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Something completely different and unusual tonight, but not that much of a stretch when you think about it. The celebrated percussionist Evelyn Glennie and the Progressive/avant-garde guitarist Fred Frith in collaboration at the 2013 Moers Festival in the Netherlands.
Neither Frith nor Glennie need very much of an introduction. They are legends in each of their respective fields – together, and collaborating in an atmosphere of improvisation may seem a little odd (Glennie, not to belabor the point, is deaf), and at first thought wouldn’t be a successful one. But they’ve collaborated before, their 2007 album The Sugar Factory was a clue this would be a success. And this appearance on stage gives ample proof these two worlds can meet and work together and make astounding things happen.
This is experimental music, based on a vast array of sounds, musical and percussive. Admittedly, it’s not for all tastes – and if you haven’t heard this sort of thing before, it takes a little getting used to. But this is atmospheric, spatial and all-engrossing – the hypnotic factor is undeniable. Approach it with open ears and open mind and you’ll be sucked in without any problem.
And maybe that’s exactly what’s needed for a Sunday night.
Turn it up and enjoy for the next 45 minutes and 10 seconds.