154. Die Burger, 05.12.15, Kuns & Vermaak, page 12, by "Ike sing vanaand treffers van Buble en Sinatra" #LoveSwings
153. Eikestaadnuus, 03.12.15, page 12, by Michelle van der Spuy "MORIZ'S ALBUM FULL OF SWING" #LoveSwings
Ike Moriz recently released his 16th album, "Love Swings". After a world-wide tour and the release of his latest album, Ike Moriz will have his first performance at the Oude Libertas amphitheatre on Saturday 5 December.
The Love Swings performance, a celebration of his love for swing music, features 15 carefully selected songs celebrating musical legends Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé as well as his new album. “The material on this album reflects my journey of the past three years, both literally and metaphorically,” he says. “Love Swings was mainly inspired by love. “Getting married, the love for my wife and children, witnessing the birth of our daughter Sofia and the first 2 years of her life, my recent tour of 11 European countries doing what I love doing.
“Visiting some of the most beautiful places in the world, such as the Greek Isles, France, Spain, Italy and Turkey, has been an incredible inspiration. The world has such wealth in history, culture and art. You can’t help but getting inspired.” Love Swings is written in the style of the great American songbook and the golden era of swing, but unlike many of the swing legends Moriz has writ- ten a number of the songs on his 16th album himself.
“Great crooners like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tom Jones hardly ever wrote their own material,” he points out. “This album contains seven of my own compositions as well as my interpretations of six classic standards.“This album and an earlier album of mine (Siren Terpsichore, released in 2013) was written to create original standards in the style of the old classics: catchy, timeless and uplifting songs to capture the human condition.”
Moriz completed music degrees in jazz and popular music, but feels swing music seems to like him.
“The music has a strong uplifting and calming effect on me. I love how it makes me feel, even though I’ve always thought of it as being too ‘old-school’ for me to sing in public, as I always wrote and performed rock and pop music in the past.
“I never thought I’d be doing so many albums in this style, but I’ve listened to the feedback from my fans who have again and again begged me to do this kind of music on stage. My voice seems to be suited for the style and people love it when I sing songs from this genre.”
Saturday promises to be an evening filled with great music performed by a band of legendary performers of the Cape jazz scene, featuring Navy Big Band leader Willie van Zyl on sax, guitar virtuoso Darryl An- drews, the lovely Amanda Tiffin on piano and a fabulous rhythm section. Tickets for the show, which starts at 20:15, costs R180 and can be booked at Computicket.
South African jazz musician and songwriter, Ike Moriz, is back with his 24th release/16th LP. Ike’s new release, Love Swings, is a lighthearted 13-track album that will ease your mind and give you a sense of calm amongst the chaos in today’s music. This time around, Ike appeals to the diehard jazz music fan who enjoys legendary musicians like Tony Bennett and Burt Bacharach. I really like the fact that he pays tribute to old time greats like Quincy Jones, Bart Howard, and German composer Kurt Weill. Not many musicians today have Ike’s appreciation for great jazz standards like the ones he covered on Love Swings, which makes Moriz as rare and unique as the songs he sings.
Every song on Love Swings, peels back the layer of commercialism that has blinded the music listening public, exposing us all to the wonderful sounds of a genre unappreciated for far too long. Whether he’s singing original Ike Moriz tunes like “Tuscany” and “Love Swings”, or covering a classic jazz standard like “Fly Me To The Moon” by Bart Howard, Ike’s smooth baritone vocal (reminiscent of Bing Crosby) will melt the hearts of sophisticated ladies everywhere. The songwriting and musical composition on each original song of Ike’s is destined to become a classic, while the musical and vocal performances on the covers Moriz does are a sound for the ears to behold and revere.
It’s the perfect time of year for Ike Moriz to release an album like Love Swingsbecause, the sound matches that of the annual holiday season we are now in, and it easily appeals to the “Christmas spirit” that so many in the U.S. refer to when describing the giving mood they are in. Overall, Love Swings is an album that would be enjoyed by any jazz music fan itching to get their hands on a new album that offers a classic live sound like that of Bacharach and Bennett. I would recommend Ike Moriz’s new album to everyone, because I don’t know of many people who don’t like classic jazz standards around this time of year. Be sure to visit Ike’s website and add this amazing release to your holiday playlists.
1. Feels Like France
2. Love Swings
3. Petite Madeleine
4. On Days Like These*
6. Fly Me To The Moon*
8. Mack The Knife*
9. A Billion Worlds
10. That’s Life*
11. Light Of Love
12. Unchained Melody*
13. I’ve Got The World On A String*
Songs marked with a “*” are covers.
Bergedorf (bb). In South Africa and the UK, he is a famous singer, in Bergedorf/Wentorf he has his roots: A year after his last visit back home Ike Moriz is a guest in Hamburg again.
In his luggage the 43-year-old has his latest CD "Nobody does it better", which he will present tomorrow at 20.30 clock at the Belami (Holtenklinker road 26). Admission is free.
"I am always happy to be here and see my family," says Moriz. A visit home is pure relaxation, especially after the stressful summer months in Cape Town with a number of concerts, studio recordings and interviews. With a few concerts the father of two children combines his holidays with promoting his latest CD.
"Nobody does it better" is the 15th album of Moriz and is a compilation of his favourite standards. "These are swing and jazz classics, which my audience has asked for, time and time again, and which could not be found on any of my albums to date," says Moriz. Already, the album has become his most successful and best-selling CD.
Whether it's standards or his own compositions: On Thursday, the pop and jazz musician will present a wide range of his repertoire. In addition, two further performances are planned. He will sing at the Bergedorfer city festival on the last weekend in August and bring musical variety. The performance is planned for Saturday, August 29th from 12.30 bis 15.30 clock at the Bergedorfer Schloßstraße 16.
The last chance to see the singer live this year in Germany will be on Friday September 4th at the restaurant Goldener Hirsch in Reinbek: An evening with a combination of music and food. Reservations can be made by calling (040) 52 59 59 05.
150. Bille Wochenblatt, J.K., Hamburg, 12.08.15: "Pop & Jazz musician from South Africa - Ike Moriz"
Photo: Bergedorf-TV "Ike Moriz during the filming of his music video "Starry Night" at the observatory Hamburg"
Bergedorf (jk). Once again, South African Ike Moriz is a guest at the 'Belami'. On Thursday, 13th August his fans can experience him performing solo at the infamous Belami, Holtenklinker Str.26 from 8.30pm. Admission is free .
"Eike" Moriz was born in Bergedorf. After high school he studied contemporary music and drama in Hamburg, Dresden, Rotterdam and Cape Town. He then spent six years in London, where he first made a name for himself as a singer and composer of various rock bands. In 2002 he released his first solo single "Fall Into The Sun", which was created in collaboration George Michael's producer. A year later he presented his debut album "Mirrors and Shade". 2005 he released his second album "Play Me". That same year, the musician decided to relocate to South Africa, where his songs, just like in England, quickly found enthusiastic fans.
149. News from the City blog, Hamburg, Germany, 11.08.15: Music event with a touch of South Africa"
Hello dear readers, on Thursday, 08.13.2015, at 20.00 clock, the international singer, composer and producer Ike Moriz will present his latest CD release at the Belami in Bergedorf. The Cape Town singer recently returned from his tour of eleven European countries and also published two brand new music videos from his CD "Siren Terpsichore". Here is the song Angie Blue: listen.
Now he is on tour in Northern Germany to present songs from his vast repertoire of swing, jazz, Latin, pop and blues. Ike Moriz is originally from Bergedorf and has taken his musical talents to South Africa, his adopted home, years ago. Here he lives with his wife and daughters, who inspired him in many songs. Cape Town has much to offer, including live music events and stunning weather.
Be there when Ike presents his brand new CD "Nobody Does It Better" in the infamous Belami. It's now available on iTunes, Amazon etc.. 16 brand new songs from the Swing / Jazz and Latin / Easy Listening genres are waiting for you! Your HeidivomLande
Further concerts are planned:
- (Date): Cowboy und Indianer, Reeperbahn, Hamburg
- 29/08/15: Bergedorf City Festival, Moriz Juweliere, Bergedorfer Schlossstr.16
- 04/09/15: Restaurant Goldener Hirsch, Reinbek
Great music, singing, and lyrics is what we always get when Ike Moriz puts out new tunes. The crooner has been busy throughout 2014 promoting two different CDs, the latest of
which is, Nobody Does It Better. This project marks Moriz’s 15th LP, further adding to his amazing catalog of recordings that showcase the singer’s awesome vocal talents and impeccable taste in songs.
Filled with classic swing jazz songs, Nobody Does It Better, is a refreshing break from the overwhelming number of pop songs dominating the charts. But, of all the standards available here, my favorite is Ike’s interpretation of the classic tune, My Funny Valentine (Piano Version). I have always loved this song, and Ike’s approach to it – relying heavily on the piano – is well worth the listen. A very close second to My Funny Valentine is the classic, You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You. The upright bass, piano, and brushed snare are the perfect backdrop to Ike’s smooth and laid back vocal performance.
But, there are tons of other great selections on this release by Ike, including: All Of Me, Louisiana Fairytale, Come Dance With Me, On the Sunny Side of the Street, and the Hal David & Burt Bacharach classic – What The World Needs Now. Every one of these songs will keep any swing jazz fan locked in and entertained. But, that’s not to imply that fans of other genres can’t enjoy Ike Moriz’s music, but you do need to have an appreciation for fine musical art to truly enjoy Nobody Does It Better. I would recommend all of Ike Moriz’smusic, so stop by www.IkeMoriz.com.
1. ALL OF ME
2. HELLO DOLLY
3. LOUISIANA FAIRYTALE
4. NOBODY DOES IT BETTER (feat. Monique Hellenberg)
5. C’EST MAGNIFIQUE
6. MY FUNNY VALENTINE
8. COME DANCE WITH ME
9. ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET
10. YOU’RE NOBODY TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU
11. SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES
12. WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW
14. SO MANY STARS
15. I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN
16. SKYLARK (feat. Monique Hellenberg)
147. Huisgenoot, South Africa, 11.12.2014
146. Affluence Lifestyle Magazine, SA, Aug/Sept 2014
"SA Wedding Show: Showcasing the very best that Cape Town's Wedding industry has to offer. …Top wedding singer Duo, IKE MORIZ & Heather Roth, gave several performances throughout the weekend, performing a selection of highlights from their vast repertoire suited for all occasions from pre-dinner drinks/cocktails, dinner, ceremony as well as parties and dinner dances…" (page 74-77)
145. Bergedorfer Zeitung, Lena Diekman, Hamburg, Germany, 9.7.14: "Bergedorf newspaper, Lena Diekman, Hamburg, Germany, 9.7.14: "Concert: Ike Moriz sings one last time in the BelAmi - Bergedorf.
His routes are in Bergedorf, in London, he made his first steps as an actor, in South Africa, he became a music sensation and is now regarded a superstar: Ike Moriz (42). Tomorrow, 8.30pm, he steps in to the Belami (Holtenklinker Str 26) - the last chance for the time being, to see the 42-year-old perform live in Bergedorf. Admission is free. From Brit-pop over rock to jazz: Moriz has tried many genres. At the Belami he will present, among other songs, his new album "At Last". It is his 14th CD to date, and is filled with blues, rock and pop songs in 'Moriz style'. The song "To Cape Town" is dedicated to his adopted home Cape Town, where he lives with his wife and two children. "
144. Bergedorfer Zeitung, Hamburg, Germany, 7.7.14
In today's Bergedorfer Zeitung, page 11, 7.7.14: (translated) "There was competition in the Bergedorf Castle Street where IKE MORIZ was on stage. The son of the local jeweller - a celebrated star in South Africa - gave a taster of his talent."
143. Bille Wochenblatt, Franziska Klotz, Hamburg, Germany, 02.07.2014
Sofia Marie has the first cold of her life. No wonder, after all, she had a long journey: Together with her parents, the musician Ike Moriz and Madri Moriz, they traveled 24 hours. That's how long it can take if you fly from Cape Town via Johannesburg and Amsterdam to Hamburg. Now they've arrived in Bergedorf - Sofia's first visit to her grandparents who own a jewellery store in Bergedorf Castle Street. However, the timing is no coincidence, because on Sunday 6th July, all the shops are open in Bergedorf (it is the Bergedorfer Sommerfest).
"Sure thing, I will sing at the festival in Castle Street," says Ike Moriz. At about 1pm he plays open air, outside the store of his parents - giving some samples of his new album 'AT LAST'. "My 14th CD is very blues-oriented," says the 42-year-old, who has long made a name for himself in South Africa as a well-known Brit-pop and Jazz musician. "Jazz has totally exploded in my home of choice: Cape Town," says the Bergedorfer singer. "After all, Cape Town is considered the African capital of jazz." Now he has dug up old Elvis hits, and his latest single is called "To Cape Town".
Ike Moriz and his family will remain in Bergedorf for a few more weeks to enjoy their time with their grandparents. Certainly, the fans from Bergedorf will also get something out of this: On 10th July, Ike Moriz plays at the BeLaMi, 26 Holtenklinker road. And on 13th July, Ike sings at "Weinland Waterfront", Große Elbstraße 146. "Let's see what else comes up. It's been a while since I spent so many weeks in Hamburg. It may well be that the the occasional appearance will be added to the tour. "
142. Bergedorfer Zeitung, Hamburg, Germany, Lena Diekmann, 28.06.2014 (German text)
'EIN STAR ZU BESUCH - Ike Moriz kommt nach Bergedorf' (Seite 20). Bergedorfs Star vom südafrikanischen Kap (IKE MORIZ: Sänger ist in der Heimat zu Gast - Auftritt im BeLaMi)
Bergedorf. Es war Liebe auf den ersten Blick: "Schon bei meinem ersten Aufenthalt in Südafrika habe ich mich in das Land verliebt. Ich wusste sofort, dass ich wiederkommen würde", sagt Ike Moriz. Mittlerweile lebt der gebürtige Bergedorfer seit neun Jahren am Kap und ist dort ein bekannter Sänger und Entertainer. Nun ist der 42-jährige in der Heimat zu Gast, tritt hier auch auf.
Nach seinem Abitur in Wentorf wollte Moriz eigentlich Schriftsteller oder Schauspieler werden. Doch auf den Rat einer Gesanglehrerin bewarb er sich bei mehreren Musikhochschulen, bekam drei Zusagen. Die Wahl fiel auf Dresden: "Die hatten schon 20 Jahre Erfahrung mit Popmusik gemacht, nicht nur Jazz und Musical wie an anderen Hochschulen", sagt Ike Moriz, der sich leidenschaftlich dem Brit-Pop verschrieb. Die Musik verstand im Osten Deutschlands, kurz nach der Wende, aber keiner. Und so wanderte er nach London aus, wo er seinen Vornamen von Eike in Ike änderte.
Nachdem er sich mit einigen Aushilfsjobs ueber Wasser gehalten hatte, lernte er den Produzenten von george Michael kennen - fuer Ike Moriz der Beginn seiner Karriere. In Suedafrika schoss seine erste Single "Fall Into The Sun" direkt auf Platz 1 der Charts.
Erst auf der Brit-Pop und Rock-Schiene, nahm er bald auch den Jazz ins Repertoire: Eine Entscheidung, die Ike Moriz auf der Karriereleiter weiter emporsteigen ließ. "Das hat total eingeschlagen. Schliesslich gilt Kapstadt als die 'Afrikanische Hauptstadt des Jazz'", sagt der 42-jährige. Ob Coverversionen alter Meister wie Dean Martin oder Frank Sinatra, Latin Songs, verjazzte Weihnachtslieder oder eigene Werke - auf 14 Alben bringt es der Bergedorfer mittlerweile. Seiner Wahlheimat hat er seine neue Single "To Cape Town" gewidmet.
