Tales From the Bitface (Posts about youssou n’dour)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:57:47 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssYoussou N’Dour, Philip Glass, The Kronos Quartet, and Bela Lugosihttps://devilgate.org/blog/2010/07/29/youssou-ndour-philip-glass-the-kronos-quartet-and-bela-lugosi/Martin McCallion<div><p></p><p>Most, but not all of them at one event.</p> <h4>Jamaica and Senegal Make Music</h4> <p>A couple of weeks ago we went to the Barbican to see <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youssou_N%27Dour”>Youssou N’Dour</a>. In support were an acoustic reggae band called <a href=”http://www.makasound.com/ms_boutique.php?id_famille=2&amp;id_rubrique=45”>Inna da Yard</a>. They were fabulous fun, and reminded me that I’ve been missing out on reggae since John Peel died.</p> <p>Youssou and his band were amazing. They had more percussionists on stage than most bands have members (five, counting the drummer), which amused me.</p> <p>The total number of musicians on stage was about sixteen. Plus they had a couple of amazing dancers.</p> <p>And the professionals weren’t the only ones dancing on the stage. Several times members of the audience got up and joined in. Yes, a veritable stage invasion in the Barbican. The security people looked vaguely worried; I didn’t know the Barbican even <em>had</em> security.</p> <p>I won’t try to <a href=”http://www.paclink.com/~ascott/they/tamildaa.htm”>dance about architecture</a> and describe the music, but let’s just say it was the rockingest gig I’ve been to at that venue.</p> <h4>The Glass Eye</h4> <p>A few days later it was off to the Hackney Empire, where we saw the original 1931 <cite>Dracula</cite>, with a live soundtrack. Which was composed by <a href=”http://www.philipglass.com/”>Philip Glass</a>, and performed by him, Michael Riesman, and <a href=”http://www.kronosquartet.org/”>The Kronos Quartet</a>. That’s a pretty stellar lineup from the modern classical world.</p> <p>I had at first thought that the film was silent, but it isn’t (I think I was confusing it with <cite>Nosferatu</cite>). Apparently it didn’t originally have a musical soundtrack, though.</p> <p>While it’s clear that the film is the origin (or <em>an</em> origin) of many horror film clichés, and the story is of course very familiar, I don’t think I had ever seen it before — though I thought I had.</p> <p>I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing, though the film volume could have done with being louder, as the music drowned out the dialogue at times. And on a related note, I’m not convinced that the music was always only there to serve the film, as a true soundtrack should be.</p> <p>But all in all a fascinating night. </p></div>barbicandraculafilmshackney empiremusicphilip glassyoussou n’dourhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2010/07/29/youssou-ndour-philip-glass-the-kronos-quartet-and-bela-lugosi/Wed, 28 Jul 2010 23:39:38 GMT