Archive for the 'FuseLeeds' Category

Julia Sarr

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

Julia was Salif Keita’s support act. Incredible technique with the voice of an angel. Every cell of her entire body went into her performance, it’s great when you watch a musician who has the ability to enter the moment so effectively.

Salif Keita

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

A Malian legend, there was quite a buzz around this sold-out concert. I was only allowed to shoot from the wings which was a challenge… most of the photos here are taken with a 1.4x converter attached to my 70-200mm lens.
I personally wasn’t that impressed with the music at first, although the crew backstage were blown away. After a while I got into the groove of the music, which was like being wrapped in a cosy duvet.

Arve Henriksen

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Another concert from the Fuse Leeds festival.
I’m a huge fan of Henriksen, and this gig absolutely blew me away. It’s definitely in my top5 ‘most amazing gigs I’ve seen’ list.
Henriksen is best known for making his trumpet sound like a Japanese bamboo flute… not only all the inflexions are there but the spirit is spot-on. Through the concert, musical boundaries were constantly crossed though different nations (Japanese, Mongolian, Armenian), but also from pentatonic through classical avant-garde, through electronic and traditional diatonic.
Henriksen made use of electronics, looping and triggering pre-recorded samples simultaneously while performing which worked well and was never self-indulgent.
He also sang in many different styles, and my highlight was a piece where he sang in a Mongolian style with a deep undertone. This can come across as a clever trick when western performers show this off, but it was done with such spirit that I felt my heart was being ripped out of my body! Anyway, enough praise, on with the photos.
I was lucky enough to have access to Henriksen’s warm-up so I could take photos without worrying about disturbing anybody. The beautifully lit Leeds Parish Church was a great choice for this spiritually inspirational gig.

Kanda Bongo Man on stage

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

What a fantastic gig this was, when I left I realised just how much this gig had chilled me out and allowed me to drop all my usual day-to-day worries and cares.
Kanda was a great presence on stage, but when the dancers came on and gyrated everywhere, phew it was hot.