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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Sleepthief @ Sage Gateshead - April 29

Ingrid Laubrock (saxophones); Liam Noble (piano); Tom Rainey (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
Sage Gateshead was packed last Saturday night although to be honest I think most of the concertgoers had come to see The Royal Northern Sinfonia play ‘Queen’ in Hall 1 rather than Sleepthief in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall. However, those that choose the smaller venue were richly rewarded. This international trio has been playing on and off together since 2007 and it was evident from Saturday night how comfortable they are in one another’s company.

Laubrock, German born, now living in the US, has appeared on Tyneside several times over the past few years but this was the first time the Sleepthief trio had performed in the North East. What a treat it turned out to be - improvisation of the most fascinating nature performed by 3 absolutely wonderful musicians. The nuances and the ebb and flow of the interactions between them was a joy to behold. At times things were relaxed and gentle then spontaneously the band would erupt into an inferno of sound.
Noble played the Steinway both inside and out whilst Laubrock flipped seamlessly form tenor to soprano. Not be outdone Rainey aside from his superlative drumming incorporated everyday objects such as paper bags and a plastic water bottle to add great percussive effect.
We may not have got Bohemian Rhapsody or for that matter even Rhapsody in Blue but wcertainly got a kind of magic.     

Steve H.

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