Founder Chairperson and later Events Manager of the NPO ‘Hand-in-Hand Creatives’.
Ulla was born in Germany where she had a successful business. She later moved to Greece with her husband and worked in tourism and building. She has resided in South Africa since 2004 and worked passionately on creating remarkable jazz events. Her consistent collaboration with venues, musicians and the audience has earned her recognition in the jazz scene.
Ulla promotes regular Jazz performances at various venues in Cape Town most notably:
- Foyer Sessions at the Masque Theatre, at 37 Main Road in Muizenberg,
- The Museum Concerts in the South Africa Sendinggestig Museum, (aka the Slave Church) at 40 Long Street in Cape Town, and
- Lapa Sessions at the i-Studios Lapa, at Maroela Road, Joostenberg Vlakte, (Kraaifontein)
Ulla received positive feedback for a Jazz Festival in Muizenberg. Through her events she met Muriel Marco and they joined forces to produce the inaugural event in 2017.
Muriel’s versatility and love for diverse music genres has broaden her horizon to the extent to be the co-founder of several projects and bands of contrasting music styles. She is acting as the manager of Blaze Function Band, Tucan Tucan, ND Project as well as managing the bookings for X-Music Entertainment.
Muriel is an active performer who has performed with different outfits at renowned festivals and events such as the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival (Rome), the Jazzathon, the Verao Amarelo Jazz Festival and Tunduro Festvial (Mozambique), The FIFA World Cup 2010 Final Draw Gala dinner, the World Economic Forum Gala dinner, The FIFA Fan Parks and Fan Jols, Rocking the Daisies, to mention a few.
She toured Southern African countries such as Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya with Tucan Tucan, Carambola, Cuba Libre and Tren Latino Band. She also toured Abu Dhabi with Blaze Band and Italy with Tucan Tucan.
As a composer, Muriel writes for film, TV and radio.
Muriel, together with Ghalik Jacobs, received a Golden Horn Award for best original composition for the movie “Confessions of a Gambler” and she co-wrote with Frank Paco some of the music featured in German movie “Glamour and Glory”.
Her compositions are being played in programs such as “Hectic 99” and renowned soap opera “Generations”. She was also finalist in the International Song-Writing Competition – World category with track “Esa Morena”.
Muriel holds a BMus in Arrangement and Composition with distinction in Ethnomusicology from UCT.
About the Masque Theatre
Tucked in between iconic Surfers’ Corner and Muizenberg Mountain Peak, the Masque Theatre’s proximity to main roads, highways, and public transport makes world-class entertainment easily accessible to all people coming from anywhere and by any means.
The Masque Theatre comfortably seats an audience of 165 and is built and equipped to provide a high-fidelity, uninterrupted listening and viewing experience, making the Muizenberg Jazz Festival a formidable festival for listeners, musicians and spectators alike.
About the Muizenberg Jazz Festival
The vision for the Jazz Festival is threefold:
- To provide a place for the artist and art form to thrive,
- To thoroughly entertain the audience, and
- To leave the surrounding community and audience enlightened, engaged and enriched.
The line-up for 2018 will feature 10 acts each performing an hour long set over the course of two evenings, as well as a Jazz photography exhibition in the foyer of the theatre. There will also be a series of music workshops presented by some of the star performers which are free to attend.
This is the second Jazz Festival in Muizenberg, which builds on the success of the inaugural event in 2017. The festival this year promises to be another fantastic event! We are excited to bring world-class musicians to the audience in Cape Town, and look forward to welcoming you to the shows.