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July 08, 2005

Chick Corea in the Copenhagen Operahouse

Update: Bootleg of Dantas mbira solo uploaded. (Use Quicktime to listen).

One of the highlights of any Copenhagen summer is -- in addition to strawberries and elderflower lemonade -- the annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival, around this time for the 27th time.

Last year we were fortunate to get two of 50 tickets for the Montmartre Revival concert with classics Toots Thielemans, Albert 'Tootie' Heath, Johnny Griffin, Mads Vinding, Didier Lockwood, Lisa Nilsson, and Niels Lan Doky. The concert was recorded and is now showing in movie theatres amply titled "Between a Tear and a Smile."

This year we've had a hard time scheduling any concerts, but we managed to be at last night's concert with Chick Corea and his Touchstone band in the new National Opera. While an opera concert hall with room for 1.500 people is by no means an ideal locale for a jazz concert, it was a great experience.
The first set started with what could have been Chick Corea 20 years ago but quickly moved into more latin rythms, particularly powered by the presence of several of Paco de Lucia's former house musicians. The second set went absolutely wild, including a beautiful solo (mono bootleg recorded on cell phone) by percusionist Rubem Dantas on an mbira, the African thumb piano I remember as a central musical element from my childhood in Kenya (while my sisters would practice the piano, I'd try to keep up with them on my mbira). Towards the end Chick Corea managed to make the 1.500 audience purposeful by engaging it as a huge choir. Possibly a cheap show-trick, but extremely effectful.

I'm sorry that we missed so many other great concerts, but I'm happy to have once again been reminded of the magic of great musical performances.

Bonus link: PBS Kids has a great Thumb Piano site where you can play your own tunes.

Posted by Nikolaj Nyholm at July 8, 2005 05:13 PM

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Spændende site: DVD-venner. Men det er godt nok utroligt, at man i år 2005 stadig finder web-sites, der forventer, at man som besøgende oplyser, hvem man er, hvilke DVD man kan lide etc., og så overhovedet ikke selv siger noget som helst om, hvem der står bag web-sitet selvc. Udover det anføres, hvem der er redaktør. Det er for useriøst.

Posted by: Martin von Haller Grønbæk at July 10, 2005 12:02 PM

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