Dort hat er seine Frau Madrid kennengelernt, ist stolzer Vater der fünfjährigen, adoptierten Kateline und der kleinen Sofia-Marie, die 2013 zur Welt kam. Seine Eltern, Inhaber des Juweliergeschäftes an der Bergedorfer Schloßstraße, und seine Schwester vermisst er aber schon etwas. "Deswegen bleiben wir dieses Mal auch vier Wochen, damit wir viel Zeit miteinander haben", sagt er.
->Ike Moriz tritt am 6.Juli, beim verkaufsoffenen Sonntag auf (Bergedorfer Schloßstraße 16, Uhrzeit noch offen). Am 10.Juli, 20.30Uhr, ist er im BeLaMi (Holtenklinker Straße 26) zu Gast.
(Review of “AT LAST”)
Ike Moriz is one tricky artist to pin down. He originally made records in London back in the early noughties as part of a new wave of pop that sprung up in the wake of Britpop, though he always seemed to take the majority of his musical leads from the pop classicism of the preceding decades.
Since then he’s relocated to his home-country of South Africa, where he’s made a name for himself as an interpreter of the Great American Songbook - and has followed a stylistic bent with roots in the big bands of the ‘40s and ‘50s, and vocalists like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. By my reckoning “At Last” is his 14th long player, and his first since 2012’s “Siren Terpsichore”. Now Moriz has taken a new musical direction, and has discovered a whole new set of roots to explore.
“At Last” is a sincere (and utterly fascinating) take on a blues style that borrows from both the British boom of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, and the jazzier sounds that he’s recently surrounded himself with. Familiar titles litter the tracklist; “Georgia On My Mind” is super smooth and elegantly soulful, while “Hound Dog” owes something to Elvis, insofar it rocks, but it swings, too, and Moriz nails both the arrangement and performance.
Opening cut “The Devil Is Real in Your Mind” features some terrific guitar work, and includes enough bad blues vibe to steer us sensible folk away from the crossroads after dark, while the title track relies heavily on piano, and feels dense and heavy like a Southern heat wave. The album concludes with “You Are My Sunshine”, its upbeat message enhanced by fluttery horns and Moriz’s playful tones.
It’s good to have him back, whatever style he’s playing, and I’m already looking forward to the next installment.
"On 'AT LAST' Moriz takes us on a 15 track ride through the Louisiana Bayou and up the Mighty Mississippi with this amazing collection of blues-rock songs..." - Rating: 3.7 out of 4 stars
Ike Moriz is back with another stunning release titled, AT LAST. You may remember our previous reviews on Ike's other twelve releases, all of which are great releases with timeless pieces comprising each album. Ike has given us Jazz, Blues, and Rock music from just about every angle we could imagine; from Cotton Club retro swing, to Tony Bennett's standards. But, on AT LAST, Moriz takes us on a fifteen track ride through the Louisiana Bayou and up the Mighty Mississippi with this amazing collection of blues-rock songs that satisfies that deep down longing to hear great songs again.
One of my favorites is "Señorita Blues". This is an incredibly sultry song, carried by the piano and accented well with clarinet and a walking bassline that makes me feel as if I'm watching a cabaret show in a smokey night club in the 1940's. The song has an appeal that can easily be appreciated and respected, while Ike croons about a beautiful woman who captivates his heart. Great tune!
On AT LAST, Ike makes a gutsy attempt at the classic tune, "Georgia On My Mind," which was made famous by Ray Charles (originally written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell). Seeing as we are based in the U.S. state (Georgia) that the song is believed to have been written about, and it became the official song of the state in 1979, I have to say that I gained a whole new level of respect for Ike Moriz. He took this song and made it his own, not trying too hard to mimic Ray Charles, Ike gave me a whole new perspective on this amazing and classic song. You've got to hear Ike's version for yourself.
Collectively, AT LAST is very nicely done, and truly does add to the Blues music genre. It's kind of hard to not like Ike Moriz's music because he does such a great job creating his own renditions of timeless music. You should definitely stop by your favorite online store and pick this one up.
139."Hochzeitsplaner", issue March 2014, page162 (www.braut.de):
"Recommended CD: The album "Siren Terpsichore" by Ike Moriz accompanies every wedding ceremony with moody Jazz, Latin and Swing songs. IKE MORIZ, singer, producer, composer and actor (Love Actually) with German roots, regularly visits Germany and can therefore be booked as a live act for weddings(www.ikemoriz.com)"
138. My Wedding Day Magazine, September 2013 issue, page53:
Ike Moriz is a well-known singer, producer and composer who has just released his latest CD in the Swing/Jazz genre in SA. He has an average of 200 concerts per year at local venues like Kirstenbosch and the V & A Waterfront. He was voted one of the top 5 singers in South Africa and is known internationally for his 13 album releases ranging from Swing/Jazz/Latin to Easy Listening, Pop and Rock. Ike has also become a favourite entertainer at weddings due to his professionalism and his original romantic crooner genre. His combination of entertaining in his capacity as trained singer and studied musician as well as an experienced DJ set him apart from most other wedding music suppliers.
IKE MORIZ photographs by Grant Smithers Photography!
137. SARIE Magazine, by Marguerite Van Wyk, September 2013 issue, pg82-83
136.. GET IT Magazine Cape Town, interview, ‘MOVERS & SHAKERS ABOUT TOWN’, page 35, 01.07.2013, Ellen Raubenheimer
- Business: I am an international singer, songwriter, producer and actor known for my 13 CD releases ranging from original melodic indie Rock/Pop to Latin/Easy Listening and Jazzy Swing (available on iTunes). I regularly perform in the Western Cape and in Gauteng at concerts, festivals, corporate events, weddings and functions (e.g. Kirstenbosch, City Hall, etc.). My songs are being played worldwide, reaching No.1 in the UK, Holland, SA and Germany and I have acted in major international feature films and local TV programmes. Rock legend David bowie awarded my songs repeatedly as ‘top song of the month’ on his website. In 2006 I was voted one of the top five singers in SA and I’m resident entertainer at three of the most prestigious five-star hotels in Cape Town (e.g. Cape Grace). I’m sponsored by top UK fashion designer Jagadi Haute Couture and I am currently promoting a brand-new original Swing/Jazz/Latin CD called Siren Terpsichore (2013).
- About me: I studied music and acting in SA, Germany and Holland before spending six years in London, fronting rock bands, performing in musicals and running my label Mosquito Records London. In 2005 I returned to SA where I married my magnificent wifeMadri le Roux-Moriz. We live together in Hout Bay with ’brand-new’ baby-daughter Sofia Marie, 4-year- old Kateline and kitty Tamsonite.
- What drives me: I am passionate about finding ever new challenges and exploring life in all its facets.
- The quote I live by: You always have what it takes, otherwise it wouldn’t have taken you! (Ike Moriz)
- The words that best describe me ... versatile.
- My ’love’list: I love people and building bridges between them. There is nothing as fascinating as human nature, except the gloriously vague expression on the face of a cat. I have a zest for French food (La Colombe, Aubergine, Foodbarn) and SA wines (Eagles Nest Viognier, Fairview). I adore SA’s breathtakingly beautiful and diverse climate and nature and I enjoy capturing glimpses of its beauty on camera. My pictures get published regularly. The ’Ike’s thumb’ rock formation I photographed on Chapman’s Peak was named after me. I love sailing, hiking and long beach walks which often inspire my songwriting. Contact:0820925792; www.ikemoriz.com and email
135.ELLE magazine SA - July 2013 issue, page 33:
"Yikes Ike (Jazzed up): David Bowie, Frank Sinatra and Matt Monro all pop under 'recommended if you like' when you search for Ike Moriz's SIREN TERPSICHORE on cdbaby.com. It is very catchy swing/jazz. Said one reviewer: 'This cat writes a fine tune.' Download it at cdbaby.com ($9.99), iTunes or order the CD (R130) from ikemoriz.com"
MUSIEKSLAAF - VAN HARDE ROCK TOT JAZZ - IKE WIL NET MUSIEK MAAK: DUITSER VIND SY MUSE IN DIE RUSTIGE KAAP
(photo by Natalie Gabriels)
Hy het al skouers geskuur met van die grootste name in Hollywood en sy eie loopbaan sluit wêreldwye musiektreffers en internasionale fliekrolle in. Rozanne Els het met IKE MORIZgesels.
Jy word ’n slaaf vir die lied. Dit word ’n geestelike ervaring.
Dit is ’n koue Kaapse wintersdag wanneer die musikant en akteur Ike Moriz naby ’n gesellige kaggel in die Hout Bay Manor van sy nuutste rol vertel. Moriz, ’n gerekende musikant wat al 13 albums in ’n wye verskeidenheid genres, van indierock tot jazz, uitgereik het, word na verwagting vandeesweek pa.
Sy vrou, Madri le Roux-Moriz, die verhoogkunstenaar Nataniël se suster, lag saggies wanneer ek vra of Moriz gereed is om wiegeliedjies vir hul babadogtertjie, wat hulle Sophia-Marie gaan doop, te sing.
“Hy sal maar moet! Dit is sy werk om haar aan die slaap te sing.”En sing hy ooit vir Madri?
“Wel, hy sing in die stort...” sê sy met ’n groot glimlag voordat Moriz vertel van ’n liedjie wat hy net die vorige dag vir Madri geskryf het.
Van rock tot jazz
Moriz, oorspronklik van Duitsland, het nie altyd net meesleurende jazzmusiek, soos op sy jongste album, Siren Terpsichore, gemaak nie.
Sy storie begin 20 jaar gelede toe hy in Hamburg ’n rockgroep gestig het. Tussendeur het hy sy mu-siek- en toneelspeelstudies voortgesit in onder meer Dresden en Nederland, asook in Kaapstad as deel van ’n uitruilprogram.
Hy het ’n bekende gesig in musiekblyspele geword en gou rolle in TV-reekse soos Eastenders, Family Affair en The Bill losgeslaan.
In dié tyd was hy ook deel van verskeie rockgroepe. Toe, tydens ’n baie koue winter in 2005 in Duitsland, het hy besluit om vir ’n vakansie na Suid-Afrika terug te keer. Sake het so vlot verloop dat Moriz besluit het om Suid-Afrika sy tuiste te maak.
“In Duitsland het ek soos ’n uitlander gevoel. Hier voel ek goed. Vanaf die eerste keer wat ek my voete in Suid-Afrika gesit het, het dit soos my tuiste gevoel,” sê hy.
Weg van die ego’s
Hoewel dit aanvanklik vir hom lekker was om deel van musiekgroepe te wees, het Moriz gou besluit ’n solo-loopbaan sou sy voorland wees.
“In ’n groep is daar soveel ego’s. Iemand se kitaar moet altyd harder wees of iemand moet ’n langer solo hê. Vir my was dit altyd net oor die musiek en om goeie liedjies te skryf,” vertel hy.
Moriz wou iets bereik en van die oomblik wat hy solo gegaan het, het dinge vinnig gebeur.
“Ek het selfs ’n jaar lank Johannesburg toe getrek omdat almal gesê het dit is waar die aksie is. Maar eintlik was dit net ’n klomp kredietkaarte wat rondgeswaai is. Ek het nie daarvan gehou nie,” sê hy. Moriz is terug na die Kaap en het intussen ook jazzmusiek begin maak.
Wat sou Frank doen?
Moriz vertel hy was ná ’n paar jazzalbums verveeld en wou nie meer ander mense se liedjies sing nie. Hy het besluit om sy eie musiek te skryf. “Jazz-swing”, noem hy dit.
“Ek het gedink, as Frank Sinatra nou moes lewe en musiek maak, hoe sou dit klink?” vertel hy oor sy inspirasie vir die klank van Siren Terpsichore.
“Ek het liedjies geskryf wat tydloos is, met lirieke wat oor 50 jaar steeds relevant sal wees,” sê hy.
As ’n mens na dié album luister, klink dit amper asof hy in jazz sy nis gevind het, maar volgens Moriz is hy nog lank nie klaar met rock nie. Hy beplan om binnekort ’n rockalbum, Breathing Dreams, bekend te stel.
Liedjie uit ’n idee
Sy stem is vir hom soos ’n ledemaat, sê Moriz. “Dalk juis omdat ek so lank musiek maak. Ek het my eerste liedjie in 1994 geskryf. Daar was goeie en slegte tye, maar ek is lief vir musiek,” sê hy.
Vir hom is die mooiste ding die proses in die ateljee wanneer ’n liedjie uit ’n idee ontwikkel.
“Jy word ’n slaaf vir die lied. Dit word ’n geestelike ervaring,” vertel hy.
Vir Madri is daar van Moriz se liedjies wat sy meer liefhet as ander. “Ek kan die rock- en popliedjies waardeer, want dit is anders as enigiets wat ek al gehoor het. Ek is nog altyd mal oor jazz, en die manier waarop hy dit doen, skep ’n perfekte prentjie,” sê sy.
Moriz het ook al in rolprente soos Alfie, Shanghai Knights en Love Actually verskyn en meen hy sal graag weer wil toneelspeel.
Vir nou is hy eers besig om ’n nuwe album te skryf... Dié keer is dit blues. )
Besoek www.ikemoriz.com vir vertoningdatums en navrae.
133. The Greyton Sentinel (cover story), June 2013
132. Interview on Entertainmentafrica.com, by Siya Ngcobo, 6.6.2013
IKE MORIZ DELVES INTO THE OLD SCHOOL
One would imagine that the possibilities become infinite when an artist has 13 albums under their belt already. Where do you go from there especially for someone whose tried and tested a number of different musical genres with complete ease? For South African vocalist, composer and producer Ike Moriz, the only direction to go for his latest album was back to basics.
After being voted one of the top five vocalists in South Africa, filming several music videos for his adult contemporary rock and pop, touring South Africa and Northern Europe playing over 350 concerts, Moriz wanted to explore his own versions of the classics.
"After touring quite extensively in the last three or four years all over Europe and South Africa doing mainly jazz, swing it was time for me to record my own original spin on the old jazz standards. I wanted to record something that has the feel of the old standards but give it a more modern angle but also not too modern, there are no drum loops or anything like that in there so we tried to keep it close to the originals," he says.
He achieved this through creating a minimalist sound using instruments like the saxophone and clarinet amongst others. And though the music is not distinctively South African sounding, Moriz isn't fazed by it because he believes the local flavour is always integrated into his music. "You can't ignore where you are living or what's happening here and somehow it works within the music. It doesn't have a very African sound, it's more of a classic sound," says Moriz.
'Siren Terpsichore' is the singer's 13th studio album to date. Composed, produced and recorded by Moriz himself, it contains 14 meticulously crafted, brand-new songs in the Jazz/Swing/Latin genres including the popular UK 'Abbey Road Mix' of his recent composition 'Angie Blue' as well as two recordings in Spanish language, sung in an Argentinean-Spanish accent.
Moriz tried to combine a lot of the different styles he has tried in the past. "I've done a French album, I've done a Latin album, more jazz and swing, rock and indie-rock/pop so this is the first time I'm doing my own original swing/jazz and Latin songs. I think I have two or three covers in this album and the rest is my own stuff so that's the first time I'm doing that with that genre," he says.
"The rock albums have always been original songs but the others were my take on classic French songs and so on. It's first time doing my own lyrics, music and style," he adds.
'Siren Terpsichore' was recorded at Paris Zannos Studios in Cape Town with a band of top session musicians from all over the world (SA, Mozambique, Argentina, Germany, Scotland). "The people I recorded with sound exactly like in the album so performing live, the only difference is the solos and the improvisation. It's very stripped down to the basics," he says.
For Moriz, creating a worldly sound has always been a part of his life as an entertainer. His songs have been played in 17 countries all over the world. He has even appeared in films such as 'Love Actually', 'Alfie' and also acting in the UK TV series 'Eastenders', 'Family Affairs' and 'The Bill'.
