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The Mahasvanah Trio, at the Vortex 27/6/07

Posted June 28, 2007

The Mahasvanah Trio

The Mahasvanah Trio, at the Vortex 27/6/07 » Jon Wilkinson (guitar), Tony Bianco (drums), Julian Siegel (soprano/tenor sax, bass clarinet) «

Julian Siegel was depping for Paul Dunmall, who was unavailable (and apparently flooded out). The trio is described in the Vortex leaflet as “a concept orientated improvising trio using the drum as an arkestra … reminding one … of the Indian drone”. Basically Tony Bianco fired away with a rattling, droning drum line, while Siegel improvised around on top. The drums were a bit like Rashied Ali on Interstellar Space, or Isis and Osiris with Alice Coltrane… Pretty mesmerising, hypnotic. Siegel played both saxes and bass clarinet, while Jon Wilkinson—whose sound was a little overwhelmed in the mix—played interference patterns on electric guitar.

They played a first set for something like an hour, continuously, and then a second for something like closer to twenty-five minutes; Siegel played the first on tenor and bass clarinet, playing moving (shifting) lines that seemed to want to play something specifically tuneful. For the second half (much on soprano) he played more abstractly, in sorts of rhythmic changes (again not unlike Interstellar Space) and in this sense the horns and drums fit together more seamlessly. Throughout, Siegel and Bianco would fade in and out, coming together every so often to create something extra-ordinary… only to move off again, and allow the audience and themselves to become hypnotised purely by their own polyrhythms and pulse.


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3 Responses to “The Mahasvanah Trio, at the Vortex 27/6/07”


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GravatarAndy said:

#1 (on 2/2/2007 at 11:04 pm )

Good review. I did find myself thinking how much better it would have been with Dunmall on the horns for much of the evening – Siegel seemed a little lost at times. I think we must sit close to each other at a lot of these gigs :

http://www.flickr.com/photos/92523880@N00/sets/72157600610071888/

See you at the Moholo gig…. :-)


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GravatarMatt said:

#2 (on 2/2/2007 at 11:16 pm )

I did find myself thinking how much better it would have been with Dunmall on the horns for much of the evening – Siegel seemed a little lost at times.

Actually it was only really the fact that Dunmall was going to be playing that I went along (not having ever seen him before).

I think we must sit close to each other at a lot of these gigs :

http://www.flickr.com/photos/92523880@N00/sets/72157600610071888/

Heh, they’re nice photos… Mine are crap. Esp the one for the Mahasvanah Trio. Should have moved somewhere else, but I feel like a berk taking my camera out… Mind if I post a link?

See you at the Moholo gig…. :-)

… Yep ;)


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GravatarAndy said:

#3 (on 13/2/2007 at 11:32 pm )

Yeah, I know what you mean – I really hate photographers who get in the way at gigs, and I always worry about distracting people, but hopefully I manage to stay as inconspicuous as posible. Feel free to link to anything of mine.

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