Gigs, dance, art

June 15th, 2010: Keiji Haino – Eric Cordier

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Keiji Haino again. Well I like his music a lot, and he does so many things I think he could play several days in a row without repeating himself all that much. And he was joined by Eric Cordier playing hurdy gurdy, and that sounded very interesting. And it was, at least when I could hear what he was doing, because most of the time Keiji Haino was so loud that he was too often reduced to a drone.

So I quickly took the set as almost a solo act, but it was a great one. Well over two hours long, it featured many facets of his music, mainly on the loud side. He played guitar most of the time, but he also used electronics and used his voice in many ways and ranges — unlike the previous show where he stuck to higher notes. He even concluded the set with what I think were covers, though he makes these songs to totally his that there’s just a few words or a chord progression that somehow ring a bell, and calling these covers is highly misleading.

As a solo set, it would have been great, but I think Eric Cordier made it even better, despite his being almost drowned out too often, because what I did hear made brought depth to the music. And the beginning of the set saw them create beautiful sound landscapes that would have been well worth hearing had the show stayed there. It didn’t, and I don’t regret that embarrassment of riches at all. Hopefully I’ll get another opportunity to actually hear more of that hurdy gurdy sometime.

June 21, 2010 Posted by | Music | , , | Leave a comment

June 13th, 2010: Keiji Haino – Makoto Kawabata – Jean-François Pauvros


I had some misgivings about that show; these three are talented, but there’s always the ego issue to consider when those kind of personalities meet. At first I thought those fears were stop on: Makoto Kawabata and Jean-François Pauvros were bowing their guitars and Keiji Haino was playing on his own. The first two have played together several times in the past, and that 2+1 setup was just what I thought might happen.

But they seemed to find some common ground later when they played louder, and the set took off. Though I kept feeling that Keiji Haino was still a little more apart. Then again, he’s the one I like best of the three and am the most familiar with, so that might have been just me focusing on him. The second set started louder and faster than the first, other than that it was quite consistent with it. I liked Pauvros better in that set than in the first, maybe I just paid more attention.

It worked better than I feared it would, but still it wasn’t the meeting it might have been. I had the feeling they found some workable compromise to play together and pretty much stuck with it, with occasional individual forays that didn’t stray all that much, and weren’t really seized as an invitation for more by the others. It was nice, but still not what I know these guys can do.

June 21, 2010 Posted by | Music | , , , | Leave a comment