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Sunday, October 02, 2016

Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet @ The Globe Jazz Bar - October 1










Asaf Sirkis (dms/konnakol); Sylwia Bialas (voice); Frank Harrison (pno); Kevin Glasgow (bs gtr).
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
One of the most interesting gigs I've been to for awhile. How could it not be with four such accomplished performers? Sirkis is, not only a dynamic drummer, he is also a master of the  art of performing percussion syllables vocally in the South Indian music form known as Konnakol. This he demonstrated at length with a display of dexterity - both hand wise and vocal wise.
Bialas' voice is quite incredible with a vast range and fullness of tone. However, singing in her native Polish meant that the lyrics were meaningless to those of us who weren't multi-lingual! But you could, I suppose, say the same about Italian opera or, come to that, scatting!
Frank Harrison was superb on keys - it's been a good weekend for the  unrelated Harrisons! James on Friday lunchtime, Tom on Friday night and now Frank. I guess that when the ancient Harrisons began begatting there was a lot of music in the air!
Kevin Glasgow wielded a six string bass guitar that, when soloing at the top end of the fretboard, sounded almost cello-like.
The well-attended room, many of whom had been at the afternoon workshop, showed their approval throughout with rapturous applause although there were a couple who found the volume outside of their comfort zone.
As I said at the beginning - interesting.
Lance.

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