Based: Cape Town
Tavarua is a mellow & fresh duo consisting of Lynne Poulsen (piano & vocals) and Neil Potgieter (guitar), performing the best of Jazz, light pop and covers.
Lynne and Neil have been working together for several years in various projects. As a duo they have played at the ONE AND ONLY HOTEL at the V+A Waterfront, and have also played together at JACKSON HALL, at Grand West Casino with the Jazz-Soul outfit Grande Royale.
Their music is soulful, including well-known jazz standards, as well as covering artists like Norah jones, Corrinne Bailey Rae, Katie Melua, Michael Buble and Natalie Cole amongst others. Everything they play takes on the special quality and unique style that is Tavarua. Because of their unique combination of abilities,they also offer a Duo/DJ combo, making them your ideal entertainment, whether it’s fine and mellow, or upbeat, hip and happening!
LYNNE studied jazz at UCT, majoring in composition and arrangement. Her list of performance credits include: UCT College Big Band (lead vocalist), COLE PORTER UNDER YOUR SKIN, THE POULSENS DO THE CARPENTERS (Artscape), WHAT A FEELING-THE ULTIMATE EIGHTIES SHOW (On Broadway), GIRLTALK (Richard Loring), THE 6 VOICES PROJECT, DIVA RSA (Sarah Theron), NATURAL WOMAN (Barnyard Theatre). She performs regularly at The One and Only Hotel.
NEIL has been working in the music industry for the last ten years as a guitar player, DJ, producer and writer. His original outfit, MACSTANLEY, has seen some of his music hit both national and international charts and the band has just completed their 3rd album. Other musical interests include DJ’ing and electro music, which has seen Neil collaborate with some of Cape Town’s best to create a fresh and vibey outfit combining the live element electro. Most recently Neil has been working with local jazz musicians in various outfits in and around Cape Town.