kliphuis, and has travelled and played extensively with the Gypsy Jazz band Manouche. Her interests are not limited to Gypsy Jazz. She is able, and willing, to play anything from pop to reggae, classical to jazz. She is passionate about what she does and wants to share her knowledge.