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March 31st, 2011: Silencers

@instants chavirés

Silencers features Benoît Delbecq, Toma Gouband, Kim Myhr and Nils Ostendorf. I almost didn’t go, and I was afraid they would live up to their name and be too minimal for me. But it wasn’t that way — though pretty quiet — and I’m glad I didn’t give in to my misgivings.

I’m partial to prepared piano, and Delbecq had some great wooden sounds, so that alone would have been enough. I’m also partial to zither, and I’m glad to have had a better impression of Kim Myhr in a live setting — though I didn’t like some of his guitar playing. I liked some of what I could hear from Gouband, but I knew even then that I was missing a lot. I didn’t like Ostendorf’s play in the first set — too much of what I expected — but I liked the second set better.

I’ve been told the performance was much better from closer or on headphones, because their music includes a lot of tiny details that matter, but just didn’t carry. I can certainly believe that. But it was already good enough for me not to regret coming, so that’s still something.

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April 3, 2011 - Posted by | Music | , , , ,

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