Time: October 27, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm
Location: Two Moon Art House & Cafe
Street: 315 4th Avenue
City/Town: Brooklyn, New York
Website or Map: http://www.twomoonbklyn.com
Event Type: live, music, performance
Organized By: Joyce Pisarello
Latest Activity: Oct 18, 2011
Solo bassist, Fabien Sevilla performs tracks from his latest album, "Kôans". Like a collection of small sound enigmas, ideal for meditation, the tracks are short and improvised, meaningfully condensed, evocatively powerful, and they make discreet use of musical technique to elaborate, on the edge of improvisation, a music that frees the mind for imagination, gesture and intuition.
More precisely, the Kôans evoke the short aphorisms used in Zen meditation in order to reach a constraint-free level of consciousness. Fabien Sevilla can hence let the music speak and cross through him freely, thus rendering him the music's vector, in a place where the sound reveals a likewise rough and natural relation with the instrument.
It is no coincidence that the double bass player chose the indoor location of the Chêne Pâquier church in Yverdon to record his sound meditations.
Among Sevilla's improvisations we find three contemporary music pieces written for solo double bass, composed by the likes of Emil Tabakov, Teppo Hauta-Aho and David Ellis, as well as Mingus' standard "Good Bye Pork Pie Hat". Nonetheless the approach is the same for all tracks, and is at times libertarian and intuitive, which is what provides coherence to the entire opera. The music "breathes" relentlessly, the bow is firm, precise and sharp, with the occasional short gypsy-like variations or harmonics that whisper unsettling counterpoints that are drawn upon a contemporary musical background. The overall feeling is fully sensible and sincerely captivating.