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Velvet Motion

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Singers and multi-instrumentalists Corné & Heidi Dannhauser, play 7 instruments between the two of them – violin, saxophone, trumpet, solo bass guitar, acoustic- & electric guitar, and double bass. Velvet Motion offer  solo performances, duo to 7-piece band, a alassical ensemble and DJing. They are considered one of South Africa’s most versatile function band and are able to handle most functions for all cultures and tastes from start to finish.

Velvet Motion provides the highest quality BIG entertainment at your event! Hire them and blow your guests away with highly memorable performances and stunning creations!

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Heidi was named by Natanié as one of South Africa’s top five female singers. She has an impressive background in the performing arts, including 20 years in theatre, television exposure and cabaret. Corné follows hot on Heidi’s heels with his own impressive history in the entertainment industry as performer, songwriter and composer who has worked with local (Natanié/) and international (Stef Bos) stars.

They have a large repertoire including jazzy music from the 1930’s to ’50’s, Latin tunes, songs from the musicals, adult contemporary and a couple of African favourites. They lean more to the sophisticated and are the perfect choice if you require a big sound with lots of live instruments and vocals, but are on a tight budget. Their strongest point is their cross-cultural appeal. Beautiful vocals and clever instrumentals, they are an incredibly talented string group.

Velvet Motion Duo:

The Velvet Motion Duo features Heidi Dannhauser on vocals, saxophone and violin, and Corné Dannhauser on vocals, trumpet and electric solo bass.

Heidi was named by Natanié/ as one of South Africa’s top five female singers. She has an impressive background in the performing arts, including 20 years in theatre, television exposure and cabaret. Corné follows hot on Heidi’s heels with his own impressive history in the entertainment industry as a performer, songwriter and composer who has worked with local (Natanié/) and international (Stef Bos) stars.

They have performed at numerous weddings including that of the adviser to the Minister of Health – Ray Mabope and corporate functions for companies like Sasol, Capri Linen, Stellenbosch Farmers Winery, Daimler-Chrysler, Sun City, Rand Merchant Bank, Price Waterhouse Coopers, etc.

They have a large repertoire including jazzy music from the 1930’s to ’50’s, Latin tunes, songs from the musicals, adult contemporary and a couple of African favourites. They lean more to the sophisticated and are the perfect choice if you require a big sound with lots of live instruments and vocals, but are on a tight budget. Their strongest point is their cross-cultural appeal. Beautiful vocals and clever instrumentals, they are an incredibly talented and fresh duo.

Velvet Motion String Trio:

The versatile Velvet Motion String Trio is unique in its fresh format of violin, acoustic guitar and double bass. They attract and keep the attention of today’s media-saturated audiences through their modern approach on light-classica/s, music from the 1930’s to ’50’s, Latin tunes, songs from the musicals and some African favourites. A surprise element is their quick change to jazz trio with saxophone or vocals done by multi-instrumentalist, Heidi Bouwer.

They have a long history together and have wowed theatre audiences to critical acclaim and have added atmosphere and a touch of funky class to events ranging from art exhibitions to weddings to corporate functions.

They have also made their mark as individuals – Luke van der Merwe (guitar) is a well known face as the guitarist for Noot vir Noot, Corné Dannhauser has been the bass player for Nataniél for 13 years and Heidi Dannhauser (violin, saxophone, vocals) started off as an extra-young concert master to the Reserve South African Youth Symphony Orchestra and today boasts 25 years of theatre productions, television appearances and entertainment as actress, singer, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist.

Velvet Motion Jazz Quintet:

The fabulous Velvet Motion Jazz Quintet is the perfect answer to a classy event that will benefit from a bigger look live band. They will woo audiences with their renditions of music from the

1930’s to ’50’s, some Latin tunes and music from the musicals. They have been entertaining at corporate functions, weddings and other upmarket functions since 2001. They are not your typical Quintet due to the fact that their front person plays various instruments and is an incredible vocalist.

This amazing band is headed by performing artist extraordinaire Heidi Dannhauser, one of the finest female vocalists on the South African landscape. She started playing violin and piano before school and added saxophone later in her life. She is accompanied by well known bass player, Corné Dannhauser, on electric and double bass, veteran and virtuoso on the jazz guitar, Luke van der Merwe, probably the most used drummer in the country, Vinnie Henrico and keyboard master and Director of Campus of the Performing Arts (COPA Pretoria), David Jooste. The Velvet Motion Jazz Quintet has impressed people in the know like the world famous jazz pianist and educator, Darius Brubeck. They will surely do the same for you!

NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES:

  • Weddings including that of the adviser to the Minister of Health – Ray Mabope.
  • Corporate functions for Sasol, Capri Linen, Stellenbosch Farmers Winery, Daimler-Chrysler, Sun City, Rand Merchant Bank and Price Waterhouse Coopers etc.
  • Opening of Menlyn Maine.
  • Opening of the Heathrow Terminal at OR Tambo Airport.
  • Re-opening of Lanseria International Airport.
  • Other clients include the Blue Train, Colgate, BASF, Rochè, LG, Exxaro, Price Waterhouse Coopers, RMB, Ford and The National Government etc.

Testimonials

“Velvet Motion is always an excellent choice for any occasion due to their large repertoire and their incredible ability to read any of their audiences perfectly. It is for this reason that I have on several occasions in the past commissioned Velvet Motion to perform at my exhibitions. Special mention can be made of Velvet Motion’s performance at my exhibition at Menlyn Maine in 2017. This was during the launch gala event at Menlyn Maine precinct for my exhibition of public art. These artists are very professional and versatile in their performances. They are effortless to work with and delivers highly entertaining performances, that are very good value for money. I can with confidence highly recommend them and wish them well with their future performances.”

Anton Smit – Sculptor

“You guys are fantastic, thank you for always giving the best sound the best Dj and VERY best live music. Always so on time and professional in everything from first phone to event performance. I am honoured to know you and use you for our functions.”

Kobus Vermaak – Casablanca Manor

“It has always been an absolute pleasure to work with Velvet Motion over many years – punctual, professional & most importantly, highly talented! Always a treat for any of our blue chip clients – take a bow Corne and Heidi!”

Dominique Smith, Managing Director of Provantage

“Just wanted to tell you that you were absolutely fantastic on Saturday. Carly can’t stop telling me how very special and perfect their wedding was. You were truly amazing. Will not hesitate to recommend you for future functions. Thank you once again for making Carly’s and Fanie’s wedding day so, so special.”

Dayle Sykes – MDS Architecture

“Die musiek was fantasties en ‘n absolute lus om na te luister.”

Antoinette Jacobs – UJ Faculty of Law

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