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“Ooh La La were perfect in setting the scene and were enjoyed by all.”
- Woolworths via Five Seasons

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Thank you so much for playing so beautifully and for creating such a romantic vibe on our wedding day. It was perfect! - Lindsay and Eric

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How to have a rocking party: Engage Playing with Fire to establish the ultimate tone of celebration and festivity! - Karen Dudley

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Thank you for your wonderful music yesterday, everyone really enjoyed it, especially my parents! - Sasha Bearman

Thank you for visiting my website, the home of PLAYING WITH FIRE. I’m Matthew Reid and music is my passion. I choose to express myself in many musical genres: classical, light jazz, Mediterranean, Gypsy, Balkan and Klezmer. Gorgeous Cape Town offers me opportunities to explore them all!

Playing with Fire is both a collective of musicians and also an agency devoted to promoting music in Cape Town. As a collective, Playing with Fire offers a wide variety of ensembles for social functions, and as an agency it arranges musical acts for two monthly concert series in the city: Christ Church Concerts in Constantia and The Academy of St Andrews in Green Point.

Playing with Fire offers a

1. French/Mediterranean ensemble “Ooh La La” (2 – 4 musicians)
2. Jazz Duo/Trio
3. Balkan Band (3 – 6 musicians)
4. Klezmer Band (3 – 6 musicians)
5. Solo Saxophone with backing tracks

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“We loved ‘Playing with Fire’ and will think of you all fondly for many years to come!”

Suzanne and Avital

We had the most amazing feedback from the guests – your music was just so beautiful and personal… not sure if that description is clear, but I just felt like your music painted such a beautiful intimate picture for our wedding with all our loved ones. Thank you so so much!

Vaughan and Nerine

“What can I say…You were all fantastic. We had a wonderful time. It was exactly what I was hoping for.”

Brett Murray

“Wow! Thank you so much: you set the tone for a fabulous party! ”

Marianna Furman

“How to have a rocking party: Engage Playing with Fire to establish the ultimate tone of celebration and festivity!”

Karen Dudley

“From both Nick and I, THANK YOU for making our wedding so very special. We have received TONS of compliments about your music. You made the walk-down and drinks so FUN and really created the ‘vibe’ we wanted for our wedding. Thank you.”

Dr. Daniella Mark

“I thought the music was perfect and gave the start of the party such a nice vibe.”

Tanja Truscott

“Your music made the day, I think. My dad is a huge clarinet fan and you (all) bowled him over.”

Marie Viljoen

“Thank you so much for playing so beautifully and for creating such a romantic vibe on our wedding day. It was perfect!”

Lindsay and Eric

“Thank you ……. for beautiful music which was absolutely perfect for that occasion. It could not have been improved upon and I’m so delighted that I chose the Jazz Trio. What’s more, I didn’t even consult the birthday boy as I knew he would love it. We were not alone in appreciating your music – our guests enjoyed it as much as we did.”

Maureen

“Thank you so much for your great performance for Elize’s 60th – they enjoyed it so much, and your music created a great atmosphere!”

Elizabeth de Klerk

“Thank you for your wonderful music yesterday, everyone really enjoyed it, especially my parents!”

Sasha Bearman

“You guys were amazing!”

Tessa and Anton

“Ooh La La were perfect in setting the scene and were enjoyed by all.”

Woolworths via Five Seasons

“Thank you for the wonderful contribution you and your group made to our party. The music was fantastic and added a real celebratory atmosphere. Lots of people remarked that they loved the music and I certainly did.”

Rolfe Eberhard

“A very belated note to thank you and your band for doing such an amazing job at our wedding. A number of people have come up to us saying you guys were great. So a big thanks from Justine and myself for such an excellent performance.”

Sam Choritz

“Thank you so much – it was fabulous!”

Natalie Barnett
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