November 15th, 2006 – by: Maureenie
The Barbican before the show. There's a whole other level up on the left. GREAT space for music concerts.
I'm a big nerd, so I went to a jazz concert tonight as part of the
London Jazz Festival by myself. It's not even a big deal to go to
things alone anymore. There's definitely no one I know here who would
have been able to appreciate something like this as much as I did, so I
didn't want to drag someone along who was going to be lame about it.
Anyway, it was at the Barbican Center, which is HUUUUUUUUGE. They have
all sorts of things going on in here at the same time-- showing films,
concerts, there's bars, etc, etc.... lots of stuff. Big place. I got
lost in it a lot.
But yes, the show-- I went to go see Michel Camilo, who is a really
amazing jazz pianist, and Tomatito, who I didn't know before I got
there, but is a guitarist, and was also REALLY talented.
A sneaky (albeit blurry) shot I took of them during the show.
They played an
absolutely amazing set of Latin jazz. I was giddy like a little kid,
which was aided by the fact that I was sitting in the first row on the
second balcony, which means I had to lean over the edge of the balcony
the entire time to be able to see, and I probably looked really silly.
I was so, so, so happy, though. I LOVE going to see music like this. I
don't have enough adjectives in my vocabulary to describe to you how
talented Michel Camilo is. His fingers wave up and down the keys with
the gentleness of brushing a young girl's hair, and these amazingly
complicated chords come pouring out of the piano. Them playing together
was really interesting and unique as well. Both obviously used to
playing the lead, combining their sounds was a little difficult to get
used to at first because you weren't sure who to listen to, but they
ended up fusing together in a really exciting way. It was wonderful. I
cried during most of the show. Geez, I cry about everything I like.
Well, I wasn't full on crying... weeping maybe... because I was so
moved by it.... by the incredible talent during the upbeat numbers, and
by the ardent sounds of the more delicate songs... some of the first
collections of bars of the softer songs made me so happy... I thought
to myself, This is what is sounds like to be in love.
A truly, truly incredible evening.