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Sunday, September 02, 2018

Sirkis-Bialas International Quartet @ The Globe

Silwia Bialas (voice/bowed 'thingy'); Asaf Sirkis (drums); Frank Harrison (keys); Kevin Glasgow (bass guitar).
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
A crowded upstairs Jazz Bar.
Wylam Brewery's Golden Ale on tap.
An incredible drummer.
A melodic bass guitarist.
An impressive keyboard player.
A voice that encompassed a range most contraltos can only dream about.
Melody, Harmony and Rhythm ever present in varying degrees.
It was compulsive.
It was intense.
Even the wordless vocals had a poetic quality about them.
So, having ticked all the above boxes, why didn't I stay for the second set?
I don't know.
Perhaps I was still under the spell of the majestic splendour of last weekend's Ushaw Festival.
Maybe the funky soul of Gerry R and the E-Types at Hoochie on Thursday had moved the goal posts.
Was I looking forward too much to hearing Bruce Adams at Darlo tomorrow (Sunday, Sept. 2)?
The ethnic diversity of the material? 
Or was I just punching above my weight?
Still, it was good for JNE and the Jazz Coop to have such a large turnout and my departure at least allowed someone else to have a seat (I should have auctioned it!)
One of our reviewers didn't make it. Texted and said, "Too tired after the afternoon workshop."
That must have been some workshop!
Lance.

1 comment :

Ken Drew (on F/b). said...

That 'thingy' which Sylwia played is a Waterphone - Charlie Collins played one at The Bridge a while back and Wiki gives a good idea of how it came into use. Nice to see one again !!

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