Africa and USA Collaboration

ARC’s Jeff “Siege” Siegel has produced a brilliant new recording titled “King of Xhosa” (ARC-2710), which is due for release in January 2017. On “King of Xhosa”, Siegel, backed by his regular working quartet, has collaborated with African jazz master, Fezile “Feya” Faku. A drummer/composer and educator who lives in the Woodstock, New York area, Siegel has been a professional jazz musician for four decades. He has performed and or recorded with artists such as Dave Douglas, Sir Roland Hanna, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Ryan Kisor, Ravi Coltrane, Arthur Rhames, Kurt Elling, Mose Allison and many, many more. He’s also an Adjunct Professor of Music at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, Western Connecticut State University & SUNY at New Paltz. Siegel noted: “Feya is a most magical musician and a wonderful spirit that I have dreamed about working and recording with since I met him and became friends in South Africa two years ago. You might be familiar with him from his tours in the U.S. with the South African group Uhadi.”

JEFF "SIEGE" SIEGEL
JEFF “SIEGE” SIEGEL

Featured Musicians

Feya Faku – trumpet, flugelhorn
Erica Lindsay – tenor saxophone
Francesca Tanksley – piano
Rich Syracuse – bass
Fred Berryhill – percussion
Jeff “Siege” Siegel – drums

Meet – “Feya”

Fezile “Feya” Faku is an accomplished Jazz musician and composer. He graduated with a Diploma in Jazz Studies at the University of Natal in 1992 under the tutelage of Professor Darius Brubeck, pianist and son of renowned American pianist, Dave Brubeck.

The trumpet and flugelhorn player has performed with a significant number of South African music legends. Based in South Africa, Fezile travels frequently to perform on international stages with global counterparts. One of these long standing collaborations includes a partnership with the Paul van Kemenade Quintet, which now celebrates 20 years. In the past twenty years, Fezile has partnered with the quintet on seasonal projects across Europeans stages.

Fezile has participated in teaching and fellowship programmes teaching trumpet and ensemble work. In April 2006 he participated in a residency programme in Switzerland teaching and performing with the Swiss-South African Quintet. The University Council of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University awarded Fezile a Council Prestige Award, one of the highest award awarded by the University Council.

VIDEO – Feya Faku (live concert)

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As recently as October 2012, Fezile was Artist in Residence at the opening of the International Jazz School of the University of South Africa. Over the past two years Fezile has recorded several cds as a sideman and toured the U.S. extensively with the South African group known as “Uhadi” as well as with Kesivan Naidoo & The Lights.

Over the course of his career Fezile has performed with musicians such as: Professor Larry Ridley; Mike Rossi, Professor in Jazz and Woodwinds at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town; Mr Dave Young; Gustavo Begalli; Colin Vallon; Andy Sherrer; Eric van der Western; Brice Wassy; Malcom Braff; Samuel Blaser; and, Frederic Ljungkvist.

Discography – Fezile “Feya” Faku

As Leader:
Hommage (Challenge Records)
Tacit (MSI/EMI)
The Colours They Bring (Feya Faku Music)
Hope and Honour (Feya Faku Music)
Feya Faku Live at M2 Studio SABC
Feya Faku Swiss Quintet ‘’ le Ngoma

With Various Artist:
“Inner Storm” (Halles Komed)
“A kind of… (Paul van Kemenade)
“Brotherhood” (with U.S. Tour) (Kesivan Naidoo cd Kesivan & the Lights)
“African Tributes” (Natal University Connection )
“Art Gecko” (Counterculture)
“Township one more time” (Abdullah Ibrahim)
“Cape Town revisited” (Abdullah Ibrahim)
“Best of Abdullah Ibrahim” (Abdullah Ibrahim)
“Home at last” (Bheki Mseleku)
“We used to dance” (Andile Yenana)
“Who lyk uit” (McCoy Mrubata)
“Molo Africa” (Winston Mankunku Ngozi)
“Before it’s too late” (Darius Brubeck)
“Out of the shack” (SA- Swedish Micro Jazz Encounter)
“Zvinoshamisa” (Paul Van Kemenade Quintet)
“Maxi Cossy” (Paul Van Kemenade Quintet)
“Fufu Tryout” (Dominic Egli Plurism-Featuring Feya Faku)

Also see: Feya Faku Wikipedia (German)

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