2018 Text Version
It’s been two years since the release of Jacques Rautenbach’s debut album Shades of Blue. After the submission to radio stations, three of the album singles were play-listed in various countries including, Netherlands, Romania, Uzbekistan, South Africa, Australia and more…
In the past two years Jacques has worked on various exciting projects such as writing music for an American film company, produced some albums and of course the writing of his latest album “Death Becomes Me” The album is a collection of ‘movie theme’ inspired songs written mostly for Violin, Cello and Piano but also has a strong brass & woodwinds undertone. There is definitely a variety of songs such as “Dark Soul” which has a strong rock feel (and features upcoming star Damian Jarrod Richards) “The Storm Inside” which is a dramatic ballad and “The Dream Giver” which is a soft emotional ballad sure to capture your imagination…
Most of the strings were done by legendary performers such as Lizelle Le Roux, Evert van Niekerk, Judith Klins and the wonderful Susan Mouton. There is also a collaboration “Negev Enhle” with top Israeli violinist Ariella Zeitlin that will blow your imagination wide open. Some of the other performers include: Vinnie Henrico, Lizet Smit, Johan Rautenbach, Matthys Maree, Andrew Roman, Shannon LaBonte Armer, Johan Fereira, Polina Burdukova-Kemp, Megan Rautenbach, Ryan Hoffmann, Mariette Labuschagne and Jacques himself featuring on piano, drums and percussion.
Jacques has also been busy with a more traditional classical album and hopes to release this within the next few weeks. After the successful release of “Shades of my Soul” (the Unplugged (Quartet) versions of some of the Shades of Blue pieces) I realised that the fans appreciate ‘raw authentic’ beauty and that’s why I decided to release “Dreamers Lullaby” This will be quartet versions of some of the songs with five new Baroque inspired pieces “I think as a composer it’s been a challenge to write so many different genres, but that’s also what’s kept me sane, limiting myself to one thing is very tiring”