19th April 2013
Just over half way through his tour of Austria, Germany and the UK Manu
Delago's troupe of musical and light show practitioners turned up at the
Capstone for what was to be an extraordinary night out.
Manu was gobsmacked himself; the concert had got under way in bright
sunshine and he thanked the small but enlightened audience that had turned
up for eshewing the life giving rays and coming to see him instead.
As part of the 'Bigger Than Home Tour' the hang and drummer's line-up
comprised Isa Kurz (vocals, piano and violin), Philipp Moll (bass and
synth). Chris Norz (drums, fx and light) and there was to be a special
The hang is a sophisticated cross between a wok and a dimpled bin lid.
The range of timbre and hand caressed notes he can produce has made Delago
the instrument's leading performer, good enough to accompany Bjork on
her world tour.
Manual dexterity also came from the drumming and brilliant lighting skills
of Norz; a Berlin-esque warehouse explosion of garishly outlined soloists,
thrashing out a pulsating rhythm was mesmerising. He was also no slouch
on stick beaten tubular bell and had the panache to coax a tintinnabulation
of miniature chimes in quieter mode.
Coincidence perhaps, but Kurz's vocal skills instinctively brought to
mind the Icelandic diva. Her piano and violin dexterity complementing
Moll's idiosyncratic bass playing (which was more off or around the strings
than on them at times), added texture and colour.
It was riveting stuff and the seventy minute show came to an end all
too quickly. The staccato 'Metronome Disease'.'Ice Cream Van' complete
with jingle and 'Medina I & II' held the audience in thrall, the latter
hinting of the Kasbah. Nor was that all. Stuart McCullum, of Cinematic
Orchestra fame, guested on electronic guitar adding to the jazz fest or
synthesised striving back beat. What a shame there were not more there
to see it all. The jostling crowd at the CD counter afterwards bore testimony
to just how good it had been. See them if you can.