Corby's Orbit

Corby's Orbit
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Outstanding Astoundments: A September To Remember

David Crosby at Danforth Music Hall. Pipes intact and songs still strong and urgent.

Ruben Beny Esguerra at Lula Lounge with Adam Solomon on guitar. Multimedia intro with a promenade of Colombian dancers, kuisi solos, First Nations, ecological and social justice issues front and center in song and theme. The global hip hop culture show of the year.

Sienna Dahlen brings new release Ice Age Paradise to the Alliance Francais intact, with masterful accompanists Harley Card, Nick Fraser and Andrew Downing (behind music stand).

Marlon Williams and Julia Jacklin brought fresh gusts of fine tunes to T.U.R.F. from New Zealand, half a globe away.
Most inspiring music I heard at TURF was made by Sunday openers The Belle Game (below) from Vancouver, with razorblade vocals, perpendicular electronic effects and a direct transfer of charged emo current for the audience.

Francois Houle, Kenton Loewen Gord Grdina broke all the rules at Burdock in a swing debate that defeated the restrictions of the space/time continuum.

Jim Kweskin brought his accomplished fingerstyle playing, warm, avuncular vocals and a repertoire of impeccable class and charm to Hugh's Room. Empathetic backing from CFMA nom Lotus Wight and The Everlovin' Jug Band made the evening just glimmer.

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