Gigs, dance, art

October 31st, 2008: Keiji Haino / Bishi / Internet 2

@centre pompidou

Final day of the in famous carousel. I only went to half the shows this year, there’s just been too much going out all around. Which is not a bad thing. There were videos before and between the sets, but more about that later.

The first set was Internet 2, which seems to be a musical project of a quite busy guy. Though he did use a clarinet at times, the main instrument were pad laid out on the floor like piano keys, and he would step, dance or jump or these to trigger samples. The music had a toyish feel at times that was nice, but the visual component was a bit too much for me, and I tuned out complety when he brought people on stage at the end.

Then Bishi. Not my quite of music at all, and I didn’t like it. To each his own. It’s always worth giving it a try.

I was there first and foremost for Keiji Haino. Even though this voice facet is not my favorite of his, he’s such a charismatic performer than I just had to go. I thought the start of the set was too monodimensional. He started standing with long high notes, then sat on a chair then on the ground, going deeper with each change. A short venture into noise territory without voice got my full attention back, and then he went back to voice only, but this time layering different loops and sounds, going through all he had done earlier and much more. Gone was the steadiness of the beginning, and this was much more to my liking. Rumblings, loud whispers, screams and more piled up on each other that had people leaving plugging their ears but had me on the edge of my seat with a big smile on my face. Not my favorite show of his by any measure, but worth it, as usual.


November 1, 2008 - Posted by | Music | , , , ,

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