Cello Madness at the Makeout Room
I've seen quite a lot of concerts over the years, at both small and large venues. Last month I attended Cello Madness at the Makeout Room in San Francisco (in the Mission District). It was an event very unlike most concerts, and one I am going to see again.
I walked in and four cellists and a violinist were setting up chairs in a circle in the middle of the club. The audience was arrayed around them. The whole event had the feeling of being in on a working session. Each player was asked to lead a song, to give a theme and a key. None of the music was rehearsed. Each piece had its own color and tone. There were elements of classical music, of country, of Irish, and of modern music. Other musicians trickled in: three more cellists, another violinist and an upright bassist. More chairs were found, the circle widened, the music broadened.
I walked away feeling very inspired. I hope I get to a point where I could plug into a circle of cellists and be able to hold my own. Here are some recordings I made with my iPhone:
contrast-and-dissonance.aiff (one of my faves)
funk-sparkle-foreplay.aiff (named for words shouted from the audience)
There is another night of cello madness tomorrow night, April 27, again at the Makeout Room. I hope you can join me there!