Review: 12/4/2009 Magma l'Alhambra
- Great show at the l'Alhambra last night. I was a little thrown by the
beginning of it, though. They played a lot of new material. One long
piece with an abrupt and lumbering bass line (very repetitive) started
out. I know I've seen a youtube clip of it, but I have no idea what
the name is. It was followed by a few more pieces which didn't
connect with me (maybe because I haven't heard them enough). They
seemed a little lighter melodically and harmonically than Christian's
usual compositional style.
The band stopped for a break after those pieces and then launched into
Ëmëhntëtt-Ré, skipping the spoken word introduction that is on the CD.
It was a very good rendition. I was a bit scared that I wouldn't care
for Hervé's voice, but he did a great job with Ëmëhntëtt-Ré. My
favorite bit is the beginning of Ëmëhntëtt-Ré II, right before the
Hhai section, and that came off very well.
They ended with one encore which involved bringing six additional
people on stage for a rather long choral intensive chant piece. A
friend told me that they said that each of these four nights they will
have different people up to sing with the band on encore. It was a
great piece, so of chant gospel feel. Julie Vander was one of the
singers, and Bruno joined in too. James did some very good guitar
over it and it was fun to watch Isabelle up above smiling as she sang,
Bruno was excellent throughout the show also. He can't seem to stand
still. I was also amazed at what a monster Philippe has become. I know
he's been playing forever, but I've never seen him play with such
absolute confidence. I mentioned to a friend that there probably
isn't another gig on the planet which requires someone to play the way
that Philippe plays with Magma. Incredible demands, and he did it all
All in all, a very good show. Looking forward to tonight also.