Posts Tagged ‘musica’

Augusto Báez Trio

December 2, 2016

Augusto Báez Trio en concierto en Teatro Timanfaya en Puerto de la Cruz en Tenerife.

I am no great fan of jazz, I find all sounds tbe same.  But having said that, I have enjoyed jazz at Bambi Apartments and at Abaco, where some great musicians have played.

Tonight was beyond boring, it eas awful.  It was mush that all sounded the same.

When David Gilmour plays, one can at least tell what he is playing.  Not though tonight.

The sound quality was poor, as was the sound balance. It is not often a guitar drowns out the bass. It is usually the other way around.

A grave disappoint compared with ST Fusion of last week.

ST Fusion en concierto en Teatro Timanfaya

November 25, 2016

It is not often one finds a Japanese jazz pianist and vocalist in a jazz quartet.

Adding to the line up guys on bass and guitar and percussion.

Very avante gard.

Highlight was Japanese pianist Satomi Morimoto on  piano and vocals with her own compositions.

Concert was part of Atlantic Jazz-Lab season at Teatro Timanfaya.

I was reminded of Canterbury Scene in the early  1970s.

Several albums on sale not only by ST Fusion but also by members of the quartet.

I picked up a copy of ST Fusion 3, which Satomi Morimoto kindly signed.

It is important they also release on bandcamp.

Flamenco Puro

November 23, 2016

March last year at a fiesta, Festa de San Xosé, in Santigo de Compostela I saw incredible flamenco.

Flamenco Puro at Teatro Timanfaya en Puerto de la Cruz had a very hard act to follow.

Flamenco Puro succeeded.  They were not better, they were different.

Well done Monica, theatre director, for once again putting on an excellent show.

Contrary to the name, this was not pure flamenco, more a musical performance. But then maybe flamenca is more than dance.

Started with a lone guitarist, followed by a singer, followed by another singer. They then provided the backing for the dancers who came on next.

Thrilling dancing, including stunning solo performances.

Dance went beyond classical flamenco. Was this modern flamenco?

Tonight was an extra performance.  Thursday night will be last night.

Near to Christmas there will be special performance.  Maybe February next year, a new season.

Pieles

March 10, 2016

Canto al trabajo

Pieles

Pieles

¡Increíble anoche en Teatro Timanfaya!

I am lost for words. The audience were transfixed.

A man walks on in the darkness, sharpening a knife on a grindstone, squeak, squeak. He is joined by two women either side, washing clothes in a tub, slap, slap, a rhythm is built up, musicians join in, one of the women breaks into song.

Three incredible vocalists, guys on percussion, guy on double bass, guy on cello, another guy on keyboard.

Percussion three large drums, to which we were treated to amazing drumming session, seeds, banging in a tub and hollowed out tree trunk.

Music appears to be Arabic, slowly changes, at times jazz, at the end, African, if they could, the audience would have been on their feet dancing.

Based upon traditional work in the Canary Islands, and set to a back drop of ever changing Canarians carrying out their traditional work.

We were even treated to the whistle used to communicate, as travels further than voice in the mountains.

Congratulations to the artistic director, to the musicians, the sound engineer, the lighting engineer, and the theatre director Monica for hosting this amazing musical spectacular.

Pieles, a must see Wednesday night at Teatro Timanfaya.

Why do the hotels promote tourist crap as so-called entertainment, when there are cultural events worth attending?

Pieles is not available on DVD or youtube or vimeo, simply because it is a musical spectacular that must be seen live. There is the possibility the music may be uploaded to bandcamp and available on CD.

A neat touch, the musicians lined up to greet as people left the auditorium.

Lagrimas Negras

August 9, 2015

Lagrimas Negras from the film Cuba Feliz.

MOM

March 15, 2015
MOM

MOM

MOM have now released their new CD.

Here playing outside La Iglesia.

They can also be found playing outside Agora.

