Grensloos | 1 Night Only | Garden Route Casino | 6 September
Catch Coenie de Villiers and Andre Schwarts tinkling the ivories on stage for the first time together in ‘Grensloos’ for one night only at Bravo Lounge, Garden Route Casino on 6 September 2022. Book your tickets at the Casino Cash Desk now. Tickets are only R150pp. Rewards discounts apply. Seating is unreserved so get there when the doors open at 19h00, the show starts at 20h00.
Two of the most famous musicians in South Africa, André Schwartz and Coenie de Villiers join forces for the very first time in the music production Grensloos. “We’ve been threatening to create something together for years, and André and I just decided that now is the time, while we still can,” says Coenie.
“There are actually four of us on stage: the two of us and two grand pianos – we needed two pianos because we both play during the show. Everyone knows that André is a singer of international stature, but not everyone realises that he is also an accomplished pianist,” says Coenie. “Grensloos is also a quieter show that looks slightly inward.”
No moss gathers under the feet of this dynamic duo – they tour the country performing at ladies’ mornings, big festivals and even private functions.
But why the title ‘Grensloos’ (Borderless)? “We wanted to create something that transcends borders,” says André. “The show includes incredible lesser-known compositions from France and the Netherlands among other countries, and then of course also from South Africa. We perform some of our own compositions, quite a few of them will be completely new to audiences. We both wanted to put together a show without a single compromise – you never know when you’ll get the chance again!”
During the show, Schwartz and De Villiers also talk about their first recordings. “It’s a bit like looking at your old matric farewell photos,” both musicians laugh. “Hopefully we’ve both grown over the years; now one can put together a show where you can do the things you’ve always wanted to. And it’s fantastic to work together – we should have tried this a long time ago!”
Schwartz and De Villiers become serious for a moment. “And it’s also a positive performance – no one is bound by his or her fate in life. It’s incredible to see the range of songs that reflect this message of living and letting live across all borders – not just the borders between countries, but also the borders between people, genders and cultures. At the end of the day, everyone is only human…”
Come and celebrate life in word and song, performed by two of our country’s leading musicians.
There is something magical that happens when these two artists enter the stage – unmissable and unforgettable.