Concert mini-reviews: Rodolphe Lauretta trio, Sigur Rós, Pascal Fricke

While the Ceramic Dog concerts were the major musical focus of my week in Europe, I did see several other live music performances while I was there.

On our last night in Paris, my traveling companion found a very cool little jazz club near the Bastille called Les Disquaires. We didn’t know much about the performers, but it was a free show and we figured we couldn’t go too far wrong. We ended up being very pleasantly surprised! The band in question was the Rodolphe Lauretta trio (Lauretta on alto sax; Damien Varaillon on bass; Ariel Tessier on drums) with guest musician Renaud Gensane on trumpet. I had a really nice evening drinking wine and listening to this quality jazz band. My friend Moritz Bichler had his camera with him, to give you an idea of the intimate atmosphere of the club:

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The following day, we took a train up to Amsterdam, and within a couple of hours of arrival I was in my friend Rune’s car heading towards the Heineken Music Hall on the outskirts of the city to see Sigur Rós. I liked the venue more than I was expecting – since corporate sponsorship isn’t usually a good sign, and some of my Dutch friends aren’t fans of the place. But it was built specifically for music, and has good sight-lines and acoustics, which is more than a lot of venues offer.

I’d heard their music, but I hadn’t seen Sigur Rós before, and I was very impressed with their show. I think it’s safe to say that there are not any other bands out there putting on performances like theirs – the music, the lights, the video, the whole experience. I can certainly understand that (more…)