By Martin Schray
The heat games, part two. Yesterday we already mentioned how hot it is in Berlin and that it was hard to follow the opening concerts in a packed venue without any air-conditioning. The temperature was certainly around 50° C. While the first day’s concerts took place in the Hall, the first concert yesterday was on in the Saloon - where it was even hotter.
|Andrea Belfi on drums and synthesizer and Valerio Tricoli on Revox B 77|
|Emilio Gordoa (vibraphone), Dag Magnus Narvesen (drums), John Edwards (bass), Don Malfon (saxes)|
“It’s not about power structures, nothing like that. It’s about consciousness and allowing yourself to be open to things, to love them,” Laurie Anderson said in an interview. It’s like a definition of improvised music and after three acts that focused on electronics it was time for some free jazz. And Emilio Gordoa (vibraphone), Don Malfon (saxes), John Edwards (bass), Dag Magnus Narvesen (drums) really provided it - with everything that’s so great about that music. Gordoa used an all-over-approach as to his instrument (like Barry Guy with his bass), Narvesen played like a rampant Tony Oxley, Malfon was reminiscent of John Butcher and John Edwards was just being John Edwards - the most imaginative and most creative bass player around these days. The quartet showed that the day’s motto was dynamics and structure. While Księżyc chose a rather monotonous approach, this band was much more versatile. Gordoa downright attacked his instrument with a violin bow, bottles, tension belts and little motors, Edwards was strumming his bass relentlessly and Malfon and Narvesen just added fuel to the flames. From one second to the other the quartet was able to contrast these exuberant free jazz rides with super-slow contemplative sound explorations. Here the band concentrated on very sublime patterns, finely chiseled motives, and a subtle handling of silence. There were lots of almost magical moments in this set, it was just fun to see how Edwards organized the tempo and how Gordoa and Narvesen watched and rooted for each other. After the acts before this had an almost cathartic effect, the audience really freaked out at the end of the set.
|Paal Nilssen-Love’s Large Unit Rio|