The idea for The Flying Maestro was sparked at the end of 2015 when I conducted a 40 piece orchestra in the Sun City Superbowl for Gary Player’s 80th Birthday. The event producer, Glen Beever of Frog Productions, gave me a flying entrance from 15 metres above the stage to land in front of the orchestra.
While rehearsing this, I wondered if there had ever been conductors who had conducted an orchestra while flying through the air performing aerial stunts. It would appear from my research that while there have been numerous aerial musicians, there does not seem to have been a conductor who has done this.
So this year I began training with Orlando Vargas and Marco Vargas at Art of Synergy, an aerial studio in Kyalami that specializes in training of aerial art and acrobatics. I performed a showcase at the studio in June 2016. My training is on going and I am developing and refining the act for future performance.