Gaudeamus Muziekweek – At Rasa
Ernst Reijseger – Cello
Mola Sylla – Vocals, M’bira, Xalam, Kongoma
Harmen Fraanje – Piano
This trio creates personal music, evoking strong reactions of audiences. Like spirituals maybe, played by an atheist, a vegetarian and a mussel man.The musicians all contribute with original compositions. Their different backgrounds and individual vocabulary connect miraculously natural.Reijseger, Fraanje and Sylla got to know each other well over the past years and shared many adventures, both as a performing trio as in other projects, such as film scores for Werner Herzog’s ‘My Son My Son What Have Ye Done’ and ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’. Playing together became addictive.
When producer Stefan Winter asked Reijseger what project he wanted to record next, Reijseger said: “This trio is it, because I have found, completely by coincidence, this great pianist and this angel of a singer, that make me play differently and vice versa times three. It is a living organism, this trio. Not a concept. In fact its concepts change all the time. New approaches occur and are recognized by its members. No democracy, but sensitive cooperation.”
The concerts and soon to be released live-to-two-track recording reflect this approach. The trio plays ‘readings’ of their material. This means that the form occurs while performing. No structure is set beforehand. The trio rehearses just options and practices in communicating musically. This clears the way for surprising music with heartfelt expression.
- Vernon Reid – guitar, vocals
- Corey Glover – lead vocal
- Will Calhoun – drums
- Doug Wimbish – bass, vocals
Living Colour is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1984. Stylistically, the band’s music is a creative fusion influenced by free jazz, funk, hip hop, hard rock, and heavy metal. Their lyrics range from the personal to the political, in some of the latter cases attacking Eurocentrism and racism in America.
Living Colour rose to fame with their debut album Vivid in 1988. Although the band scored a number of hits, they are best remembered for their signature song “Cult of Personality“, which won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1990. They were also named Best New Artist at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. After disbanding in 1995, Living Colour reunited in late 2000
At the Melkweg they celebrate the 25th anniversary of their hit debut album Vivid with a new reissue and a tour centered around the 1988 album.
Skip has been the prime mover behind Little Axe since around 1992. Under a name inspired by Bob Marley’s Small Axe and gospel singer Willmer ‘Little Ax’ Broadnax, the debut album Wolf That House Built was a personal take on blues and dub, and was released to critical acclaim in 1994. This had followed a partial release in Japan compiled in a slightly different form and with a different title (Never Turn Back) the previous year. The second Little Axe album, Slow Fuse, was also well received. Both albums featured tabla player Talvin Singh, for Slow Fuse the gifted voices of Kevin Gibbs and Sas Bell were added.
Then it remained silent for far too long. In 2002 Skip’s third Little Axe album Hard Grind became the first release for four years on Sherwood’s revived and re-launched On-U Sound label with a mixture of raw blues and reggae. While Hard Grind no doubt will also draw comparisons to Moby’s Play, it was Skip who pioneered the fusion of blues and electronic music with Little Axe.
In 2006 Skip McDonald released the fifth Little Axe album, Stone Cold Ohio, after Champagne and Grits (2004), the second record released on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records. This time the emphasis was on the gospel, another of Skip’s old loves. The production and mixing was done Adrian Sherwood; ‘gospel dub’ like you never heard before.