Having such an illustrious career both locally and overseas, Moriz has learnt some revealing lessons about the music industry. "It's such a fickle industry and for any musicians the biggest achievement is to able to keep going," he says. By sounds of things, the vocalist has certainly achieved a lot more than that and there's 13 albums to prove it.
MORIZ COUNTS ON MUSE FOR 13TH ALBUM
To the superstitious, number 13 is the most unlucky number there is. But to a music superstar like IKE MORIZ, it's just business as usual. The musician, who has released albums that range in genre from jazz to pop to latin and even rock - recently released his 13th album, Siren Terpsichore.
The 14-track offering is a return to Moriz's favourite genres: swing. "The aspiration for this album was for it to be like a RealBook," he tells me over coffee. "That's why I've compiled the standards there." With the exception of three songs (which include Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps), all the songs on this album were written and produced by Moriz.
Terpsichore is, according to Greek mythology, one of the nine muses who rule over dance and the dramatic chorus. Of the particular title, Moriz explains: "I think I first heard the term "terpsichore" in a Frank Sinatra song from the 1930s. I'd read a lot of Greek mythology, but even I couldn't find that term. I read Greek mythology because it's the basis of Western culture.
"Even if you look at movies or plays, there is the same basic stories that date back to Greek mythology so it was nice to create an album around that." Moriz plays the role of the suitor who is seduced by the siren on the title track and then, just as effortlessly, delves into not one but two Spanish songs on the album.
"I never really liked Spanish," he thinks for a moment and then laughs, "there I go offending half the world. No, I never really liked Spanish, not that it's a terrible language, but that changed when I heard the Argentinean accent. "It sounds beautiful and exotic and even if you don't know Spanish that much, you just hear this thing that you don't know and it sounds attractive. It's a little like a siren seducing you."
The German musician who now lives in Hout Bay with his pregnant wife, Madri (who isNataniël's sister), has pursued music over the glitter-but-not-gold lifestyle that comes with fame. Obviously, some musicians aren't fans of being the entertainment at hotels, but Moriz - who is resident entertainer at top Cape Town hotels - has a different view.
He laughs: "The Cape Town winter is very long! And t's nice to be able to pay for a rehearsal room. When I perform there, every week I can try out new stuff. "It's like a paid rehearsal and that's fantastic. I've done busking in London so this is much nicer. And I just love singing."
You don't get 13 albums deep in this industry if you don't love what you do. #Siren Terpsichore is in stores now. Visit www.ikemoriz.com to find out more about it. on itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/siren-terpsichore/id566824656
130.YOU Magazine / Huisgenoot, ‘CD of the Week’, 16.05.2013, SA
CROONING WITH THE BEST, “...a smooth vocal treat.”
“Siren Terpsichore, the 13th studio album by Ike Moriz, finds the singer songwriter paying tribute to crooners such as Frank Sinatra with a collection of original songs in the pop-swing style.
Ike was born in Germany, started his career in London and is now based in Cape town where he performs at top hotels. Catch his new album for a smooth vocal treat."
129. The New Age (daily newspaper), 14.05.2013, SA
IKE MORIZ MAKES A RETURN
“IN THE past five years international singer, producer, composer and actor Ike Moriz has been on an incredible journey delving deeply into the world’s vast songbook of jazz, Latin and swing standards.
Once voted as one of the top five vocalists in SA, he has recorded many albums, in addition to tour- ing SA and the northern Europe, playing over 350 concerts.
One of the most sought after entertainers locally and internationally, Moriz is making a return with his 13th studio album, Siren Terpsichore, which has already been described as the crown jewel of original SA swing (CD Baby).
Composed, produced and recorded by Ike himself, it contains 14 beautifully crafted, brand- new songs in the jazz/swing/Latin genre, including the popular UK “Abbey Road Mix” of his recent composition “Angie Blue” as well as two recordings in Spanish, sung in his favourite Argentine- Spanish accent.
Siren Terpsichore was recorded at Paris Studios in Cape Town with a band of top session musicians from all over the world including Mozambique, Argen- tina and Germany. The album is both upbeat and uplifting with Ike’s usual fresh, jovial, tongue- in-cheek sentiment, strong vocals and timeless melodies.
The versatile singer, who spent five years fronting rock bands, performing in musicals and running his own label, Mosquito Records London, before return- ing to his favourite country, SA, in 2005.
In addition to music, Moriz has appeared in many major international feature films such as Alfie, Shanghai Knights and Love Actually. – 701198
NEW album: Singer, producer, composer and actor Ike Moriz."
128. YOU Magazine / Huisgenoot, ‘CD of the Week’, 16.05.2013, SA
CROONING WITH THE BEST, “...a smooth vocal treat.”
“Siren Terpsichore, the 13th studio album by Ike Moriz, finds the singer songwriter paying tribute to crooners such as Frank Sinatra with a collection of original songs in the pop-swing style.
Ike was born in Germany, started his career in London and is now based in Cape town where he performs at top hotels. Catch his new album for a smooth vocal treat."
Ike Moriz has once again re-appeared on the international jazz and music scenes with a new release, “Siren Terpsichore”, his 13th studio album to date – which critics have described as the “Crown jewel of original SA swing” (CD Baby).
Siren Terpsichore no easy task – it was composed, recorded and produced by Ike Moriz himself. The album contains 14 well-crafted, brand-new tunes that fit comfortable in the genres of jazz, swing and Latin. Included are the the popular UK ‘Abbey Road Mix’ of Ike Moriz recent composition “Angie Blue”, as well as two Spanish recordings, sung in his flavoured Argentinean-Spanish accent.
The album was recorded at Paris Studios, situated in Cape Town, with a selected band of top session musicians from all over (SA, Germany, Scotland, Mozambique, and Argentina). Siren Terpsichore can be described as uplifting and upbeat with Ike Moriz’s trademark joyful, tongue-in-cheek swing and jazz sentiment. But as with any Ike Moriz offering, expect strong vocals, undying melodies with powerful, archetypal lyrics delivered from the heart.
The name of the album comes from Greek mythology, Terpsichore means “delight in dancing” and comes from the name of the nine Muses that ruled over dance and the dramatic chorus. She lends her name to the word “terpsichorean“, meaning “of or relating to dance”. She is usually portrayed sitting down whilst holding a lyre, accompanying dancers’ with her music.
Having said that, if the last 5 last five years are anything to go by it’s stamped with guaranteed success.
The international singer, producer, composer and actor has been on a discovery delving deeply into the bulky songbook of jazz, Latin and swing standards – of which he has recorded and published a total of 8 albums in this genre. He has also been voted as one of the top five vocalists in SA; filmed several music videos; toured both SA and Northern Europe with over 350 concerts; and ultimately has become one of the most sought rarities for both local and international events.
Most Recently Ike Moriz got married to a certain Madri (sister to well-known SA stage and TV personality Nataniël – in case you momentarily forgot who that is, here’s a link).
DETAILS: Ike Moriz’s Siren Terpsichore CD Launch Concert, Tues: 28th May 2013, Venue: The Crypt, 1 Wale St, CT, Time: from 6pm, Bookings: R45 – 079 683 4658
126. The Sentinel, Don Lilford, Hout Bay, 05.04.13, SA
Hout Bay churns out yet another talent
“Hout Bay and the people who live here continually surprise me. I was reminded of this, yet again, when 2 photographs were submitted to the Sentinel by a musician named Ike Moriz. Not being too closely connected with showbiz, I had never heard of Ike (Eike) Moriz. But one of the photographs - a rock formation on Chapman’s Peak known as ‘Ike’s thumb’ - was so eye-catching that it was used on the Sentinel’s front page on Friday March 22.
While providing information for captions, Ike told me that he lived in Hout Bay and was a singer and entertainer. He had performed internationally and had just released his 13th studio album of original jazz, latin and swing, titled ‘Siren Terpsichore’ on the Mosquito Records London label. All but 3 of the 14 songs on the disc are written by Ike and Siren Terpsichore was recorded at Paris studios in Cape Town with a band of top session musicians. Apart from Ike, who does the vocals and 12-string guitar, they are Muriel Marco (piano, vibes), Willie van Zyl (sax, clarinet), Wesley Hlava (classical guitar), Charles Lazare (double bass), and Frank Paco (drums). They’re a multi-talented group, and I was particularly taken with the clarinet playing of Willie van Zyl. Ike’s impressive CV includes appearing in international feature films such as ‘Alfie’, ‘Shanghai Knights’ and ‘Love Actually’ and his songs have been played in 17 countries worldwide, reaching No.1 in the UK, Holland, SA and Germany.
All 11 Moriz numbers on this disc, in my opinion, are professionally perfromed and a delight to listen to. They stand up well in the company of such enduring standards such as Moonglow, More and Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps, the other 3 tracks on the disc. Of Ike’s compositions, my favourites include ‘See You In The Night’, ‘You’ll Have Your Way’, ‘Angie Blue’ and 2 songs sung in Spanish, ‘Quiero Verte En La Noche’ and ‘La Lune de Otono’.
When we have guests my number one choice for background music has become ‘Siren Terpsichore’. “This cat writes a fine tune. Listen to it wearing velvet and drinking martinis,” a reviewer for Fine Music Radio SA wrote. I agree. Only my choice would be a malt whiskey. Only problem is that I have been on the wagon since the beginning of March and hope to stay there. That fact that I enjoyed ‘Siren Terpsichore’ so much - and continue to enjoy it with a lime juice and soda - is testimony to its appeal.
Additional information from www.ikemoriz.com
125. BAY Magazine, Cover story, 04.04.2013, Cape Town, SA
Ike Moriz - An International pop star and Hout Bay Local!
“International SA pop star, singer, producer, actor and local Hout Bay resident, IKE MORIZ (‘Cosmopolitan hot talent’) has received wide acclaim for his 13 albums ranging from original melodic indie Rock/Pop to Latin/Easy Listening and Jazzy Swing (all available on iTunes). His songs have been played in 17 countries worldwide reaching No.1 in the UK, Holland, South Africa and Germany. Ike has acted in many major international feature films such as ‘Alfie’, ‘Shanghai Knights’ and ‘Love Actually’, and he appeared in local TV programs like ‘Showbiz Report’, ‘Top Billing’ and ‘Backstage’, as well as UK TV series ‘Eastenders’, ‘Family Affairs’ and ‘The Bill’ et al. Rock legend David Bowie awarded Ike’s songs repeatedly as ‘top song of the month’ on his web site!
Recently Ike got married to Madri, sister to well-known SA stage and TV personality Nataniël. They are expecting their first child soon.
This year Ike released “Siren Terpsichore”, his 13th studio album to date, which has already been described as the “Crown jewel of original SA swing” (CD Baby). Composed, produced & recorded by Ike himself, it contains 14 beautifully crafted, brand-new songs in the Jazz/Swing/Latin genre - including the popular UK ‘Abbey Road Mix’ of his recent composition “Angie Blue” as well as two recordings in Spanish language, sung in his favorite Argentinean-Spanish accent.
Siren Terpsichore was recorded at Paris Studios in Cape Town with a band of top session musicians from all over the world (SA, Mozambique, Argentina, Germany, Scotland). The album is both upbeat and uplifting with his usual fresh, jovial, tongue-in-cheek Swing/Jazz sentiment. If Frank Sinatra had been a songwriter and if he was still alive, he’d surely be writing songs such as these: with strong vocals, timeless melodies and powerful, archetypal lyrics straight from the heart!
He studied music and acting in South Africa, Germany and Holland after a jet-setting childhood. The versatile singer, actor, producer and songwriter spent five years in London, fronting rock bands, performing in musicals and running his own label, Mosquito Records London, before returning to his favorite country, South Africa, in 2005. He was voted one of the top five singers in SA in 2006. He is the resident entertainer at 3 of the most prestigious ‘5 star’ hotels in Cape Town (e.g.: Cape Grace). His songs have taken the SA radio charts by storm while his music videos rock SA TV channels. Ike has performed at all major venues in Cape Town and Johannesburg with his band of top session musicians (e.g. Kirstenbosch, City Hall, Waterfront Amphitheatre, FTV, Back2Basics, Blues Room, Good Hope Center). He has shared a stage with most top SA bands such as Judith Sepuma, The Parlotones, Arno Carstens, Prime Circle, etc.).
The Ike Moriz Duo is performing live at the Constantia Food & Wine Festival at Constantia Uitsig, Cricket Oval, on 20th April from 1-5pm.
We are giving away 5 copies of his latest album. (See page 2 for more info)"
124. SA Weddings interview, Cape Town, 14.02.2013
Interview feature - Ike Moriz
Widely acclaimed South African pop star, Ike Moriz, has released 13 albums to date, ranging from Indie Rock/Pop to Jazzy Swing. With some of his songs being played in more than 17 countries worldwide, reaching the number one spot in UK, Holland, South Africa and Germany. Ike has featured in many international films such as Alfie, Shanghai Knights and Love Actually, just to name a few. Locally he has appeared on television programs such as The Showbiz Report, Top Billing and Backstage. With that much talent and diversity it is no wonder that Ike receives acknowledgement from some of those who are considered legends in the music industry - rock legend David Bowie has numerously announced some of Ike’s songs, as the ‘Top Song of the Month’, on his website.
1. What is Ike Moriz about?
Ike Moriz is a music specialist, with more than 15 years of experience and a tremendous passion for the industry. He offers top quality entertainment for weddings, receptions, functions/events, festivals etc. Ike is a well established & highly acclaimed international artist with 13 album releases and several hundred songs in his repertoire – covering various genres of music, ranging from Jazz, Swing and Latin to Pop and Rock influences.
He has performed at most of the major venues in South Africa, was voted one of the top 5 singers in South Africa in 2006, and he is currently one of the most popular professional male singers in the country.
Due to his diversity, Ike can be considered as a brilliant artist to entertain your guests, no matter what function you are planning.
Some of his most recent performances include entertaining guests at the prestigious Victoria & Alfred Hotel in Cape Town (New Year's Eve as well as Christmas Day 2012) and can be seen live at some of South Africa's best 5 star Hotels and Restaurants in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. He was also the resident artist at the Cape Grace Hotel as well as at the luxurious 12 Apostles Hotel from 2010 to 2011.
2. What do you have to offer brides-to-be out there?
TAILOR-MADE ENTERTAINMENT FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY: Everything from live bands, solo musicians, background music, DJs to MCs. We take care of all your entertainment needs.
3. What do you consider to be the key elements to your company's success?
Our Company prides itself on ensuring versatility, good communication and top quality entertainment. We have built a name for ourselves by providing top quality entertainment that is tailor-made for each client's special requirements. Ike Moriz is not just you average singer; he is also a great MC and DJ which adds to his versatility. He can easily set the required tone and atmosphere, through his music, by hand selecting the appropriate musicians to create the sound you desire.
4. Regarding Consultations – what do you offer in terms of this?
We like to meet with either the wedding coordinator or bride (couple), in person, to discuss every detail regarding the entertainment. If this is not possible, especially for couples from overseas, we often consult with them via Skype or over the phone.
5. Are you currently taking on any exciting ventures?
We have recently arranged a performance, for a couple celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, where we included a full big band to contribute to the entertainment and celebration. It was a fantastic day for all those involved!
123.‘SA Conference Complete', Newsletter, Vol.82, Jan’13, Cape Town, 31.1.13
In the past five years No.1 international singer, producer, composer and actor Ike Moriz has been on an incredible journey delving deeply into the world’s vast songbook of Jazz, Latin & Swing standards.
He recorded & published a total of eight albums of this genre, was voted one of the top five vocalists in South Africa, filmed several music videos, toured South Africa & Northern Europe playing over 350 concerts, and became one of the most sought after SA entertainers for both local & international events. Recently Ike also got married to Madri, sister to well-known SA stage and TV personality Nataniël.
