From a land rich in musical and cultural diversity comes one of its most diverse performers and composers.

Born in South Africa to a musical family, Shannon Mowday draws from many influences with seemingly boundless energy and brings it all together with purpose and style. Acknowledged internationally as a gifted saxophone player, she is a multi-instrumentalist, covering the range of the woodwind family as well as piano. She is also an accomplished composer, arranger and lyricist as well as being an experienced and passionate educator.

Shannon is known as an extremely adept and versatile musician, having performed in a variety of styles and roles, including as soloist with a symphonic orchestra, live recordings of classical saxophone quartet, as a Big Band leader and conductor, straight-ahead jazz, African, klezmer and traditional styles in both a studio and live environment. Shannon has performed alongside  South Africa’s best with artists including Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Robbie Jansen, Jeduith Sephuma, Selealo Selota, Feya Faku, Concord Nkabinde, Gloria Bosman and Kevin Gibson, as well as international musicians such as James Morrison, John Fedchock, Douglas Masek, Stefon Harris and members of the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, to name but a few.


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