Landscapes for Guitar
Concert guitarist and University of Stellenbosch guitar lecturer Nina Fourie-Gouws, and award winning animator and motion design artist Gerard Seymour join forces for a unique multi-disciplinary production that juxtaposes striking and virtuosic compositions for classical guitar with dramatic animated works of art. This exciting production sets virtuosic programme music, often evocative of awe inspiring landscapes, to a backdrop of animated works of art, exploring the connection between music and art, the physical, mental and metaphysical.
Gerard Seymour skilfully interweaves animation with mixed media styles of art including dark charcoal, strong black & white photographic elements, inks and contrasted line art. Special guest performances include acclaimed Flamenco dancer and choreographer Che Adams and the Stellenbosch Guitar Quartet.
This was great! Fantastic project, wonderfully original concept. The animation and playing both were just beautiful. Congratulations!Colin Davin
Co-head of guitar department, Cleveland Institute of Music
Visual arts and musical excellence all in one! Absolutely brilliant. Congratulations to this fantastic production.Cornelia Malherbe
Director of Research Contracts, University of Stellenbosch
What a concert! The visuals that accompanied Nina’s exquisite playing was so beautiful and apt.Emma Farquharson
Media Liason, Biblioteek Productions
About the Soloists
Nina Fourie-Gouws (Classical Guitar) was born in Pretoria, South Africa. She completed both her Bachelor and Masters in Music Performance degrees at the University of Pretoria and also received a Licentiate in Classical Guitar Teaching from the University of South Africa. In 2012 Fourie-Gouws obtained her Postgraduate in Music Performance with distinction from the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town. She is the first guitarist to receive these honours cum laude.
Hailed as “one of South Africa’s top performing artists” (Art of Guitar Festival), Nina Fourie-Gouws maintains an active concert schedule throughout Southern Africa with 2019 performances including multiple sold out performances and standing ovations at SU Woordfees, Classical for All festival and Klein Karoo Klassique. She has performed as a guest artist on the South African television show, Kyknet’s Draadloos as well as a featured artist at the Volterra Guitar Project, in Italy. Since 2013 Nina Fourie-Gouws has been a part-time guitar lecturer at Stellenbosch Konservatorium where she teaches pre-undergraduate and undergraduate practical music studies, accompaniment, repertoire studies and teaching methodology.
Gerard James Seymour (Animation) is an award winning professional animator/motion designer based in Cape Town, South Africa. His experience includes working on various projects from a multiple award winning BBC animated short film ‘The Stickman’ to the more corporate world of animating for clients such as Marriott international. Gerard Seymour has also directed, written & worked on an award winning short film Somnium that has been recognized by the New York Film and TV awards in 2013 as well as the YouTube channel ‘CGbros’ that acts as a platform promoting digital animated short films. Somnium currently sits with 858 000 views on YouTube.
Che Adams (Flamenco dance), artistic director and choreographer of Tierra Flamenca Dance Company, regularly performs throughout Southern Africa. Che has studied extensively in Spain under some of Spain’s foremost flamenco dancers, including Angel Munoz, Leonor Leal, and Fuensanta La Moneta, and is passionate about collaboration and sharing her knowledge about emotive movement with others. She holds an Instructor de Baile qualification from the International Spanish Dance Society and has taught courses throughout South Africa.