In 2013 Ike Moriz re-appears on the international Jazz & music scene with “Siren Terpsichore”, his 13th studio album to date, which has already been described as the “Crown jewel of original SA swing” (CD Baby). Composed, produced & recorded by Ike himself, it contains 14 beautifully crafted, brand-new songs in the Jazz/Swing/Latin genre - including the popular UK ‘Abbey Road Mix’ of his recent composition “Angie Blue” as well as two recordings in Spanish language, sung in his favorite Argentinean-Spanish accent.
Siren Terpsichore was recorded at Paris Studios in Cape Town with a band of top session musicians from all over the world (SA, Mozambique, Argentina, Germany, Scotland). The album is both upbeat and uplifting with his usual fresh, jovial, tongue-in-cheek Swing/Jazz sentiment. If Frank Sinatra had been a songwriter and if he was still alive, he’d surely be writing songs such as these: with strong vocals, timeless melodies and powerful, archetypal lyrics straight from the heart!
“The rich resonance of his voice makes Michael Buble's seem rather thin... Comparisons with the great Tony Bennett are inevitable. Ike Moriz performing swing is that good!" (Full Circle Magazine, SA)
“I’m sure had he been writing these songs 50 or 60 years ago, some would have become standards in their own right, and would have been sung by the great vocalists of the day – Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Sinatra, etc... Moriz takes hold of his material and dominates its tones and nuances with his utterly distinctive chords. It’s powerful, compelling and completely in tune with the drama of his songs.” (Leicester Bangs Magazine, UK)
"… This cat writes a fine tune. Listen to it when wearing velvet and drinking martinis!" (FHM, SA)
122. Leicester Bangs Magazine, Leicester, UK, 12.10.2012
(Review of “SIREN TERPSICHORE”)
“I’m sure had he been writing these songs 50 or 60 years ago, some would have become standards in their own right, and would have been sung by the great vocalists of the day – Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Sinatra, etc.”
Review (2012), February 02, 2012
Ike Moriz - Siren Terpsichore (Mosquito Records London)
Ike’s back! Not that he’s been away for too long. His brand new album is a collection off Latin jazz and swing songs, all written and composed by Moriz. It’s relatively rare for a collection like this not to lean heavily on standards, the classic songs written in the ‘40s and ‘50s, but it’s important to remember Moriz began his career as a singer-songwriter, fronting rock and pop bands in London. He’s now back in his native South Africa, where he’s proved himself an adaptable performer, recording a number of solo albums in various genres, and he continues to be a favourite on the Cape Town 5-star hotel circuit.
I’m sure had he been writing these songs 50 or 60 years ago, some would have become standards in their own right, and would have been sung by the great vocalists of the day – Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Sinatra, etc. Lead track “Autumn Moon” is an absolute stunner, and a laid back, easy Rat Pack vibe envelops both the delivery and the song’s sentiments; a perfect start. “Sweet Sweet Jane” and “Moonglow” are equally notable, the latter featuring a sublime juxtaposition of clarinet with Moriz’s smooth vocal, and he finishes with an Abbey Road mix of “Angie Blue”, a highlight from his 2011 “Still” EP. In-between there are two wonderful, original Spanish language songs, sung with an authentic, properly accented voice and plenty of Latin panache.
121. IAE Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 09.10.2012
"Like previous releases, Siren has a major positive going for it, Ike's awesome voice. The guy can flat out sing. All it takes is one listen to any song on this album and you'll become an Ike Moriz fan."
Rating: 3.75 out of 4 stars; Key Tracks: Autumn Moon, Sweet Sweet Jane
Ike Moriz is back with another one of Jazz masterpieces. Siren Terpsichore is Ike's latest album release making it his 14th release since the crooner began his journey making music. Like previous releases, Siren has a major positive going for it, Ike's awesome voice. The guy can flat out sing. All it takes is one listen to any song on this album and you'll become an Ike Moriz fan.
I'm always amazed by his ability to flow effortlessly between vocal octaves, almost as if he were just having casual conversations. Songs like Autumn Moon, See You in the Night, and Sweet Sweet Jane prove this point, all you have to do is listen and you'll understand what I mean.
Each song seems to have been carefully selected with 11 of the 14 tracks being original compositions written and produced by Moriz himself. Ike also breathes life into songs that have been lost as the years have passed and new generations have been born. I appreciate Ike's love for the art of recreating classic songs by great singers like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. Every track on Siren Terpsichore would play well in any classy jazz lounge.
Besides the earlier mentioned songs, other great tracks include: Quiero Verte En La Noche, You'll Have Your Way, and La Luna De Otoño. Each of these tunes showcases Ike's versatility as an artist and are proof that jazz music is timeless.
I'd recommend checking this project out and showing your support by purchasing the album at www.cdbaby.com/cd/ikemoriz14.
Review by: Leslie White
120. IAE Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 04.02.2012
"His smooth, silky vocals are reminiscent of a modern day Nat King Cole... I’ve found my Christmas album for 2012!"
Rating: 3.75 out of 4 stars;
Listening to Starry Night by Ike Moriz has me wishing it were Christmas all over again!
The love in the air, spending time with family and friends and celebrating life is what it’s all about. He’s managed to add all of my favorites on this project. Ike delights with holiday classics from ‘Silent Night’ to ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’. His smooth, silky vocals are reminiscent of a modern day Nat King Cole or Fred Astaire’s classic styles.
One of my favorite tracks is the opener, ‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year’. There’s no better way to express the magic that surrounds the holidays than this song. I enjoy the fullness and excitement in his voice. The cheer seems to radiate from his lips. Mr. Moriz gives a pretty snazzy rendition of the classic on this album.
‘Let It Snow’ takes me right back to the warmth of loved ones near, holiday traditions and just full hearts all around. Another favorite is one of his original songs, ‘Peace Dream’. I love the South African drums and instrumentation here. The use of the choir takes it to another level. It has a great message and is the perfect ending for this album. Ike’s flawless vocals and ability to elicit the perfect ambiance on each song is simply
magnificent. I’m very impressed with his body of work. He’s done swing/jazz, pop/rock to jazz standards. I’ve found my Christmas album for 2012!
Review by: Leslie White
119. IAE Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 03.02.2012
"Ike is a force to be reckoned with, he has a knack for delivering exceptionally good music!"
Ike Moriz is a force to be reckoned with. He has managed to successf
ully produce several albums in different genres and they are all good! That's a rarity. Many artists like to dabble in different genres on one project, but fail because they are not giving their fans what they expect. Ike seems to have done just that. He displays his passion for music by giving us a variety to choose from. I think that's pretty cool.
This album, Mirrors and Shade was recorded back in 2004 on his label Mosquito
Records. Most tracks were produced with a retro pop sound, although some have a tinge more rock instead of pop. This album showcases Ike's vocal ability to transform each song into something fresh and new each time. This may be due to his superb acting skills. He's multi-talented!
The title track has the bubbly melodies and catchy hook to keep you humming along well after the song is over. I like the mood he creates on Flame Blue. It is simple and mellow with the perfect touch of soft guitar to accompany the raw and emotional vocals. He flows right into the next song, You Could (Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me), with a bit more dismal tone.
This album has more ballads, but he's a crooner so they are nicely done. The one song,
'Visionary' is a little more up-tempo, but the vocals are dark and heavy compared to
other songs on the album. My favorite would probably be 'Drowning (In London Town)
due to the instrumentation and the fact that it's more upbeat. All in all, I recommend
giving him a listen. He has a knack for delivering exceptionally good music!
Review by: Leslie White
118. Leicester Bangs Magazine, Leicester, UK, 02.02.2012
(Review of “STILL”(EP))
“Glammy sunshine vibes and sing-a-long lyrics tailor made for grown-up AOR radio.”
Review (2012), February 02, 2012
Ike Moriz - Still (EP) (Mosquito Records London)
Ike Moriz’ latest release is a five-track EP comprising of the title track, taken from his “Breathing Dreams” album, a new song called “Angie Blue”, together with German versions of those two songs, and another of “Not About You”, also originally on the “Breathing Dreams” LP. The South African singer-songwriter is no stranger to performances in languages other than English, having previously sung and recorded in Spanish and French, though these songs mark his debut in German.
“Still” was one of the standout tracks from the fore mentioned long-player, so makes an ideal single. Its lilting rhythm and punchy chorus seem tailor made for grown-up AOR radio. The extremely catchy “Angie Blue”, with its glammy sunshine vibe and sing-a-long lyrics, equals it. Again, radio surely beckons. Of the German versions, it’s difficult to single any track out – I don’t speak or understand the language. I can say that Moriz’ approach is chock-full of confidence and vocally he nails them, in much the same way he usually does.
117. IAE Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 02.02.2012
(Review of “Play Me”)
“Good music withstands time. I love the retro pop vibe he has going here. This is feel-good music.”
Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars;
The first song I listened to on Ike's album, Play Me, landed me right smack into some of my favorite 80's movies! I can hear the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ within the hook sound-tracking a classic romantic comedy. You know those movies we always remember because the songs are stuck in our heads? Songs like this require great music, nice vocals and pretty good songwriting skills. Ike possesses all three. He gives us smooth vocals and a catchy melody on this song. I love the retro pop vibe he has going here. This is feel-good music.
Another favorite is 'I Feel Real'. Guitar featured music and strong vocals make you want to get up and move. This song has a grittier sound and a totally different feel from 'Play Me', but flows nicely. I love how he takes us on a ride throughout the album and no two songs are too much alike. So we really get an exciting and unexpected treat with each song.
'Everytime the Sun' is another catchy one with rhythmic guitar and drum patterns. It is more laid back, yet upbeat at the same time. The melody changes throughout and takes you up and down. 'Light is Dark' and Evacuate Me' are also great songs as well. There isn't anything bad that I can say about any of them. This is a really good album. I'm not the biggest fan of sappy ballads, but I appreciate the lyrics and his delivery of the only slow song aptly titled, 'The Sad Songs'.
Even though this album was recorded in 2005 on Ike's label Mosquito Records, it still has a fresh, albeit, retro sound. There's no mistaking good music, eh? Good music withstands time. The whole album is put together well even though each track provides a completely different experience.
If you're a fan of classic pop/rock, give international sensation Ike Moritz a listen. He doesn't disappoint.
Review by: Leslie White
116. IAE Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 01.02.2012
(Review of “All Around The World”)
“A solid gold alternative pop album”
Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars;
In 2007, Ike Moriz released the solid gold alternative pop album, All Around the World.
The project showcases Ike's other musical talents outside of the jazz genre. More along the lines of what we call classic rock in America, the recordings on this particular collective are chock full of cool melodies and Ike's signature tenor vocal.
Ike clearly chose wisely when selecting the right backing musicians to help deliver the messages on All Around the World well. For Ike's part, he mixes enough sincerity and strength in his delivery on songs like "All Around The World," "Anything You Want" and
"Bite The Dog" to remind you that he's not ashamed of his British influence. For an album that is nearly five years old, I still enjoyed it's vivacious yet sensual tone giving any guy out there plenty of mood music to play when he's alone with that special lady.
One could say that All Around The World wins Ike some cool points for creating a project that several years later hasn't lost its appeal. Ike could easily win over a new group of fans who may not know about this totally awesome classic rock release. I could hear a re-release of some of these tunes on top of a remixed more up-to-date sound, because it could do well.
I like Ike Moriz better as jazz artist (mostly becuase I'm a bigger fan of that genre), but this alternative pop album has made a powerful statement which suggests that he's not done making great rock inspired pop tunes yet. Check it out today.
Review by: Senseitional
115. IAE Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 31.01.2012
(Review of “Angel Eyes”)
"Angel Eyes is a 15 song smooth jazz dream."
Rating: 3.75 out of 4 stars;
The third jazz album in Ike Moriz's 2009 'THE STARDUST TRILOGY', Angel Eyes is a 15 song smooth jazz dream. Again, South Africa's Tony Bennett of the new millenium kisses the eardrums of his listeners leaving a score of great tunes that force us to sing along. This album's greatest strength is the fact that it's so well organized, flowing between each song so smoothly.
"If I Had You" is a romantic love song dating back to the 1920s and has become a mainstream jazz standard that continues to be performed and used in movie soundtracks to this day. Having been recorded by such greats as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole, Ike's rendition of the tune definitely gives a clear understanding of what this song would sound like with Tony Bennett on it. I really liked this track with Ike singing it.
Another classic that really stood out on this album is, "Cheek to Cheek". This was first performed by Fred Astaire in the movie "Top Hat" in 1935 and was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame at the start of the new millenium (2000 AD). I've heard Astaire's version of the tune and I must admit that hearing it with Ike's accent on certain words really added a new dimension to the sound. My favorite line in this song is, "Heaven, I'm in heaven, and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak...", one of the most memorable song lyrics in the world.
Angel Eyes rounds out Ike's jazz albums in this series of reviews and I can hardly wait to hear the next release by Ike in this genre. I'd recommend checking this project out if you like songs like "It Had To Be You" and "Quando Quando Quando".
Review by: Senseitional
114. IAE Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 27.01.2012
(Review of “Stardust”)
"I am officially dubbing Ike's voice "The Crown Jewel of South Africa"
Rating: 4 out of 4 stars;
Streaming audio is a beautiful thing because it gives us the opportunity to listen to new music from wherever we are and discover great artists like Ike Moriz. Rarely does a D.I.Y. artist release 12 albums; seven of them full of amazing jazz songs. But that is what makes Ike Moriz such a special musician. His appreciation for great music shines through on the 2009 album release titled, Stardust.
On this project, Ike opts to take a more vocally driven approach, allowing his amazing tenor/baritone voice to shine through. After going through Stardust, I am officially dubbing Ike's voice "The Crown Jewel of South Africa", as his silky smooth tone cruises through songs like "Cry Me A River" (not Justin Timberlake's song), "I've Got The World On A String", and this amazing cover of "I Only Have Eyes For You". Songs like these require a strong and confident voice to sing them, similar to how vital it is for a flower to gain the right amount of water and sun to survive.
But it is on the album's title track, "Stardust," that Moriz shines brightest (no pun intended). Ike delivers a vocal performance that is both eloquent and mysterious and I found myself fully engaged in the live performance coming through my headphones. This is a powerful recording!
Overall, Stardust is a 15 song treasure chest full of shiny jewels that Ike is sharing with us all. Very few artists have the ability to sing jazz music with such power and assurance and I wouldn't be shocked if Ike became an international superstar. I'd recommend checking out this Stardust album by Ike Moriz if you have an affinity for this genre.
Review by: Senseitional
113. IAE Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 27.01.2012
(Review of “Body & Soul”)
"Body & Soul is a collector's item that... cements Ike Moriz in the same line of prestige as Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble."
Rating: 3.75 out of 4 stars;
Writing album reviews takes a great deal creativity and an appreciation for every genre of music, but some artists produce albums that make my job a little easier and that's what Ike Moriz has done with Body & Soul. Some music is timeless and clearly Ike knows this is true of jazz.
Ike pays homage to his musical predecessors by not only dubbing himself "South Africa's Frank Sinatra", but also sharing a similar vocal tone and covering numbers that Ol' Blue Eyes himself sang. Ike makes nothing but great choices on this, 2009 recording. The musicians Ike has chosen to create this project are not only top of the line players, but the perfect backing band for a vocalist like Moriz. Some of the best records on Body & Soul were those that brought out the smooth sensitivity in this artist's voice.
For instance, the tune, "There Will Never Be Another You”. This particular track was perfect for a vocalist with Ike's rich tenor tone. The song, which was a major bright spot in Twentieth Century-Fox’s 1942 film, Iceland, was covered by Nat King Cole whose voice Ike draws comparisons to on this recording.
Songs like "My Funny Valentine" and "Come Fly With Me" gain Ike instant respect for his exceptional delivery of these classic jazz records, but it is "The Way You Look Tonight" that cements Ike Moriz in the same line of prestige as Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble, who both recorded versions of this amazing tune.
When the chips are down, Body & Soul is a collector's item that should be regarded as such.
