Harold Budd and The Necks
21st November 2011
Live Music review by
Time Being is collaboration between acclaimed
ambient musician Harold Budd and jazz trio The Necks and it took place
before a packed house in Liverpool's The Capstone.
The lights dimmed in the impressive performance space of The Capstone
and Harold Budd came to the stage with one third of his collaborators
for this tour, The Necks. All was momentarily silent except for the rustle
of my notepad as a pitched electronic buzz filed the room, soon followed
by some spaced drumbeats and Budd's excellent piano. Anyone expecting
a rock out for this first part of the show was to be disappointed for
it was an ambient pleasure, with the music drifting around the room like
the sounds of waves it evoked in the mind of this reviewer. This was an
almost forty-five minute performance piece – perhaps it could have
been slightly shorter and had the same effect – it was a brilliant
performance with Budd's piano impressing particularly.
His masterly keystrokes were forceful yet considered as he weaved a sound
that was unique and almost classical in its form and although it was a
wordless performance, there was really no need to use words as the music
said it all. At the end of the first performance Budd took a bow and silently
left the stage and while some find a lack of audience connection offensive
this was not the case tonight as the audience spoke of his performance
highly and I couldn't agree more.
The second set was a performance in the same lengthy vein from The Necks
and although it started with the same quiet intensity as that of Budd's
it soon developed an energy that became somewhat overwhelming towards
the end. The delicate but lilting piano that opened the set sped up considerably
to a repetition lead crescendo with the urgent beat of the bass and the
vibrant yet considered drum beats that had the audience on their feet
applauding at the end, although the called for encore never came.
Special mention should go to the projections behind the players that
added a whole new dimension to the performance and impressed in their
ability to help you understand the timeless message of the music.
Consider this another excellent night at The Capstone.