Gigs, dance, art


I’m not posting anything publicly these days, and I’m seriously thinking about moving the whole thing offline for good. Those notes were always meant for myself, making them public was first an oversight, then I thought it could be of some use, if only by putting up links to the pages of people who could use more exposure.

I’m rethinking all that. I’m afraid I know most of the people who read these posts, and if they think it’s just some self-aggrandizing endeavor, maybe that’s what is has become. At least there’s no rationale to keep it public, at least for music stuff.

Anyway there’s not much coming gig-wise, so I have plenty of time to rethink this. Maybe I’ll stick to dance, or just avoid posting about any gig featuring someone I know. Maybe I’ll change my mind tomorrow. Afrirampo called it quits recently, that got me thinking. I’m signing off for now.

July 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogging | 1 Comment

June 24th, 2010: TG / Napalm Jazz / Moliere / Damien Schultz / Centenaire


I liked the Centenaire opened their set, quite driven with a relentless rhythm and keyboard that was much to my liking. I’m definitely not fond of the voice, but that was nice. There were a couple other songs I liked too, but not so much the rest of the set, which was a little too mainstream pop/rock for me. Half is enough, though.

Damien Schultz had a new text, but it’s not really something to which I pay much attention. For me it’s all in the delivery and its rhythm, and the repeated phrase of that text was neat, and help but the rhythm in sharp relief. As good a performance as I’ve heard from him, which is saying something.

Moliere was another of these projects with a new name but featuring some of the usual suspects. They spent the set huddled in a corner, which avoided any antic to let the music stand on its own. It was less noisy and more immediately catchy than I expected, but pretty good and engaging as live music, nothing to sneeze at.

Napalm Jazz did the set that went the most to the usual noise side, though they were joined by Jac Pochat and Quentin Rollet, both on sax. They — especialy the former at first — brought a more melodic side to the performance without really mellowing it. Which is a good thing, and they merged well with the noise before fading and leaving both Napalm Jazz guys to conclude in a more noise vein. Nice set, but I could have used some more of the last part.

I thought the place would be a nice fit for TG and it was indeed a good set, and the first time I got to here his more beat-oriented side with a decent enough sound. What’s nice is that beyond the beats the noise is still there and there were several layers to that music, united in a set that was cohesive but not simple-minded.

July 6, 2010 Posted by | Music | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

June 21st, 2010: Olsou

Out of order post just to outline the confusion — yeah like I did that on purpose.

My usual music day routine is to walk around band scanning and not linger anywhere. This year I broke from that on seeing that Korean drum band near where I work. A real drum band usually gets my attention, especially on that day that seems dedicated to fumbling djembe handlers. When I came in they were sitting and the music was really good, at least as far as the drums were concerned. I wasn’t all that sold about the winds. Then there was a dance spell where the identity of the teacher was way too obvious. She stayed on later and that was much better, if still a little slow. Nothing wrong with that but not really appropriate there. I did write down their site, so maybe I can see her in a more suitable setting.

The drum band took over after that and they went walking around. They were nice but the constraint of remaining in that circle felt somewhat wrong.  None of their fault at all, they did great but seemed worth more space.

I gave up quickly on my band scanning after that, it just didn’t seem worth the trouble. I’ll try to check on Olsou again later instead.

July 3, 2010 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment

June 22nd, 2010: La Ligne Claire / Les Coupeurs de Têtes / Emmanuelle Gibello

@instants chavirés

I had heard this one before, so I knew what was coming and my take on it just is skewed because of that knowledge. The sound was much better but I guess that comes from Emmanuelle Gibello‘s choice to rework it even though it came at the expense of Diemo Schwarz‘ contribution. It felt shorter, especially in the Korean part of the trip. Maybe that was just me expecting a longer stay with them bells; it was a different take on it but there’s no arguing from me on the overall effect. What I lost in the Korean connection was made up for by the subway rush turning into waves. That part didn’t come up as well the first time.

Speaking of Diemo and CataRT, I wasn’t all that into his performance as part of Les Coupeurs de Têtes. Jac Pochat and Cyril Touzé seemed to be doing their thing on their own, with Diemo Schwarz picking it up later, but that lacked interaction and didn’t bring much over some regular loops. When Diemo switched to drums it all got much better and shared but it was just at the end and for me that just brought into sharper relief what had been wrong so far.

Another thing that was wrong was my missing Erick D’Orion‘s set while I was playing salesman for the station out there. I can be dumb that way. I went back in for La Ligne Claire, but something was off. No fault of theirs, they sounded better than I’ve ever heard them, but the laid-back setting seemed off for them. I’m always off the mark with them for some reason, hopefully next time I’ll hear them in the right place at the right time and in the right frame of mind. It still sounded a little mundane for me, but I think they’re very close to getting great. I think they’re a little sprinkling of weirdness away from getting Chocolat Billy great.

July 3, 2010 Posted by | Music | , , , | Leave a comment