Known for changing the face of instrumental music in South Africa and beyond with their extraordinary fusion of virtuosity and fresh beats, Sterling EQ boasts four successful releases, nearly 1000 live performances since 2008, and thousands of followers worldwide. They have performed in 12 countries and for live audiences of up to 40,000, and on live broadcasts to millions of global television viewers. Sterling EQ proudly boasts a South African Music Award (2011) and a Ghoema Music Award (2013) as well as various further nominations.
The trio is lead by celebrated flute virtuoso Carina Bruwer who is also widely known for her marathon swimming feats, with the dynamic Ariella Caira enchanting on the electric cello, and ace violinist and composer Luca Hart whose Grappelli-inspired improvisations has audiences in awe. These three Classically trained virtuosos share dozens of awards, degrees and distinctions between them, as well as a passion for the latest beats and pop music trends.
Through regular live performainces, playing at SA’s most coveted events, touring their albums, sharing stages with global music icons, and enjoying extensive media coverage across all mainstream media, the all-woman supergroup has inspired music fans and fellow musicians alike, with numerous new acts popping up within the Sterling-coined genre of “instrumental pop”. Career highlights include winning an SA Music Award in 2011 (becoming only the 2nd all-girl band in a decade to do so), signing a major record deal with EMI South Africa in 2011, performing across 12 countries at top events like the SAMA Awards Show, the FIFA Congress Opening Ceremony and Official World Cup Banquet (2010), the World Travel Awards in India, Dubai, Durban and Johannesburg, SA Idols 2011 (guest artist), the IPL 2009 Opening Matches and the Cape Town Stadium launch and numerous private and corporate parties, events and showcases; as well as collaborating with the likes of Boney M, Dave van Vuuren and Loyiso Bala, and sharing stages with artists such as Snow Patrol, Carole Samaha and Lira.
Their performance promises to enthral young and old and will include breathtaking instrumental acrobatics expected in pieces like Asturias and Spain, innovative arrangements of Classical pieces like Handel’s Sarabande, soulful melodies such as AR Raman’s Mumbai Theme, and Mike Batt’s Caravans Theme, locally inspired numbers including Mbube and Lisa se Klavier, as well as Sterling EQ originals, Eastern European inspired pieces and, inevitably, a bit of Jethro Tull.
South Africa’s #1 instrumental group is celebrating their 10 year anniversary and has announced a Greatest Hits album to mark the occasion.They say times flies when you’re having fun. This couldn’t be more true for the members of Sterling EQ.“The journey with Sterling EQ has been life changing” says Carina Bruwer “and nothing could have prepared us for the success we’ve achieved.
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