Cape Town audiences are in for a treat when the multiple award-winning instrumental pop group Sterling EQ takes the stage at one of Cape Town’s freshest new theatres – The Theatre @ The Rockwell in Greenpoint, on Saturday 14 May 2016.
Known for changing the face of instrumental music in South Africa and beyond with their extraordinary fusion of virtuosity and fresh beats, Sterling EQ boasts four successful releases, over 900 live performances since 2008, and thousands of followers worldwide. They have performed in 10 countries and for live audiences of up to 40,000, and on live broadcasts to millions of global television viewers. Sterling EQ proudly boasts a South African Music Award (2011) and a Ghoema Music Award (2013) as well as various further nominations.
The Show & the Venue
Launced in April 2015 and Located on 32 Prestwich Street in Cape Town’s trendy De Waterkant Village in Greenpoint, The Rockwell Theatre adjacent to The Rockwell All Suite Hotel, with its state-of-the-art theatre facilities and uniquely Capetonian interior, also offers patrons safe parking as well as various dinner options to enjoy before and during the show.
“We are really excited about performing at this venue; there are not many options for performers or fans to enjoy a gig right in the city centre, and this venue is phenomenal!” says Sterling EQ’s Carina Bruwer.
Tickets cost R125 and can be booked through Computicket. The venue is offering the following special: Book a table of 4 and received a complimentary bottle of Flagstone “Poetry” Wine… Double your numbers and receive double the wine. Bookings / enquiries can be made on firstname.lastname@example.org / 021 421 0015.
The acclaimed trio is lead by celebrated flute virtuoso Carina Bruwer who is also widely known for her marathon swimming feats, with the dynamic Ariella Caira enchanting on the electric cello, and ace violinist and composer Luca Hart whose Grappelli-inspired improvisations has audiences in awe. These three Classically trained virtuosos share dozens of awards, degrees and distinctions between them, as well as a passion for the latest beats and pop music trends.
Through regular live performainces, playing at SA’s most coveted events, touring their albums, sharing stages with global music icons, and enjoying extensive media coverage across all mainstream media, the all-woman supergroup has inspired music fans and fellow musicians alike, with numerous new acts popping up within the Sterling-coined genre of “instrumental pop”. Career highlights include winning an SA Music Award in 2011 (becoming only the 2nd all-girl band in a decade to do so), signing a major record deal with EMI South Africa in 2011, performing across 12 countries at top events like the SAMA Awards Show, the FIFA Congress Opening Ceremony and Official World Cup Banquet (2010), the World Travel Awards in India, Dubai, Durban and Johannesburg, SA Idols 2011 (guest artist), the IPL 2009 Opening Matches and the Cape Town Stadium launch and numerous private and corporate parties, events and showcases; as well as collaborating with the likes of Boney M, Dave van Vuuren and Loyiso Bala, and sharing stages with artists such as Snow Patrol, Carole Samaha and Lira.
The program promises to enthral young and old and will include breathtaking instrumental acrobatics expected in pieces like Asturias and Spain, innovative arrangements of Classical pieces like Handel’s Sarabande, soulful melodies such as AR Raman’s Mumbai Theme, and Mike Batt’s Caravans Theme, locally inspired numbers including Mbube and Lisa se Klavier, as well as Sterling EQ originals, Eastern European inspired pieces and, inevitably, a bit of Jethro Tull.
Sterling EQ www.sterlingeq.co.za
The Rockwell Theatre: http://www.rockwellhotel.co.za/theatre
STERLING EQ MAKES ITALIAN DEBUT, AND BRUWER WOWS ITALIAN CROWD WITH 21KM SWIM FOR SOUTH AFRICAN CAUSE
Carina Bruwer – South African marathon swimming veteran and lead player of multiple award-winning instrumental pop group Sterling EQ – made waves in Italy this week when she completed an epic 21km solo swim for charity, following on from Sterling EQ’s debut performance in Italy the night before.
The solo swim was a special feature at the annual SwimTheIsland race in Bergeggi in the province of Liguria – one of Europe’s largest open water events with over 2000 swimmers competing in distances ranging from 800m to 6km. Carina, who was invited as an international celebrity to endorse the race for the second year, aimed to complete 18km by swimming multiple laps of the race route, to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, the South African charity that is the sole beneficiary of her “Swim For Hope” project. When she had finished 18km, she announced to the excited crowd that she would swim an extra lap to raise additional funds, despite having suffered multiple jellyfish stings. She ultimately completed 21km in a time of 6h25’58.
“I felt great after 18km and I knew that I would have the crowd’s attention when I came out, as this was going to be the end of my swim. As they were cheering and the presenter started to interview me, I suggested swimming another lap, for the little fighters in South Africa. The crowd went crazy and started donating Euros there and then. I swam an extra 3km to reach a total distance of 21km, and could hear the cheers from a distance as I approached the finish – it was amazing, and it certainly numbed the pain from the more than 20 jellyfish stings!”, said Carina, who was awarded il Golgo dell’ Isola’s “symbolic honorary citizenship” by the Mayors of Spotorno during the post-event award ceremony.
Sterling EQ’s other two members, Ariella Caira and Luca Hart, supported Carina from the beach, and made sure that Carina’s swim was trending on social media, lobbying for support through regular updates and image postings. The SAMA award-winning trio performed at the opening of the event on Saturday night on the piazza in Spotorno, to a capacity audience consisting of participants, supporters and members of the public. “It was fantastic to share the experience with Ariella and Luca”, says Carina. “It is the first time that Sterling EQ and my swimming share a platform, and it certainly attracted a huge amount of interest – we have a whole new all-Italian fan base!”