Review by: Senseitional
112. IAE Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 26.01.2012
(Review of “Blue Moon”)
"Blue Moon is an amazing gaze into the mind of a musical genius whose appreciation for great jazz music seems to know no bounds."
Rating: 3.75 out of 4 stars;
On this album, Blue Moon, Ike Moriz takes a more ‘retro swing’ route that leads straight to the doorstep of the listener's heart. Released in 2010, Blue Moon is an amazing gaze into the mind of a musical genius whose appreciation for great jazz music, seems to know no bounds. There is truly strength in numbers when it comes to music, and on this project Ike gives us 16 great songs to enjoy.
"I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me" is just one of the 16 incredible tracks on this CD just bursting with swing jazz piano and upright bass. Written by legendary songwriters, Clarence Gaskill and Jimmy McHugh, this song was one of the many great tunes sung by great artists of the swing era, like Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and Billie Holiday. Ike Moriz, again, brings another jazz classic to blossom with his signature baritone voice and his powerful and confident delivery. I'd recommend checking it out as Ike really brings this song to life.
The classic "What A Wonderful World" is a longtime favorite of mine and I was very pleased to hear Ike doing the song a great deal of justice. If you've been around long enough you know this song and I don't have to tell you how wonderful it is. To hear it delivered in such a modern and respectable way really made my day.
Blue Moon is a top of the line jazz album that is worthy of all the support in the world. I can't imagine that Ike just randomly chooses great songs to cover and release. When you put this many classic tunes on one project it was clearly a well calculated move and Ike Moriz got the right answer to the equation.
111. IAE Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 25.01.2012
(Review of “Charade”)
Songwriting - 3.75 || Music - 4.0 || Vocals - 3.5
Ike Moriz's album, Charade, is yet another incredible compilation of jazz songs that will resonate with any fan of the Latin Jazz genre. This is one of two jazz albums released in 2010 by the man I have officially dubbed, 'The Voice of South Africa'. This project brings forth a sexy and classy vibe that should be enjoyed in those intimate moments with the one you love.
"Dance, Ballerina, Dance" is a truly elegant piece of music that oozes with passion and one that I have listened to a half-dozen times. Ike did the song justice and really gave it his own jazzy style. Previously recorded by greats like the late great Nat King Cole and
Frank Sinatra, this classic jazz tune was revived by Ike Moriz and given a new suit to wear. Ike's vocal delivery on this song puts him into that elite category of artists today who deserve to be heard and appreciated. You don't want to miss this treat to ears; go check it out.
"Close Your Eyes" is an easy listening gem that fits Ike's amazing baritone voice. This song gives me this amazing sense of calm, taking my mind off how tough of a day I just had. The piano kisses the eardrums softly and adds the perfect backdrop to this priceless composition. Don't cheat yourself by ignoring this song.
Again, Ike Moriz has chosen some of the most classic songs to cover and put together on one project. On Charade you will find classics like: I Just Called To Say I Love You, Charade (title track), It Might As Well Be Spring, and Taking A Chance On Love. Every song is a must hear.
Review by: Senseitional
110. IAE Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 24.01.2012
(Review of “C’est Si Bon”)
“Any artist who can record and release three very good albums in one year deserves to be given some kind of award.“
Songwriting - 3.5 || Music - 3.75 || Singer - 3.25
Ike Moriz's album, C'est Si Bon, is a defining compilation of songs that place Ike on a whole new page as a musician. One of 3 albums released in 2011, C'est Si Bon is an inside view of Moriz's extensive knowledge and understanding of music. Any artist who can record and release three very good albums in one year deserves to be given some kind of award.
"The Lady Is A Tramp" is a swinging piano driven jazz tune that has been recorded by greats like the late great Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra; and most recently the duet was re-cut by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (very odd duet). I really like how Ike delivered this classic song though. His tone of voice on the song adds a unique twist to the song and Ike really makes the song his own. I'd recommend checking this out.
"When I Fall In Love" is another jazz classic that Ike delivers well. The piano ballad is one of my favorites from the jazz music genre and I was very happy to hear Ike cover this song. I've gained a lot of respect for Ike's taste in music and this is one reason why.
There are so many great tunes on this particular project by Ike Moriz, including: Fly Me To The Moon, It Had To Be You (2011), I've Got A Crush On You, and C'est Si Bon. All of these tunes are eloquently played and delivered. You must check this album out by Ike Moriz, even if you're not a big fan of jazz music.
Review by: Senseitional
109. IAE Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 18.01.2012
(Review of “Sunday”)
“Ike Moriz is a true musician. Only a handful of artists can switch genres as effortlessly as Ike does.”
Songwriting - 3.75 || Music - 4.0 || Singer - 3.5
Ike Moriz has again blessed us with another one of his masterpieces. Taken aback by the amazing sound of his album, SUNDAY, I couldn't help but imagine jazz greats like Tony Bennett. As one of Ike's 12 CD releases, this project is my favorite so far.
"How High The Moon" conjures up thoughts of a romantic evening of fancy restaurant dining with that special someone you love. Ike sings with such passion and his tone is rich and classy, making it the perfect marriage with the song's music. The piano adds a great deal of eloquence while the upright bass and drums are masterfully played to suit the jazzy sound of the tune. No matter what your musical tastes are, if this song doesn't get your toes tapping and your head nodding, then you don't have a pulse. "Satin Doll" is another classic jazz song that speaks to the true essence of the genre.
Without sparing a note, the pianist and Ike take you on an amazing musical ferris wheel ride that will leave you feeling like you're on top of the world.
In addition to How High The Moon and Satin Doll, this album offers up these other great tunes: Caravan, What Is This Thing Called Love, There Will Never Be Another You, I'm Beginning To See The Light and I Left My Heart In San Francisco (Tony Bennett's signature song). Each song showcases Ike's brilliance and could very well be one of the best classic jazz projects I've had the pleasure of reviewing.
108. IAE Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 10.01.2012
(Review of “Breathing Dreams”)
"The music on Breathing Dreams emits a level of classic pop-rock that takes you back to when great songs weren't judged by how many MTV Music Video Awards they were given..."
Rating: 3.25 out of 4 stars; Location: Cape Town, WC, ZA ; Genre: Classic Rock ; Key Tracks:Breathing Dreams
Ike Moriz must have liquid music flowing from his heart to his guitar. Having released 12 CD's, Ike has managed to maintain a successful music career that spans more than a decade of recording, writing and touring. His latest project, BREATHING DREAMS, is a 16 track album that shows off the experience this musician has gained; something many rock artists have not managed to stick around long enough to do.
"Breathing Dreams", the title track to Ike's latest release on Mosquito Records London, is a song that needs no bragging. This song toots its own horn (no pun intended) with a brilliant sound that stirs up the listener's emotions and almost makes you feel like you're in a dream. The music on Breathing Dreams emits a level of classic pop-rock that takes you back to when great songs weren't judged by how many MTV Video Music Awards or Top 40 radio spins it was given. This is a great song that will be enjoyed by the true fans of the pop-rock genre.
In addition to Breathing Dreams, this South African musician offers up more great rock songs, including: "Apollo", "Whatever", "In Every Place", and "Peace Dream" (has a great message). Each one of these tracks embodies the creative genius that only a seasoned musician and songwriter could give us.
This is a note to other rock artists and bands who don't quite understand what it means to have a career...not just a record deal. Ike Moriz is the perfect example of what happens when you stay focused and determined, but more importantly, when you make good music for people to enjoy for many years. You should check this guy out, I'm sure you'll hear several songs that will make you an Ike fan.
Review by: Senseitional
107. LEICESTER BANGS REVIEW (Breathing Dreams), Leicester, UK, 29.09.2011
IKE MORIZ – BREATHING DREAMS
“Moriz takes hold of his material & dominates its tones & nuances with his utterly distinctive chords. It’s powerful, compelling & completely in tune with the drama of his songs.” (Rob F., Leicester, UK)
Ike Moriz - Breathing Dreams (Mosquito Records London)
We don’t get to hear many South African artists. Ike Moriz is based in Cape Town, as is his record label, though its name suggests otherwise. A little online research indicates Moriz is something of a star in his home nation, and listening to “Breathing Dreams” it’s not difficult to understand why. For a start, there’s his voice. Pitched somewhere between David Bowie and Jack Bruce, Moriz takes hold of his material and dominates its tones and nuances with his utterly distinctive chords. It’s powerful and compelling, and is completely in tune with the drama of his songs.
And the songs are so ambitious. Produced and arranged for maximum impact, Miraz leads a huge band of musicians (14 are mentioned on his website, plus the South African vocal troupe Brothers With Voices) who take on genres as varied as glam, indie, alt. rock and pop reggae. Highlights are plentiful: “Atlantis” is keyboard driven with Moriz’ croon leading the way, “Still” is pristine, grown-up pop, the sort of thing Paddy McAloon did with Prefab Sprout during their heyday, and “(The Journey Of The) White Baboons” brings sunnier rhythms to bear. “Whatever” rocks gloriously and “Peace Dream (Upupha Ngoxoio)” includes the fore mentioned Brothers With Voices, and what a wonderful noise they make.
Leicester Bangs Magazine
106. Leicester Bangs Magazine, Leicester, UK, 30.12.2011
“A collection of infectious melodies, sing-a-long choruses and enough hooks to fill a fisherman’s tackle box.”
Ike Moriz - Play Me (Mosquito Records London)
Recorded in London in April 2005, Ike Moriz’ second album release on his own Mosquito Records London imprint continued the work he’d done on “Mirrors and Shade”. Though many of his recent recordings have found Moriz immersed in the songs and easy style of the 1950s and ‘60s, his early recordings were very much rooted in the English alternative pop style, pioneered by David Bowie, and enthusiastically sustained by later groups like Suede. As with all Moriz’ releases from this period, the songs were written and produced by the artist.
He’s a skilled pop songwriter, and has indicated in subsequent interviews that because of the rise in popularity of the download, his approach to writing albums was to treat every track as a standalone single. It’s a system that obviously works, as the listener is enveloped in a collection of infectious melodies, sing-a-long choruses and enough hooks to fill a fisherman’s tackle box. It’s no surprise that radio picked up on these songs and they were much played throughout Europe and Moriz’ South African homeland. Some six years after their original release, they retain much of their freshness. Many fans of grown-up pop will find a great deal to enjoy, whether it’s the all-out sunshine buzz of the title track or the wistful lament of “The Sad Songs”.
105. Leicester Bangs Magazine, Leicester, UK, 16.12.2011
“The title track is just a perfect slice of retro indie pop with abundant hooks, a lively melody and a chorus that sticks like glue.”
Ike Moriz - Mirrors And Shade (Mosquito Records London)
South African recording artist Ike Moriz is something of a rarity insofar that he maintains a recording career in two completely separate genres. For the most part he’s a crooner, singing songs from the Great American Songbook, wowing Capetown supper club audiences and releasing a steady flow of albums that have drawn comparisons to Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole. On the other hand he’s a singer-songwriter of a decidedly English, alternative bent.
“Mirrors And Shade” was originally released in 2004 when Moriz was based in London, and listening to its 11 songs I’m reminded of groups like Be-Bop Deluxe, Suede and Gene, and of course, David Bowie, who was later to declare himself a fan. On the strength of the material presented here, it’s an easy position to take. In particular, the title track is just a perfect slice of retro indie pop with abundant hooks, a lively melody and a chorus that sticks like glue. Others of a similar ilk follow suit. “You Could (thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)” is plaintive and drips melancholy but not at the expense of pop thrills, “Fall Into the Sun” is a soundtrack in waiting for a decent summer and “Drowning (in London Town)” encapsulates the experience of many groups who come to the capital, with bonus nods to Oasis and early Blur along the way.
104. Leicester Bangs Magazine, Leicester, UK, 13.12.2011
“Everything from "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - Moriz does a sterling job!”
Ike Moriz is a star of the South African lounge scene, with a dozen albums under his belt, and like all the finest practitioners of what we like to call "the croon", a Christmas album is nigh on compulsory. "Starry Night" is his 2009 holiday record and it doesn't disappoint. Most of the classics are covered, from "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", and Moriz does a sterling job with all of them.
A special mention for the one of the two original songs in the collection, "Peace Dream" sung with the exceptional Brothers With Voices choir, and one for the fact fans - it is possible to "Let It Snow" and have a "White Christmas" in South Africa's "Winter Wonderland", but you've got to be in the Maluti Mountains. So there!
103. Leicester Bangs Magazine, Leicester, UK, 03.12.2011
"Moriz approaches all his recordings with utter professionalism, whether it’s big band balladeering, upbeat indie-pop and glam, or the easy swinging jazz of “Angel Eyes””
Ike Moriz - Angel Eyes (Mosquito Records London)
The final album in the “Stardust” trilogy; a trio of albums released by Ike Moriz in 2009 that highlighted his love of the American songwriters of the middle decades of the 20th Century. Based in Capetown, SA, where I imagine he’s a regular attraction at the more sophisticated end of the nightclub scene, Moriz approaches all his recordings with utter professionalism, whether it’s big band balladeering, upbeat indie-pop and glam, or the easy swinging jazz of “Angel Eyes”.
As with “Body And Soul” and “Stardust”, the two companion records to “Angel Eyes”, Willie van Zyl leads the band, British pianist A. McPike provides the majority of the instrumental flare, and Moriz produces. They’re a formidable team, and as with previous recordings it’s easy to be impressed by both Moriz’s performance and the lean, piano-based arrangements. As always there’s plenty of material to rave about, and individual songs that sound perfectly suited to the classic BBC Radio 2 format. Three tracks in, their take on Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh’s “Witchcraft” is outstanding, with Moriz in fine vocal form and McPike expertly dancing around the keys. “Come Rain Or Come Shine” is lazy and languid, with the piano taking on an almost ‘swampy’ mood. “Try A Little Tenderness” became a soul standard in the ‘60s and ‘70s, but it was originally recorded by the Ray Noble Orchestra back in 1932. Here Moriz joins the dots with a nod to both camps, and it’s undoubtedly one of the highlights here.
102. Leicester Bangs Magazine, Leicester, UK, 24.11.2011
In 2009, Ike Moriz released his Stardust trilogy, three albums of swing and jazz songs. The “Stardust” album gave the trilogy its name, and featured perhaps his strongest set of tunes. Without doubt most of the titles will be recognizable to fans of the genre, and the famous interpreters of the Great American Songbook, from Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald to the ratpack stars who reigned over the Vegas casinos in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Vocally, it’s Cole that Moriz most resembles. He has the same gentle burr to his voice, which makes for some very easy listening. He certainly makes short work of Fats Waller’s “Ain't Misbehavin'”, with pianist A. McPike on his usual fine form. The pair are just as impressive on “I've Got the World On a String”, a song that’s been covered by just about everyone, and Moriz’s take stands tall alongside contemporary versions by Michael Bublé and Rod Stewart.
He leaves some of his strongest work for the final third. His “These Foolish Things” reclaims the song for the Riviera crowd after Bryan Ferry’s ‘70s re-invention. “For Once in My Life” is slowed down and we get to feel every word, and the George Shearing / George David Weiss classic “Lullaby of Birdland” gets a subtle new arrangement, I assume courtesy of bandleader Willie van Zyl.
101. Leicester Bangs Magazine, Leicester, UK, 19.11.2011
Ike Moriz - Body And Soul (Mosquito Records London)
Ike Moriz maintains multiple careers in the entertainment arts; actor, songwriter, performer, producer, etc., and as a singer, he's perfectly adept at taking on different genres and styles. For an artist so prolific, he maintains a remarkable level of quality, and I'm sure that the variety of his projects helps keep things fresh. In 2009 Moriz released three albums of swing and jazz that became known as the "Stardust Trilogy". "Body & Soul" is often listed as the first of the three, though I believe they were released almost simultaneously.
