donderdag 20 oktober 2011
E-Live Festival 2011
Time flies, having in mind I gave my last concert half a year ago at the same location, during the E-Day Festival.
The event was completely sold out and besides the familiar faces I’ve also met a lot of people for the first time!
In between the concerts I’ve had a busy time at my stall, and actually didn’t have time to see Matzumi’s concert. I’ve already witnessed her first concert ever at the Garten Party in Hamm, last year, where we also jammed together with MorPheusz.
I did see a part of René van der Wouden’s first (of three) set, which contained very nice Berliner Schule-like music, and depending on the amount of people in the hall (full house) a lot of others appreciated his music too!
It was very clear these guys played more than once together, and besides that, they were also having a lot of fun on stage!
The very nice music combined with the nice stage lights and smoke created an excellent mystic atmosphere.
Eric’s perfectionism could be noticed during the concert; well-chosen sounds, and thought-out compositions and melodies made the concert a pleasure to witness!
While the overall-feeling and musical creations reminded me mostly of grand-master Vangelis, the encore (which actually was the only Berlin School-like track of Eric’s performance) made a very nice bridge to the next concert to come, in the end receiving a well-deserved standing ovation of the audience.
Shortly before the start it was announced that the concert was going to be performed in two parts, containing an intermission. As a result of this the show ended around 0:15 AM instead of the planned 23:00 PM. People from all over the world (even from U.S.A., Russia and Japan) came over to witness the unique performance of Johannes Schmoelling, Jerome Froese and Robert Waters, aka Loom.
Ron Boots, organiser of the festival (who made an excellent decision to get these guys to Theater De Enck), simply announced this act as: "Ladies and gentlemen: ..... Loom", just to avoid any references with
Tangerine Dream or any of the artist’s solo careers.
After these fine tracks, Johannes told shortly about the establishment of Loom, he introduced the musicians, and he explained Jerome was a little bit compromised, because pain in his right leg.
The show would continue with more songs from Jerome, Johannes and Tangerine Dream, to continue with "Going West" from the 80's movie "Flashpoint".
The next tracks followed with a constant high quality: Schmoelling's "Matjora Is Still Alive", Froese's "A Room In The House Closed To The Public" and another two Schmoelling tracks, "A Long Way Home" and
"Abacus", continued by a collaboration of Jerome and Johannes (which appears on Jerome's third solo album), "Crystal Red". Loom left the stage for the intermission, receiving a loud applause.
"Towards The Evening Star" (which is one of my favourite TD-pieces after they went into a (let’s say it respectfully) 'different' direction, early 90’s) continued the show, with all musicians on stage again.
Hereafter Schmoelling's "Rise Of The Smooth Automation" and Froese's "My Reality At 52 Degrees Of Latitude" and "Cartoony Universe" were played. Tangerine Dream's "White Eagle" (which was accompanied with unique images of Tangerine Dream, showing a young Peter Baumann, Edgar and Jerome Froese) and "Beach Theme" continued the extremely constant show, after which the musicians left the stage, to re-appear after the loud applaus and yelling of the audience!
Then it was time for the encores!
Jerome Froese's "A Mellow Morning", followed by the title track of Johannes Schmoelling's latest album, "Time And Tide".
While a large amount of people already started to leave the hall after the last track, the three musicians re-entered the stage once more to perform the energetic Tangerine Dream track "Choronzon".
After more than two hours of music there came an end to the fabulous show!
Although the concert didn't contain tracks which were better than others, it maintained a constant high quality during the complete show. No exceptions!
Where Johannes Schmoelling seemed to be the most significant member, the tasks within the band seemed to be very clear: Robert Waters managing the sequencing and background parts, Jerome Froese playing all guitar parts, including solos, and Johannes Schmoelling playing all melodies and solos, making a lot of use of his Roland Jupiter 8. Although all music was prepared and thought out, each track remained spontaneously and refreshing.
Conclusion: Loom’s concert was a very unique experience, and in my opinion it was the most special concert I’ve ever witnessed during my presence at the past E-Live and E-Day Festivals.
The variation of old and completely new tracks (which actually couldn’t be exceeded by means of sound quality - which was exactly the way they wanted to have it sound like, according to Robert Waters) and material from the individual artists, as well as Tangerine Dream classics, worked out excellent.
The high-level performance, exposing the skills and professionality of the three musicians, in combination with their experience and significance in the music scene, and the chemistry that they had together, made it all complete.
Keeping in mind that this kind of musical experience doesn’t happen very much (read: something really very special happened - which I actually can't describe, but can only be confirmed by those who were there), I am really wondering how many of the present people have really noticed how significant this concert was for the current electronic music scene!