Cuarteto Capriccio en Concierto en Abaco

March 9, 2015
Cuarteto Capriccio en Concierto en Abaco

Cuarteto Capriccio en Concierto en Abaco

Sunday evening, string quartet Cuarteto Capriccio in concert in the salon of Abaco, a Canarian mansion.

They played with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

It would be great to see them play Jimi Hendrix All Along the Watchtower or Purple Haze or both, as an encore.

We arrived, to be asked did we have a reservation? To which we replied no. Sorry, we are full. But luckily we were allowed in, room was found for us.

Over a 100 people at ten euros a head.

Abaco need to be a little more adventurous.

Salon at Abaco would be an excellent venue for singer-songwriter Jewelia.

Following the concert, excellent dinner at Meson Los Gemelos.

We could have eaten in the restaurant at Abaca, but it is very expensive and the quality not good. No surprise it was all but empty, even though the concert was full.

Concierto de saxofones en el Teatro Timanfaya

March 1, 2015
Teatro Timanfaya matinee concerts

Teatro Timanfaya matinee concerts

Cuarteto de Saxofones Iarmolo

Cuarteto de Saxofones Iarmolo

Cuarteto de Saxofones Iarmolo en concierto en el Teatro Timanfaya.

A midday concert at Teatro Timanfaya. Surprisingly for a concert in the middle of the day on a pleasant day, was full, or almost full.

A concert with all the same instruments, music transposed to instruments for which it was not written, tends not to work, and that was very much the case with Cuarteto de Saxofones Iarmolo.

It was like a brass band with most of the instruments missing. Indeed they would have been better playing in a bandstand out in the open air, or in Plaza Charco.

Two pieces by Astor Piazzolla, failed to capture the mood of Astor Piazzolla, worse still, murdered Astor Piazzolla and it was torture to listen to.

Contrast with Nothing Can Prepare, Steve Lawson on bass and Andy Williamson on sax.

I love the way the sax appears from the back of the church and slowly meanders to the front and the use of the acoustics of the church.

Many, many years ago, sometime late 1960s, early 1970s, I heard an amazing album, it was a saxophone recorded in Grace Cathedral, making use of echo in the cathedral. I still have it somewhere on reel-to-reel tape. Sadly I have never been able to find it on the net.

I mention this unknown album, as Believe In Peace by Steve Lawson brings back fond memories. The difference being Steve Lawson uses a bass guitar and tape loops. A pity he did not make use of a building as Gregory Paul did with The Fremont Abbey Session.

Concierto de jazz en Teatro Timanfaya

February 27, 2015
concierto de jazz en Teatro Timanfaya

concierto de jazz en Teatro Timanfaya

Dusan Anastasijevich

Dusan Anastasijevich

Excellent concert with Dusan Anastasijevich.

I am no fan of jazz, I find boring, but this was anything but boring.

A long piece, form of a sonata, improvisation. Influence of Scriven, jazz, snippets of Autumn Leaves, then variants of.

Followed by two shorter pieces. Followed by honky tonk encore.

Enchanting.

Wonderful sounding piano played by a very talented pianist.

More’s the pity only an hour as over all too soon.

Also a pity not recorded live, then mixed, mastered and uploaded to bandcamp. Could be a series of recordings, En Vivo en Teatro Timanfaya, shared 50:50 with artist and Teatro Timanfaya.

Trio Bohemio

February 22, 2015
Abaco

Abaco

Trio Bohemio

Trio Bohemio

Trio Bohemio en vivo en Abaco.

Soprano/piano, soprano, bass/piano.

A case of musical chairs.

Each concert I go to, worse than previous.

Terrible.

Never before seen an audience with a look of misery on their faces. Of course it could have been rapt attention, but I think not.

As an encore, murdered Gershwin.

Restaurant at Abaco expensive and the food not good.

Abaco used to be excellent for live music, but has gone downhill.

Abaco a restored Canarian mansion on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz overlooking the town.