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Monday, January 25, 2016

PARIS-SUR-TYNE @ The Lit and Phil January 24 (Evening Session)

Théo Ceccaldi (violin); Valentin Ceccaldi (cello); Guillaume Aknine (guitar); Corey Mwamba (vibes); Roberto Negro (piano); Xavier Camarasa (piano); Andy Champion (bass); Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums)
(Review by Steve H - photos to follow) 
The evening got off to a great start with the duet Babies featuring Roberto Negro on piano and Théo Ceccaldi on violin. A riveting piece of almost contemporary classical music which reminded me very much of Bela Bartok. Negro almost attacked the inside of the piano as much as the conventional method of striking the keys.
This was followed by the numerically challenged Milesdavisquintet which in fact was a trio comprising of Xavier Camarasa (piano) Valentin Ceccaldi (cello), and Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums)!  I would sum up the style as ‘Acoustic Industrial Techno Jazz ‘as the band took us from the musical equivalent of ‘The Spinning Jenny’ through to ‘The Large Hadron Collider’. Once again the piano took a fair bit of a battering and not to be outdone the cello also seemed to come under attack from the back of Ceccaldi’s bow. Various members in the audience quivered with anxiety for the well-being of the instruments but it all added to a wonderfully exhilarating set.
Sonsale is an Anglo French conglomeration who came together a couple of years ago. From this side of the channel we had Corey Mwamba (vibes, pipes, screams) and Andy Champion (bass) and from La Manche, Valentin Ceccaldi (cello), and Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums). The band produced a primal symphonic set with wonderful vocal outbursts from Corey Mwamba to keep everyone on their toes.
The finale couldn’t be anything other than a Ménage à Huit as all 8 musicians came together for one magnificent orchestral mash up.
Steve.

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