It begins with a serene reading of Eden Ahbez's "Nature Boy", a popular song in the 1950s - Nat King Cole had the biggest hit with it - though these days it's rare to hear a new version. Moriz keeps it simple with a piano arrangement and unhurried percussion, and allows himself plenty of room to tell the story. There are some brave song selections here, but with the help of bandleader Willie van Zyl and pianist A. McPike, he brings something original to some well-worn tunes. His "Autumn Leaves" is just exquisite; "My Funny Valentine" is equally good with McPike weaving magic around the vocal. "Girl From Ipanema" shouldn't work, but it does, and as for the trio of Sinatra standards ("Come Fly With Me", "Moonlight in Vermont", "I Get a Kick Out of You"), he avoids direct comparison by stripping back the instrumentation and holding back on the swagger.
100. Leicester Bangs Magazine, Leicester, UK, 11.11.2011
"Moriz sounds like a star... huge pop arrangements and songs with giant gold hooks."
Ike Moriz - All Around The World (Mosquito Records London)
With the exception of this year's "Breathing Dreams" Ike Moriz' recent album releases have been easy listening affairs, as he's made a name for himself as a gifted interpreter of the Great American Songbook. 2007's "All Around The World" appears to be a precursor to "Breathing Dreams" and showcases Moriz' songwriting is a contemporary setting, and incidentally betrays a welcome appreciation of British pop and rock from the `70s to now.
Bowie, Suede, Felt and Neil Hannon emerge as influences, though Moriz is very much his own man and his songs (and tunes) stand up to comparison. It helps considerably that he has a voice that sounds like no-one else, and there's a sophistication to the recording which strips away any hint of indie budgetary constraints. Moriz sounds like a star and "All Around The World" drips pop glam.
The album begins with "Whereof One Cannot Speak", written by guitarist Jim Barnes (The Darkness), it sets the scene with a planet-worrying bass rhythm, an ambitious arrangement and a lyric that mentions Sartre. "All Your Heroes Are Dead" is much subtler and spacier, though just as grand, and features a hook that in a fair world would guarantee abundant daytime radio play. "Killing Games" repeats the trick and "Anything You Want" confirms Moriz' ear for a classic melody. A top album, and thoroughly recommended to those who enjoy huge pop arrangements and songs with giant gold hooks.
99. Amazon - review, UK, 22.10.2011, Ike Moriz – “C’EST SI BON”
Leicester Bangs Review (2011), October 22, 2011
Ike Moriz - C'est Si Bon (Mosquito Records London)
"C'est Si Bon" is just one of three Ike Moriz album releases in 2011, and the first of two that explores the jazz vocal style of the 1950s, `60s and `70s. Moriz isn't the only singer out there recreating the classic orchestral pop of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, et al, but I bet he's the only one in South Africa. The fact that it's just one string to a musical bow that takes in indie pop, London glam and triple-A rock makes these records all the more impressive.
On "C'est Si Bon" Moriz makes inroads into the French language tradition of easy listening and swing - think Charles Aznavour and Sacha Distel. The title track (music: Henri Betti, lyric: Andre Hornez) was originally made famous by Eartha Kitt, though it's Dean Martin's 1962 version than many will recognize. Here Moriz accompanies the song with little more than a jazzy piano, which allows his voice and phrasing to shine through - while the keys fill the gaps with some panache. Of the other three French language songs, Charles Trenet's chanson classic "La Mer" is the standout, though there are plenty of fine performances to enjoy amongst the remaining 11 standards. His take on Robert Wells and Jack Segal's "When Joanna Loved Me" adds a certain breezy lightness to the song, and the Henry Mancini / Johnny Mercer composition, "The Days Of Wine And Roses", gets treated equally kindly with the barest of accompaniments.
98. Amazon - review, UK, 13.10.2011
This review is from: Sunday (MP3 Download)
Ike Moriz - Sunday (Mosquito Records London)
It would be wonderfully neat and tidy to state that `Ike Moriz is South Africa's answer to...'. Unfortunately, that's too difficult a sentence to finish. I don't think there's another artist in the world that's so adaptable to different styles and sounds in the way Moriz is. His "Breathing Dreams" album (also released this year) was a pop/rock album that touched on everything from indie pop to Bowie inspired glam. It could've (perhaps should've) been a mess, but it wasn't, it was focused and inspired, and always entertaining. "Sunday" (just one of three albums released in 2011) is a completely different sort of record. Here he takes inspiration from the great easy-listening singers of the `50s, `60s and `70s, and for the most part, the Great American Songbook provides the material.
"Sunday" opens with a Broadway number, written back in 1940 by Nancy Hamilton and Morgan Lewis. "How High The Moon" has been famously covered by Les Paul and Mary Ford, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, and there are countless instrumental versions on offer, but Moriz does the song credit, performing the words with a smile on his lips, and his band keep it upbeat, though instrumentally sparse. Piano is often the lead instrument, and Moriz plays it jazzy and light. It perfectly suits his voice. Other standout tracks on this 16-track collection include Johnny Mercer's "Satin Doll" and the absolutely charming version of Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love?". Fans of contemporary jazz singers, as well as the old guard, would do well to keep an eye on Moriz. I, for one, am already looking forward to his next record.
97. Amazon - review, UK, 29.10.2011
Ike Moriz - Charade (Mosquito Records London):
“As always, Moriz is in good voice”
Inspired by Stanley Donen's 1963 movie "Charade" (with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant), Ike Moriz' 2010 release employs Latin arrangements to a collection of jazz vocal standards, as well as a smattering of latter-day pop songs. As always Moriz is in good voice, and with pianist A. McPike on exceptionally fine form, "Charade" is an album to cherish. Although, there is a question mark regarding one song selected, namely Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called To Say I Love You", a composition widely regarded as the artistic and critical nadir of Wonder's illustrious career. Having said that, Moriz' arrangement makes the most of it, though when compared with his takes on the Mancini / Mercer title track, or Joseph LaCalle's "Amapola" it feels decidedly pedestrian - as it always was.
But let's not worry about that. CD players are programmable for a reason, and there are 14 other tracks to be enjoyed. One of the real pleasures of hearing Moriz apply himself to the easy listening songbook is the particular timbre of his voice. So when he sings incredibly well known songs such as Irving Berlin's "Let's Face The Music And Dance" or Norman Gimbel's "Sway", we feel no need to draw comparisons with other versions by Nat King Cole or Dean Martin, simply because they sound so different. The album ends with a refined version of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars", a fitting conclusion to a fine, mellow album.
96. Amazon - review, UK, 05.11.2011
Ike Moriz - Blue Moon (Mosquito Records London)
A genuine all-round entertainer, Moriz has acted in various feature films ("Love Actually", "Alfie", "Shanghai Knights", etc.), became a regular on TV screens ("Eastenders", "The Bill", etc.) and has released a series of albums in various genres. David Bowie is a fan.
Blue Moon was his eighth studio album, originally released in 2010, and it's an intriguing collection of easy listening styles, with attention-grabbing arrangements and a fascinating selection on songs. It's an advantage Moriz holds over great singers of the `40s, `50s and `60s, there's been an awful lot of great pop music written since their heyday, and there's no reason why some of those songs can't be adapted to swing and jazz. Which isn't to say that Moriz ignores the classics, but it does allow for fine versions of The Beatles "Nowhere Man" or Rodgers and Hart's "Blue Moon", a song which dates back to the first half of the century, but was made famous by Elvis.
He sings a cluster of songs many will know from movies; "What A Wonderful World" is measured and unhurried, and floats gently from the speakers. "Blue Velvet" becomes a love song again, with pianist / arranger A.McPike doing some sterling work. "From Russia With Love" was the theme to the Bond film of the same name (written by Lionel Bart and sung on the soundtrack by Matt Monro), and here Moriz sticks close to the source while band-leader Willie van Zyl does some wonderful stuff with strings and things.
95. Bergedorfer Zeitung, Hamburg, Germany, 26th July 2011
Bergedorfs Stern in Südafrika
(Indie-Rocker kommt fuer Konzerte in die Heimat)
Dienstag, 26. Juli 2011 04:00
Bergedorf (tv). Ein Bergedorfer Jung kommt für kurze Zeit zurück in die Heimat.
Juwelierssohn Eike (Ike) Moriz, in Südafrika seit Jahren ein Indie-Rockstar und Jazzmusiker, gibt in den kommenden Wochen insgesamt vier Konzerte in Bergedorf. Das erste beginnt am Donnerstag, 28.Juli, um 20.30 Uhr im BeLaMi an der Holtenklinker Straße 26. Der Eintritt ist frei.
Nach dem Abitur in Wentorf studierte Eike Moriz in Hamburg, Dresden, Rotterdam und Kapstadt Popularmusik und Schauspiel. Danach verbrachte er sechs Jahre in London, wo er sich zunächst als Sänger und Komponist verschiedener Rockbands einen Namen machte sowie in Musicals, TV-Serien und auch kleinere Rollen in bekannten Spielfilmen spielte. 2005 entschied sich Ike, nach Südafrika umzusiedeln, wo seine Songs schnell viele Fans fanden.
Nach dem Konzert im BeLaMi gibt es drei weitere Auftritte auf der Open-Air-Bühne der "vision sternwARTe": am Sonntag, 7. August, um 17.30 Uhr mit Indie-Rock und Pop, am Freitag, 12. August, um 21.30 Uhr mit Jazz und am Sonnabend, 13. August, um 18.30 Uhr wieder mit Indie-Rock und Pop. Die Hamburger Sternwarte kennt der Künstler schon gut. Hier wurde vor zwei Jahren von Mike Hoffmann und Mike Weil (Bergedorf-TV) das Musikvideo zu seinem Song "Starry Night" (Sternennacht) produziert. Das Video kann man auf www.youtube und www.bergedorf-tv.de finden. Auf Bergedorf-TV ist auch ein langes Interview mit dem Musiker zu sehen. In ihm spricht der bescheidene Künstler über seine Karriere, das Leben in Südafrika, die Unterschiede zu Europa und vieles mehr.
94.Bille Wochenblatt, Hamburg, Germany, 21st July 2011
AUF STIPPVISITE IN SEINER HEIMAT
Eigentlich wollte Ike Moriz nur seine Eltern in Bergedorf besuchen. Jetzt entschloss sich der Wahl-Suedafrikaner kurzfristig zu einem Auftritt im Belami. Am Donnerstag, 28. Juli, gibt der Musiker ab 20.30 Uhr mal wieder eine Kostprobe seines Koennens in der Bille-Stadt, in der er geboren wurde, aufgewachsen und zunaechst auch zur Schule gegangen ist.
Dann allerdings startete Moriz seine Weltreise. Nach dem Abitur studierte er in Hamburg, Dresden, Rotterdam und Kapstadt Popularmusik und Schauspiel. Danach verbrachte er sechs Jahre in London, wo er sich zunaechst als Saenger und Komponist verschiedener Rockbands einen Namen machte sowie in Musicals, TV-Serien und Spielfilmen mitspielte.
Seine erste Single erschien 2002 - "Fall Into The Sun", die in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Produzenten von george Michael entstanden war. Ein Jahr spaeter folgte dann sein erstes Album "Mirrors and Shade", das auch international Beachtung fand. David Bowie empfahl seinerzeit 2 der Songs als "sehr hoehrenswert". 2005 enschied sich Ike, nach Suedafrika umzusiedeln. Dort ist er schon seit mehreren Jahren ein richtiger Star. Seine Lieder werden in 17 Laendern regelmaessig im Radio gespielt. Mittlerweile ist sein zwoelftes Album in Arbeit.
Im Belami wird Ike Moriz solo unplugged Indie-Rock, Pop und Jazz zelebrieren - und das bei freiem Eintritt. Einen weiteren Auftritt gibt es auf der Open-Air Buehne der 'vision sternwARTe' vom 5.-7. und vom 12.-14. August.
93. Bay Magazine, Romy Gordon, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2010
Ike Moriz – “Finely Tuned”
I recently caught up with international recording artist Ike Moriz at one of his favourite local restaurants, La Cuccina in Hout Bay, to find out a little more about the man behind the voice. Cosmopolitan magazine had recently described his rock/indie sound as ‘acoustic and edgy but still made for easy listening.’ I had read about ‘the distinctly Scandinavian-looking’ blue eyed, blonde haired, Jagadi Haute Couture wearing vocalist - but meeting him in person was a real treat. He’s notably laid back and hasn’t allowed his widely acclaimed success get to his head. I would describe him as someone who is very comfortable in their own skin, with no airs and graces, who at the age of thirty seven has found himself doing exactly what he has always wanted to do.
Music has always resonated with him, “it’s always just about the music. I’ve got to be true to who I am. Music is my religion. My way of communicating. When I write a song I feel like the music is coming through me. It’s a beautiful experience to write a song that becomes something that has an influence on other peoples’ lives.” I found it difficult to imagine the seriously shy child he described himself as, especially having seen him perform, but he made a decision to turn music into his profession many years ago and says that he always tended to focus on things he found extremely challenging. He’s a serious individualist – explaining how his decision to write his own music stemmed from the plastic, superficial and predictable trend of new age chart toppers. Anything different and out of the ordinary inspires him. His highest hope is that his music ‘would touch a person in a way that transforms them.’
His accolades speak for themselves: A degree in music teaching and jazz performance from The Carl Maria von Weber College of Music in Germany – during which he enrolled in an international exchange programme which took him to Rotterdam and SA. For the next six years he lived in London, teaching and playing in a hard-rock outfit called Stunt Double. He also began busking for extra cash. In conjunction with Steve Kent (George Michael’s producer) he released his first single ‘Fall into the Sun’ in 2002 which went to number one on several radio stations in SA, England and Europe. In 2003 he released an album called ‘Mirrors and Shade’ which went to number one in England, Holland and Australia among others. He also did some work on movie’s you may have seen - playing small parts in Alfie, Bridget Jones’s Diary 2, Shanghai Knights, Love Actually and Wimbledon. In 2005 Ike released his next album called ‘Play Me’, and he moved to Cape Town for a better quality of life. 2006 saw him voted one of the top five singers in SA. In 2007 Ike released his third album ‘All Around the World’ whose track ‘Starry Night’, a duet with Elana Afrika, still receives regular airtime on local radio stations. In 2009 came another 4 albums; Body & Soul, Stardust, Angel Eyes and Starry Night. His latest album Blue Moon released this year features a Hout Bay cover.
But like I said there a lot more to the pop star, singer, producer, photographer & actor than meets the eye. He’s a fierce environmentalist, has a special interest in personal development and if he wasn’t singing he’d be a life coach. ‘Seeing people shift, step into their power and what a profound impact that has on the world’ has always fascinated him.
Well our lunch had come to an end and it was time to wrap it up. Be sure to check him out on a Wednesday night, at the Twelve Apostles or on September 10th, where he’s hosting a Latin Night at La Cuccina (you may even get to check out some of his original photography!) In the words of FHM, “This cat writes a fine tune. Listen to it when wearing velvet and drinking martinis!"
92. FRESHEST AND BEST, CHANNEL 24, SOUTH AFRICA, December 2009: IKE MORIZ - LET IT SNOW (single off “STARRY NIGHT’)
Classy SA crooner eases us into the festive season with this swinging Vegas lounge finger snapper off his new album 'Starry Night', which contains 15 beautifully arranged jazzy adaptions of popular Christmas songs.
Ike Moriz füllt in Afrika Konzerthallen, Samstag, 26. September 2009
Der Juweliers-Sohn ist in Südafrika ein gefeierter Sänger, hat bereits sechs Alben herausgebracht.
SO ENTSPANNT KOENNTE IKE MORIZ IN KAPSTADT NICHT AUF EINEM KIRCHEN-
VORPLATZ SITZEN. DENN IN SUEDAFRIKA IST DER BERGEDORFER EIN STAR. MUSIK-, KLATSCHZEITUNGEN UND DAS FERNSEHEN BERICHTEN REGELMAESSIG UEBER IHN. AUF DER STRASSE WIRD ER ANGESPROCHEN UND MUSS AUTOGRAMME GEBEN.
