SECRET MAGICAL GARDEN CONCERTS 2015

When it comes to fresh new ideas for entertainment, Cape Town is the place to be! Year in year out we find the most innovative events and artistic creations in the mother city. It's inspirational! Just recently I was completely blown away by my friend Chris Swift's 'SUNSTAR' creation on top of Signal Hill. One of the many reasons why I love this city and why I wrote the song To Cape Town/iTunes in her honour. 

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(Sunstar, Chris Swift, photo by Bruce Sutherland)

This summer I teamed up with friends and colleagues in the entertainment industries to bring 'secret botanical garden picnic concerts' to Cape Town audiences. My wife Madri has been an amazing support with her experience in event coordination (INKT). We both love music, wine & picnics!

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(Madri & Ike at the first picnic concert | Photo by Abigail K Photography)

We started in November'14 with a swing/blues/latin concert at my friends Camilla & Clive McDowell's magical private botanical garden at Constantia Woods in Constantia. Clive is a renowned, published botanist and Camilla is the 'Queen of Constantia' (Argus). It is their generosity of lending us their amazing 'fairy gardens' (home to more than 900 different plant species) that made this series possible.

 (Photos by Abigail K Photography)

After the amazing audience response of the first concert we decided to expand and modify the series to keep things exciting for all involved. I invited my colleague & amazing singer Monique Hellenberg (of Goldfish fame) to team up with me to sing songs we had recorded for my latest CD 'Nobody Does It Better' (2015). 

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(Constantia Secret Botanical Garden Concert | photo by Madri Le Roux)

I love duets, especially when it is with such an amazing Cape Town talent such as her! It was the first time I collaborated since recording my duet Starry Night with Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp (Espresso/KFM) in 2007. 

She sang together with me at another amazing botanical garden: Kirstenbosch.

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(Kirstenbosch sunset concert, photo by Michelle Hounsom)

However, Kirstenbosch lacks the exclusive, magical atmosphere that we have been able to create in Constantia. So, at yet another sold out picnic on Boxing Day'14, we again added a new exciting ingredient to our event: The amazing 'Abantu Strings Trio' from Hout Bay. 

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(Abantu strings Trio, Dec 2014, photo by Mosquito Records London)

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(Abantu strings Trio and Ike at a wedding performance at Vineyard Hotel, 21.2.15, photo by Mosquito Records London)

They had lost most of their belongings in a recent fire at their Hout Bay home in the Imizamo Yethu settlement. After discovering their incredible talent through Camilla's father Michael du Preez, we thought it would be amazing to include them to raise money and awareness. With Camilla's help we raised R2000 at every event (R6000 so far) and have been able to book them at weddings as well as find sponsorship for them!

Ike Moriz Creation Wines Abantu Trio

(Kate from Creation Wines, Abantu trio, Ike, Constantia, photo by Mosquito Records London)

Our guests always receive a free bottle of SA wine with every booking of 2, which I think is a great deal at R110 per ticket! As I said, my wife and I love wine tasting, and we tremendously enjoyed sampling just the perfect wines for a lazy, relaxed picnic at these concerts. 

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Recently we were lucky enough to involve our friends from the incredible 'CREATION Wines' in the beautiful Hemel en Aarde valley to sponsor a free sampling of their exquisite award-winning wines at the concerts. Both Creation Wines and the Abantu Trio will be at our next concert on 1.3.15

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(A kids paradise - the pool at the gardens | free entry for under 12yr olds)

After yet another sold out picnic in January, we decided to take the picnic concerts on the road to the stunning Blydschap Venue and accommodate music fans living too far to travel to Constantia. 

Ike Moriz at Blydschap 2015

(Blydschap concert, 8.2.15)

Madri's brother Nathaniel (Die Nathaniel Tafel) has a wine label called 'Altydlig' which is on the neighbouring farm, so it was clear that we'd be including their great wines at this concert. It was a great success thanks to the kind support of Blydschap owners Andre Laubser & Lana Dippenaar Hamman. We will be back at this lovely wedding venue with magnificent views of Cape Town, Stellenbosch Farms and Table Mountain on Sunday, 19th April'15!

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The last concert in Constantia this summer will be on Sunday, 29th March'15: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/8511-magical-botanical-garden-jazz-picnic-with-ike-moriz-constantia/ 

We have now teamed up with La Cuccina Hout Bay to provide optional ready-made delicious picnic baskets at R150pp. 

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If you are interested in creating an event like this with us or if you simply want to come to the latest one near you, please call Madri on 0824143180 or email her at madri@inkt.co.za. See you at a picnic!!!

Rose Woods concert by top wedding singer Ike Moriz 2015

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