Carina’s swimming background
Having made an indelible mark on the marathon swimming record books through many daring and record-breaking swimming feats since 2002 (most notable swims include the 36km English Channel crossing, 35km across False Bay, and a world record breaking Gibraltar Straits crossing), Carina took a break from open water swimming when she started a family in 2008. She returned in 2013 with her first “Swim For Hope”, which was a dramatic rounding of Cape Point in support of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust (LFCT). Ever since, she swims exclusively for this organization, which supports children with cancer and their families.
About Swim For Hope
Since 2013, Swim For Hope has raised over R250,000 as well as valuable exposure for LFCT. The Bergeggi swim has raised nearly R20,000 so far and donations are still welcomed on justgiving.com. Monies raised through this particular swim will go towards the organisation’s Christmas Elves Project, through which they provide a Christmas Gift to every paediatric oncology patient on 15 hospital’s patient lists across South Africa. This amounts to approximately 2 000 children with cancer. They will also aim to buy groceries for struggling families affected by child cancer, as well as gifts for the siblings who often feel abandoned due to the crippling effect which child cancer has on the family.
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N O T E S T O T H E E D I T O R
- Carina Bruwer is an acclaimed Classically trained-turned contermporary flautist and founder of Sterling EQ. As a swimmer, she competed in 7 countries between 2004 and 2006, breaking nearly a dozen records (national and international), winning numerous races, and enjoying significant media coverage, highlights of which includes being one of Cosmopolitan’s Awesome Woman 2005, one of Glamour’s “Women We Love” 2005, and Sports Illustrated’s “Top 10 Beauties of Sport”, plus an international insert on Gillette World Sport. She will feature on CNN’s “African Voices” during November.
R E C O R D S: Carina held the female record for the fastest Straits of Gibraltar crossing for 5 years, the overall record for the fastest swim around Robben Island, and the female record for the Cape Point swim. To date, she is the only swimmer to have rounded both the southern-most and the northern-most tips of Africa, and the only person to successfully swim around Danger Point. She also holds the record for the longest swim by a female in the Messina Straits for her Messina Straits Quadruple crossing of 15km.
- Swim the Island is part of the World Open Water Swimming Series and takes place in the fascinating Marine Protected Area of Bergeggi, in the north-west coast of Italy. Now in its 5th year, the event has become the biggest of its sort in Europe. Carina was invited by organizers BeWater, to endorse the race as international celebrity, with her ultra distance efforts enjoying extensive coverage in media and at the event.
- Sterling EQ is a South African instrumental pop group lead by Carina Bruwer on flute, with Luca Hart on electric violin and Ariella Caira on electric cello. The three-piece has performed over 900 shows in 12 countries, released 3 albums and a live DVD, and won 3 major music awards, most notably a 2011 South Afircan Music Award.
- The Little Fighters Cancer Trust supports children diagnosed with cancer and their families, by offering wide variety of individualized assistance, including, but not restricted to, provision of food and groceries, transport, clothing, furnishings, bedding, medication, medical equipment and 24 hour emotional support. Parents of diagnosed children often lose or leave their jobs to be able to provide the special care and support required, which, together with the huge emotional strain of having a terminally sick child, often disables the family financially and emotionally. Little Fighters steps in to help create a support system in order for the children and their families to maintain their dignity, and with it, provide hope.
Sterling EQ is a proud endorsee of AKG Wireless Systems.
The popular SAMA-winning instrumental pop group counts on the pristine sound and reliability of their AKG Wireless systems to deliver their performances faithfully every time. Sponsored by the importers, Audiosure, and available through dealers nationally – visit www.akgsa.co.za to locate one near you, or www.agk.com for the official site. Product used: WMS470 Presenter set with instrument accessories
Multiple award-winning South African instrumental pop group Sterling EQ arrived back in South Africa on Tuesday after a four-day trip to Turkey, where they headlined at the prestigious European World Travel Awards Ceremony in Antalya on Saturday 31 August
The all-woman group, founded in 2007, has now performed over 800 live shows in 11 countries across 4 continents. They have released 3 studio albums and a live DVD, winning a South African Music Award (SAMA), Ghoema Music Award and Huisgenoot Tempo Award on top of numerous nominations. Carina Bruwer, leader and founder of Sterling EQ, said: “This has definitely been one of our career highlights. The response from the European audience was unbelievable; they had enormous appreciation for our music and seemed very impressed by the fact that were all trained in South Africa.” Sterling EQ was dressed for the event by local fashion house Milq and Honey. ”We wanted to promote South Africa through our presence at the event and chose Milq and Honey for its uniquely South African, yet international feel, which we feel echoes Sterling EQ’s style and sound”, said Bruwer.
The European travel industry’s elite, including senior executives of leading travel companies, government ministers and top tourism decision-makers, attended the gala event hailed as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry”. The World Travel Awards’ global media partner network includes TV5Monde, CNBC Arabiya, Khaleej Times, Trade Arabia, TTN ABTA Magazine, ASTA Network, Breaking Travel News, eTurboNews, Trav Talk, Travel Daily News International, Focus on Travel News, Vox Africa, New Focus Travel Magazine, Tourism Review, JAX FAX, Passport Magazine, Travel & Leisure China and National Geographic Traveller. This global media partner network has a monthly readership of 1.2 million and a TV audience reach of 90 million.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Sterling EQ Official Website: http://www.sterlingeq.co.za
Sterling EQ in Turkey (behind the scenes): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.482921825136850.1073741828.388150237947343&type=3
Sterling EQ live at the European World Travel Awards: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.486162028146163.1073741830.388150237947343&type=3
World Travel Awards: http://www.worldtravelawards.com