Ob er in seiner Musiker-Laufbahn jemals den Durchbruch hatte, weiß Ike Moriz nicht. Vielleicht kann man ihn nicht vergleichen mit Stars wie Tokio Hotel oder Nena, deren Musik auf Radiosender rauf und runter läuft. Tatsache ist aber: Ike Moriz hat sechs Alben veröffentlicht, zwei weitere folgen in Kürze. Seine Lieder werden in 17 Ländern gespielt, und in Südafrika kommen um die 5000 Menschen zu seinen Konzerten.
Erlebt man den smarten, blonden, großen Mann heute, meint man, er sei für die Bühne geboren. Doch das war nicht immer so. Erst nach Bundeswehr und einem Jahr leidenschaftslosem BWL-Studium in Hamburg, begriff Ike Moriz, wo seine tatsächlichen Talente liegen. Er bewarb sich an drei Musikhochschulen und wurde überall angenommen. Er ging nach Dresden und studierte Jazz und Rock/Pop.
"Mit meiner Vorliebe für eckigen Brit-Pop war ich dort kurz nach der Wende ein Außerirdischer", erinnert sich der heute 37-Jährige. Deshalb zog es ihn nach seinem Abschluss nach London. "Meine Vorbilder waren damals David Bowie, Blur oder John Lennon. Ich wollte wissen, was sie inspiriert hat." Jobs als Kellner und Aushilfslehrer, aber auch kleine Filmrollen, zum Beispiel in "Tatsächlich Liebe" oder in englischen Serien, hielten ihn über Wasser. Doch auch mit Straßenmusik verdiente er einiges dazu. "Ich bin sogar mal mit einer Freundin durch Europa getourt. Wir haben an touristischen Plätzen gespielt und bis zu 100 Euro am Tag eingenommen", sagt Moriz, der diese Zeit als sehr lehrreich empfand. "Man erhält sehr viel unmittelbare Kritik."
Einen richtigen musikalischen Schub brachte allerdings schließlich eine einzige Begegnung - und zwar mit Steve Kent, dem Produzenten von George Michael. Aufnahmen im Tin Pan Ally Studio, in dem schon Jimmy Hendrix spielte, und Konzerte zusammen mit Session-Musikern von George Michael lieferten die ersten Erfolge. "Ich schickte auch eine CD nach Südafrika, dort leben viele Verwandte von mir und ich liebe das Land." Zur Überraschung des Sängers schnellte seine erste Single dort in den Charts auf Platz eins. Es sollte aber noch ein paar Jahre dauern, bis er 2005 England endgültig den Rücken kehrte und nach Südafrika zog. Heute lebt er in Kapstadt, spielt drei bis vier Konzerte pro Woche - von Jazz bis Indie-Pop.
Wer Ike Moriz live erleben will, kommt am Dienstag um 20 Uhr ins BeLaMi an der Holtenklinker Straße 26. Eintritt: fünf Euro. Zum 25-jährigen Jubiläum des Juweliergeschäfts seiner Eltern an der Bergedorfer Schloßstraße spielt er am heutigen Sonnabend von 16 bis 19 Uhr. Hörproben gibt's im Netz: www.ikemoriz.com oderwww.myspace.com/morizike
90. SEAN HOUGHTON, 'THE FULL CIRCLE' MAGAZINE, CAPE TOWN, 01.08.2009
Ike Moriz was born in Hamburg, Germany but the presence of extended family members living in South Africa meant he first visited the country as a four-year-old and he grew up loving the country and considering it his home. He studied at the Hamburg College of Music earning a degree in music-teaching and jazz-performance. While at the college he joined an international exchange programme that allowed him to study under different teachers at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music, the Southafrican College of Music (at the University of Cape Town) and the College of Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden, broadening his musical vision. Ike had long been a David Bowie fan and also enjoyed the glam rock scene of the ‘70s. In the late ’90s he was into Brit pop and alternative rock bands such as Pulp and Blur and went to live in London. For the next six years Ike taught music to help pay the bills and played in a hard-rock outfit called Stunt Double which was “a kind of Spinal Tap thing.”
“It was always about the music for me,” recalls Ike, “not fame.” But as their popularity grew various members would either give up or want to move on to bigger and better things. To make ends meet Ike began busking in London.“I made really good money busking,” Ike reveals. “A lot of buskers are untrained, self-taught 'wannabe rock stars', so when people came across me they were pleasantly surprised that I could play and sing so well. My musical training really helped!”
Ike performed his own compositions on the hard London streets and tube stations and loved it. “You can really judge how people react to and receive your music when you’re busking. The immediate response is an amazing experience. If they’re not hooked in seconds, they’ll just keep walking. But if you can get them to stop and listen, and then to throw money down for you, you know you’re doing something right!” The busking experience made Ike realise that he should become a solo performer. He met Steve Kent who had produced several of George Michael’s hits and the two worked together and released Ike first single Fall into the Sun which went to number one of several radio stations in England and Europe. The song is about suicide so its popularity surprised but pleased Ike. He sent a copy to South Africa and proved equally popular here. The single was flowed in 2002 by an album called Mirrors and Shade which was released in 17 countries and went to number one England, Holland and Australia among others.
At this time Ike appeared in several major movies such as Alfie with Jude Law; Shanghai Knights with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson; and Love Actually with Bill Nighy. He also appeared in UK television series such as Eastenders, Family Affairs and Holby City. In 2003 Ike released his next album called Play Me which similarly to Mirrors and Shade garnered favourable comparisons to David Bowie, including from David Bowie himself who listed Ike’s cover of Starman as Bowie’s “Song of the Week” for three months! Ike is fiercely original and insists on playing and recording his own music but the Bowie influence is very apparent in his first two albums. The Sad Songs from Play Me could have been lifted directly from Ziggy Stardust (okay,if you insist on the full title: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars) and although Ike may not be entirely happy with the comparison it is a huge compliment because the song is certainly good enough to have been included on Bowie’s iconic record.
In 2005 Ike visited Cape Town and played a few gigs at the erstwhile Acoustic Café in Muizenberg. He was blown away by the reaction of the Cape Town public. He had become disillusioned with the superficial London scene so thought to himself, “you only live once” so he should spend it doing what he loved in a place that he loved and moved to Cape Town permanently. By his own admission, Ike went a bit overboard when he settled in South Africa. He spent big money making videos with super-models and appeared on local TV shows and in leading magazines.
In 2007 Ike released his third album All Around the World. This album was an accessible mixture of pop-rock and easy-listening radio friendly songs. What sets this album apart is that the David Bowie influence is less obvious and Ike has established his own sound and persona. Although he does pay tribute to Bowie in Watching the Sun by including ‘Station to Station’ in the lyrics and in the bonus track Still uses the familiar David Bowie pronunciations and inflections. Again, the comparison should be seen as positive because the song is a good one. The stand-out track on the album is Starry Night, a duet with effervescent, bouncing-off-the-walls personality Elana Afrika, which still receives regular airtime on local radio stations. Any number of other songs on the album such as All Your Heroes Are Dead, Killing Games, Anything You Want, Bite the Dog and I’ll Be Your Man could (and should) have also been hit singles. All Around the World really is a solid collection of songs. A great album.
Ike grew disillusioned with the Joburg scene. “It was just another London, very chicy and snobby,” so Ike decided to forgo Jozi and settle in Cape Town. One of Ike’s earliest loves was jazz which is why he studied it at college. To challenge himself artistically he began experimenting with jazz again and had no intention of making anything for public consumption. When he played his new jazz/swing styled songs for his friends though, their reaction was unanimous, he should record and release this music which all agreed sounded very cool. So Ike decided to change everything and reinvent himself as a jazz/swing performer.
Over the last two years he has been recording no less than three albums to be released as the Stardust Trilogy towards the end of this year. Parts 1 and 2, titled Stardust and Body & Soul respectively are already available on iTunes and Part 3 called Angle Eyes has just been completed. The albums are a collection of swing standards and some original Ike Moriz songs. In pop/rock mode Ike’s voice ranges from a hard gravelly rasp to a soft and gentle whisper. In swing mode the rich resonance of his voice makes Michael Bublè’s seem rather thin by comparison. Indeed, comparisons with the great Tony Bennett are inevitable, Ike Moriz performing swing is that good. Ike is busy recording another rock album to be called Breathing Dreams to be released in early 2010. If this new collection continues the same growth Ike demonstrated on All Around the World, it is bound to be a huge success all around the world!
When Ike is not recording in Paris Studios in Fish Hoek he is performing at gigs around the Southern Suburbs such as Deli Delish and La Cuccina in Hout Bay, and the Constantia Nek Restaurant, or at corporate functions for people who know that Ike Moriz is perhaps, alongside Jesse Clegg and the Parlotones (whom he rates very highly), South Africa’s most accomplished musician and performer. People may ask, if Ike is that good, why isn’t he an international superstar? “It’s never been about the fame,” explains Ike, “it’s always just about the music. I’ve got to be true to who I am. Music is my religion. My way of communicating. When I write a song I feel like the music is coming through me. It’s a beautiful experience to write a song that becomes something that has an influence on other peoples’ lives.”
Ike is assisting a vocal group from Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay called Brothers with Voices (BWV - who Full Circle will feature in our next issue) and who have an abundance of vocal talent but little business acumen to take it further. Ike has paid for studio time and helped them record a CD called Peace Dream, after one of the songs they covered in isiXhosa from his All Around the World album. Ike loves Hout Bay and Cape Town. “I’ve always felt this was my true home,” he says with absolute conviction. He spends as much time as he can walking up Chapman’s Peak and around Hout Bay.
Although he has enormous talent and the supermodel looks that makes the ladies gaga, Ike is a very humble, deep-thinking and caring man who is seriously involved in community and environmental concerns. A very refreshing change from people who grab their 15 minutes and believe that entitles them to behave obnoxiously and treat ‘lesser mortals’ as just that. Ike couldn’t be further removed from that ugly stereotype. He really is a sincere, down-to-earth good guy who would no sooner be rude or disrespectful to anyone than he would stop writing and performing. For more info about Ike and where he is gigging visit his website: www.ikemoriz.com.
89. ETIENNE BUYS, CAPE TOWN UNDERGROUND, CAPE TOWN, SA, 31.10.2008
Ike Moriz "All Around the World" -
The launch of the new album by Ike Moriz took place at Fashion TV in Cape Town, and was attended by the kind of crowd you would expect at such a venue: Plenty of good looking people and people that thoughtthey were really, really good looking.
Unfortunately, Derek Zoolander did not makean appearance... The evening kicked off with a few drinks at the bar for media and other guests while a few of Ike’s music videos played on the screens in the club. The band took to the stage at about 10.30 after a sizeable crowd had arrived. The crowd seemed somewhat subdued in the beginning; I think this was partly to do with the blinding stage apparatus that spelt out “IKE” for all to see. The first half of theperformance was pretty much taken over by the incredible lighting which I think took away from the actual band but made for some pretty cool photography and some small talk around the bar during the break.
A few videos were shown during the break of some European DJ’s endorsing Ike and his new album. The second set resumed without the blinding presence of about 100x60Watt bulbs and everyone seemed more into the vibe and ready to partake in the event. After the show the DJ’s kicked in and everyone got really drunk, as expected.
Words: Etienne Buys
Photography: Louise Gale
88. KIRSTEN SMART, THE NEXT 48 HOURS, CAPE TOWN, SA, 31.10.2008
Ike Let's It All Hang Out At Fashion Tv Bar
I once had a choir teacher who looked just like David Bowie. Unfortunately for her she was a woman and unfortunately for me she didn’t like me at all. I was always the one at the back who would crack inappropriate jokes and make up crude lyrics to sing to the “Carmina Burana”, much to the annoyance of Mrs David Bowie. Nevertheless, being in choir (as well as being in detention- courtesy of Mrs David Bowie), as my dad would say; “built character” and was, I feel, an important part of who I am today (which is rather low on musical ability and high on cynicism). So when I heard that Ike Moriz’s music is inspired by David Bowie (the original, not my choir teacher) I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend his new CDlaunch, “All Around the World” at Fashion TV Bar. After getting off to a rather late start (which, I have come to realise, is expected of the Capetonian “artsy” crowd), the band struck up a surprisingly upbeat, yet unique tune.I was quite relieved, however, to see that Moriz didn’t also adopt the British popicon’s sense of fashion and, is in fact rather ruggedly handsome =>
=> in a “Yeah-I-just-threw-this-on-and-happen-to-look-like-a-movie-star-now-let-me-croon-to-you-on-my-awesome-black-guitar” kind of way. Ike is a professionaldown to the tee and his performance is seamless yet still full of energy and although he is well-known both in South Africaand in London, he still remains down to earth and unaffected by his fame.His fresh take on Indie-pop (yeah, I’m not quite sure what that meanseither, I’m just trying to sound like a professional journalist here) is definitely David Bowie-esque, but with a twist. So if you’re a fan of David Bowie, Indie-pop, my ex-choirteacher or if you’re just looking to hear a fresh new sound I’d definitelysuggest you give Ike Moriz a listen.
87. MARETTA BELLINGAN, SUNDAY RAPPORT, TYDSKRIF, SA, 26.10.2008
Neem kennis: Ike Moriz het geland
deur Maretta Bellingan
Die wit baadjie gooi jou bietjie van koers af. Ike Moriz lyk inderdaad meer na 'n binneversierder of 'n modeontwerper as 'n rock-sanger. En wanneer die voormalige hoofseun later verklap dat hy as kind baie skaam was en eintlik nog steeds is, lig jou wenkbroue nog verder. Maar kyk na die telling, sê die sportentoesiaste as hulle span gewen het. En Moriz se "telling" verklap dat hy gewis nie 'n wannabe of 'n maybe is nie. Hy's klaar daar. Een van sy liedjies is in sewentien verskillende lande op die radio gespeel. Snitte van sy eerste twee CD's het die eerste plek op verskeie radiostasies in Brittanje, Suid-Afrika en Holland, behaal.
Ike is ook op ZA Zone as een van Suid-Afrika se vyf top solo-kunstenaars in 2006 gekies. En so gaan dit aan. In een van Smokie se bekendste liedjies vra hulle, wie de dinges is Alice? Mens wil amper vra wie de dinges is die kunstenaar wat onlangs die meeste stemme vir die Oppikoppi Wildcard-fees gekry het? Al het hy nie daar opgetree nie, "want hulle het verwag dat ek in die vroeë oggendure wanneer almal skuinsdronk moet sing." Moriz het ook gehoop dat hulle ten minste sy vervoerkoste van Kaapstad sou betaal. "Wat maak hulle met al daai hekgeld," wonder hy terloops. Maak kom ons begin by die begin. Wie de dinges is Ike Moriz wat op sy CV beskryf word as 'n internasionale Suid-Afrikaanse Indie-popster en akteur? En hoekom hoor ons nou eers van hom? Die 35-jarige sanger het "oraloor grootgeword, my pa was in die advertensiewese." Duitse pa, Suid-Afrikaanse ma en 'n ouer suster wat 'n juwelier in Duitsland is. "Ek het op skool begin toneelspeel omdat ek so skaam was. Ek speel klavier vandat ek sewe is, maar
was beslis nie 'n tiener wat sy eie garage-band gehad en gedroom het daarvan om eendag beroemd te wees nie." Tog is daar musiek in sy gene. "Oupa was 'n operasanger en ouma was 'n suksesvolle klavierpianiste." Die jong Ike was egter 'n
diep seun, 'n Kafka-aanhanger, wat 'n skrywer van ingewikkelde boeke wou word, maar uiteindelik musiek en toneelspel in Suid-Afrika, Duitsland en Holland bestudeer het. Vandag spog hy met diplomas in musiek-afrigting sowel as
uitvoering. Aanvanklik speel Ike in verskeie bands in Brittanje, maar besluit later om die solo-pad te loop. "Dis makliker. Jy skryf die liedjies en jy maak die besluite." 'n Jaar later ontmoet hy George Michael se musikale vervaardiger en neem in 2002
sy eerste kort CD met vier liedjies op.
In 2004 stel hy sy eerste album, Mirrors and Shade vry en 'n jaar later volg Play me. Hy begin toer en raak bekend in veral Brittanje,Holland en Duitsland. Hy stig ook sy eie plate-etiket Mosquito Records London en is betrokke by die vervaardiging van verskeie ander groepe se CD's. "Fall into the sun het baie goed gedoen, selfs plaaslik. Dis eintlik bisar, wanneer jy in die buiteland woon, dink hulle jy's great, maar wanneer jy hier kom woon, trek (party) radiostasies hulle neuse op. "Mense sê ek klink soos 'n mengsel van John Lennon, David Bowie en Suede," sê die sanger wat die styl van sy nuutste album,All Around The World as melodiese Britse pop-rock, beskryf. " Die musiek is meer postitief as my vorige CD's, maar daar is nog steeds 'n paar mense wat nie regtig Brits-gemotiveerde pop-rock verstaan nie."
Sy besluit in 2005 om Londen en 'n groeiende Europese loopbaan vir 'n huisie in Houtbaai te verruil, verduidelik hy, gaan doodeenvoudig oor lewensstyl. "In Londen kan jy nie die son sien ondergaan of opkom nie. Die lewe is baie intens daar en ek 'n hengse klomp geld bestee om myself te bemark. Toe ek tydens 'n vakansie in Suid-Afrika in Muizenberg optree en die mense is so warm en vriendelik, het ek geweet dis tyd om huis toe te kom."Ike is nog besig om sy stempel op die plaaslike mark af te druk.'n Verskyning op Top Billing het gehelp, terwyl sy musiek-video's op die DSTV-kanaal MK89 die lenige blonde man met die babablou oë verder bekendstel. Hy het ook al op verskeie plekke opgetree, maar hoop beslis dat All Around The World hom na groter verhoë sal neem.
"Nee, ek gaan nie ryk word in Suid-Afrika nie. Die mark is eenvoudig te klein, maar ek is reeds besig om CD-vrystellings in Duitsland, Londen en Holland te reël. Hopelik het my aanhangers daar nog nie van my vergeet nie." Ike is ook plaaslik betrokke by 'n township-koor Brothers with Voices en het hulle gehelp om 'n borgskap te kry sodat hulle hul eerste CD, Peace Dream kon vrystel. Hy lag (half skaam, ja) oor sy loopbaan as akteur. "Hoofrollein musiekblyspele, maar die res is maar kleinerig." Hiermee verwys hy na rolle in verskeie Britse sepies en rolprente soos Love Actually en Alfie. "Ek het intussen ook 'n rolletjie in Backstage gehad en sal beslis nie soortgelyke geleenthede van die hand wys nie."Nou ja, nou weet jy ook wie de dinges Ike Moriz, dieinternasionaal bekende Suid-Afrikaanse Indie-popster is.Meer persoonlike detail sluit in: mal oor die natuur; baie lief vir katte; doen graag yoga en grootse vrees is om Alzheimers te kry.Slegte gewoontes? Die man met die wit baadjie dink diep. "Ek het regtig lank probeer om te rook, maar kon dit nie regkry nie." Meer oor Ike: www.ikemoriz.com
86. CAPE ARGUS, EVAN MILTON, SA, 16.10.2008
All Around the World - Mosquito Records
Ike Moriz brings glam back to indie-pop, launching All Around The World with dancers, international link-ups and models. (Friday, FTV, cnr Buitengracht and Hout sts, 8pm, R30).
85. SUNDAY RAPPORT, TYDSKRIF, SA, 05.10.2008
All Around the World - Mosquito Records
Soos'n mens nou al kan verwag van die Indie-popsterIke Moriz is sy nuwe album, All Around the World, van hoe gehalte en byna foutloos. Hy het byna al die musiek self geskryf vir die CD wat deels in Londen opgeneem is. Hy gaan deur'n wye reeks emosies en stilistiese elemente terwyl hy geanker bly in sy oorspronklike kleurryke musiek. Aanhangers van Britse pop/rock kan gerus die album aanskaf. Hulle sal nie teleurgesteld wees nie.
84. OVERTONE, WWW.OVERTONE.CO.ZA, SA, 19.09.2008
"The big question: is Ike Moriz really South Africa’s answer to David Bowie? Well, if
All Around The World is anything to go by, perhaps. Some Ike Moriz die-hards might find this shameful – and there are many of them – but prior to receiving the task of writing a review of the tall blonde, starlit singer-songwriter, I had never before heard of Ike Moriz. Maybe being a fully-fledged indie rock girl has something to do with it…
Overtone | Ike Moriz - All Around The World
As with any carefully crafted pop album, the majority of the tracks share an aural aura. A couple of gems that should be kept in your radio-friendly archives include All Your Heroes Are Dead and the title track. Still (Bravo Mix 2007) is a good indication to go by when curious to find out more about Ike’s music. Whereof One Cannot Speak may be the only song not written by Ike himself, it opens the album on a strong note, and suddenly you’re at the front row of the outdoor festival listening to your new favourite solo artist from the South."
"... on a second and third listen, you can actually invoke the spirit of David Bowie. Seriously. Put the album in a circle of candles, play the title track and chant ‘Ziggy’ three times while snorting a line of uncut cocaine. You’ll be amazed.
The self-titled indie-pop star is no stranger to the global music industry. He’s recorded all around the world (no pun intended), making a name for himself in Germany and London. But Moriz has traded in some of the glamour of being a musician for film. He himself has also graced the silver screen, featuring in major motion pictures like Shanghai Knights [view] and Love Actually [view]. You can understand why. Tracks such as Killing Games and Always You (Samsara) are just screaming for a part in the next Hugh Grant/Colin Firth hit. A definitive Ike Moriz hit mixes a blend of synth-pop with acoustic guitar-driven melodic rock. If you were an 80s kid, listening to a vinyl by Talking Heads, The Cure, Gary Numan or Soft Cell vinyl, give this album a listen."
83. WHAT'S ON SA, WWW.WHATSONSA.CO.ZA, DEX, 16.9.2008
Ike Moriz - All Around the World
Written by Dex, on 16-09-2008 14:45
Ike Moriz's latest offering "All Around the World" is a mixing pot of great catchy lyrics,sweet melodies, some of the finest musicians SA has to offer and the warm voice of Ike Moriz.Starry Night featuring Elana Afrika adds a touch of spice to the album, with a sort of Rocky Horror duo feel to it. Each track leaves an aftertaste of sweet familiarity.This album could be the one that puts SA pop music on the global map. I expect we will be hearing a lot of it on the airwaves. If you are into POP music, this is definitely one for your collection.
82. SUNDAY TRIBUNE, 'THE BUZZ', DURBAN, SA, 07.09.2008
IKE MORIZ: SOUND OF THE WEEK!!
Ike Moriz, local indie pop star and actor, has just released his third album, All Around the World. The album was recorded in London and Ike got to work with George Michael's producer, Steve Kent. Indiepop Spinzone describes his sound as 'Bowie without the glam meets Oasis without the self-importance, teamed with UK chart'alternative' without the boredom'.
81. Cape Concierge, issue 1757, SA, 08.09.2008
6 September - 7 September
An humanitarian fundraising music event with some of South Africa's best loved bands including Freshlyground, The Dirty Skirts, The Rudimentals, Ike Moriz and Coda. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to refugees and asylum seekers from Zimbabwe.
80. BEELD, JIP, Johannesburg, SA, 05.09.2008
CD RESENSIE: Pragtige Ike reis deur indie-pop
All around the world deur die gorgeous Ike Moriz is
’n lekkerluister-CD wat beslis deel van jou versameling
Die 12-snit-album sluit ’n remix-weergawe van “Still”
in, terwyl The Darkness se guitarist, Jim Barnes,
die opening song vir Ike se album geskryf het.
Die verrassing op die CD is dat die superceleb Elana
Afrika Ike vir die snit “Starry night” join.
Dit klink nogal goed.
Ike, wat al voorheen as Suid-Afrika se eie indie-pop-idol
gedoop is, ondersoek ’n wye verskeidenheid emosies
en stilistiese elemente om hierdie album kleur te gee.
Die luisteraars kan verseker wees dat hulle wel die
enigmatiese Britse Pop/Rock gaan kry.
International indie-pop star and actor Ike Moriz has
returned from the UK, where he received wide
acclaim for his two albums ‘Mirrors & Shade’ and
‘Play Me’. In the US, Ike was described as
‘Bowie without the glam meets Oasis without the
self-importance teamed with UK chart alternative without the boredom.’
Overtone is proud to annouce that three new artists have been added to the confirmed lineup at ZIMFEST 08! This year, pop icon Ike Moriz, neo-classical outfit Coda and post hardcore experimental alternative rock fivepiece New Altum will be playing at ZIMFEST 08 on the 6th of September at Tafelberg Tavern, Cape Town.
78. KARIN BURGER, KAAP RAPPORT, CAPE TOWN, SA, 13.05.2008
77. MADELEIN OOSTHUIZEN, 24.COM, JIP, SA, 08.02.2007
CD RESENSIE: IKE MORIZ - Album: All around the world
Agtergrond: Die naam van sy nuutste album som omtrent sy musiekloopbaan op. Sy songs is al in 17 lande oor die wêreld heen gespeel en sy vorige twee albums, Mirrors & Shade en Play Me, is baie goed ontvang in Brittanje. Dié Suid-Afrikaanse sanger en akteur se musiek is ook al gehoor in gewilde rolprente soos Alfie, Shanghai Knights en Love Actually.
Wat om te verwag: Sy musiek wod beskryf as Indie-pop wat duidelik is uit sy alternatiewe rock-aanslag en sterk ritmes. Ná die depressiwiteit van die eerste twee songs was ek amper oorgehaal om die CD af te sit . . . maar hoe bly is ek ek het nie voor hierdie impulsiwiteit geswig nie. Van daar af tel die musiek beslis op en dit word al hoe duideliker hoekom hy soveel internasionale sukses behaal het. Die lirieke raak meer opgewek, maar verloor nie hul wortels wat diep in die soet en bitter van die lewe geplant is nie. Hoogte- en laagtepunte: Die songs wat veral aanmy hartsnare gepluk het, is Always you, Starry Night, wat hy saam met Elana Afrika sing, en die titelsnit All around the world, wat dominerende kitaarklanke en ’n wonderlike beat het. Minder mooi en heeltemal te hardcore vir my sensitiewe
ore was, is Bite the dog. Gevolgtrekking: Koop die album en luister dit ten minste een keer van voor tot agter deur. Daarna het jy my toestemming om net jou gunstelingevan die mure te laat bons. – madelein oosthuizen
76. ARNOLD RAS, DIE BURGER, JIP, SA, 09.12.2007
75. EMILE BUTLER, TV PLUS MAGAZINE, SA, 28.11.-06.12.2007 issue
"Ike recently released his 3rd CD and it's contagious! This 12 track CD surprises you with a variety of emotions and music styles which resemble the British Pop/Rock genre. The track 'Starry Night' is hot
Also try: George Michael, Oasis.
74. CLARISSA GROBLER, "VOLKSBLAD / JIP", BLOEMFONTEIN, SA, 26.11.2007
Ike se album spog met wêreldklanke
IKE MORIZ het in wat ’n mens sou kon beskryf as ’n kort tyd in ateljee-terme sy nuutste album, All Around the World, uitgereik. Dié album volg kort op die hakke van sy vorige album, Play Me. Soos met sy vorige album is daardie Bowie-agtige klank steeds daar, hoewel ’n mens ook ’n klein tikkie andersheid kan bespeur. Dié musikant-akteur het met CLARISSA GROBLER gesels oor die nuwe album. Daar was Mirrors and Shade (wat omtrent vier jaar geneem het om te ontwikkel), toe Play Me en nou All Around the World wat gou in sy voorloper se spore gevolg het. Hoe het die maak van jou derde ateljee-album verskil van die maak van Play Me? My hoofdoel was om ’n album te skep wat ’n baie melodic, warm en natuurlike vibe het. Daar is al vir my gesê dit klink steeds baie internasionaal, maar dat mense sekere klanke, ritmes en melodieë herken het wat meer aan Suid-Afrikaanse musiek herinner as te vore. Ek het ook saam met meer musikante as te vore gewerk. Dit is ’n baie internasionale mix van mense van Malawi, Suid-Afrika, Noorweë, Duitsland, Italië, Skotland en Engeland.
Ek het saam met vier kitaarspelers, vier tromspelers en vyf baskitaarspelers tydens die opname in die ateljee gewerk. Al my vorige albums en singles is oorsee geskryf en opgeneem, maar dié keer is die meeste van die songs hier geskep terwyl ek in Kaapstad en Johannesburg gebly het. Baie het gebeur sedert my terugkeer van Londen twee jaar gelede, en ek het probeer om hierdie “nuwe lewe” terug in Suid-Afrika te reflekteer in die songs.
Hou die titel van die CD verband met jou eie reise? Die titelsnit, All around the world, staan vir die idee van “volg jou hart?.?.?. maak nie saak wat nie”. Ek het agtergekom mense reis of verhuis om verskillende redes. Ek het gevind die belangrikste deel van om na ’n plek te reis nie soseer die eindbestemming is nie, maar die werklike reis om daar te kom. Ek het die reis om All around the world te skep baie geniet! Ons doen die dinge waarin ons glo en ons leer deur dit te doen. Dit is daardie ervaringe wat ons gehelp het om te word wat ons is. All around the world sê basies: Doen dit – wat ook al dit is wat jy droom om te doen! Die lewe is gereelde verandering. As ons ophou verander, is ons dood. Gunsteling-track op die nuwe album? Dit is altyd moeilik om
te sê. My gunsteling is gewoonlik die een wat ek laaste geskryf het. In hierdie geval All your heroes are dead. Maar dit verander heeltyd en wissel tussen Killing Games, All around the world, All your heroes are dead en Whereof one cannot speak. Daar is ’n onbetwisbare charm in jou musiek, ’n sekere sin van styl. Wat is vir jou die belangrikste in jou musiek? Ek was nog altyd veral gefassineer deur die ideaal om “tydlose musiek” te skep?.?.?. maar dis ’n heel anderste storie. Essensieel wil ek my persoonlike gevoelens en gedagtes met ander deur my musiek en lirieke deel. Ek het gevind dat ek dit die beste doen deur ’n baie eerlike benadering totliedjieskryf: Ek probeer om na my hart te luister tydens die liedjieskryfproses.
Hoe hanteer jy kritiek? Dit hang af van die omstandighede, maar ek is altyd bereid om waar te neem hoe menseop my musiek reageer: Ek vind dit fassinerend om te sien hoe verskillende mense reageer. Wat lê nog vir Ike Moriz voor om te bereik? Ek het so baie idees vir toekomstige albumprojekte dat ek hoop ek lewe lank genoeg om te sien hoe hulle geskep word. Ek wil electronic pop, tradisionele Afrika-musiek, jazz en heavy rock verder verken in die toekoms. Ek speel nou ook weer toneel en wil aanhou om verskillende karakters en toneel scenario’s te verken. Het jy ander musiekprojekte op die spyskaart? Ek bestuur tans ’n tradisionele Afrikavocal ensemble van ’n township in Kaapstad en ek werk live op die verhoog en in die ateljee saam met hulle. As jy nou, ná drie albums en ander ervaringe, terugkyk, het jy toe jy met jou musiekloopbaan begin het, gedink jy sou dit wat jy reeds bereik het, bereik? Ek het altyd in my vermoëns geglo om goed te wees met dit wat ek doen, maar ek sou nooit geraai het hoe alles in plek geval het in die afgelope jare nie. Ek sou nooit in ’n miloen jaar geraai het