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concerts thread.
Not a concert per se – more a gig, by one Hezron Chetty and some sidekicks – drum and bass/keyboardist. Lots of looping and repetition, which is fine – sounds get built up that way and it can work really well in a live setting if it’s done properly – unfortunately, amongst other ills, in this instance the repetition was hypnotic - but not in a good way; it was also way too loud and heavy for the setting. What they produced would not have sounded out of place in a medieval castle, on a wild Scottish highland, a sort of Celtic Goth thing, but it was all far too much for a venue with dubious acoustics that is designed to seat around sixty people, added to which the sound guy quite happily admitted to surfer’s ear and needed to be told what was distorting and needed fixing, etc., which he admittedly took in good humour, lol!! He got well and truly directed by a bunch of, errr – whatever it is one is called when far too old to be a groupie (which is probably something not very complimentary!) Big Grin .
Chetty is built up by his PR people who reference Ali Farke Toure, which I really didn’t get, in the slightest, and then some journo had the nerve to mention Pink Floyd in the same breath, which is plain ridiculous. Unbelievable. Chetty is dismissive of conventional/classical violinists, and interestingly, he has an album out titled The Fallacy of Composition. Personally, I think he could use a large helping of composition plus some humble pie served up on a leaf out of a fiddling legend or two’s books. I doubt that will happen as he seems quite self-assured and reasonably popular in circles of listeners who don’t know better, which is very snobbish of me to say, I know, however, while he wields a decent bow, and appears to go down a treat at festivals, there’s a lot to live up to out there! I certainly don’t believe he’s breaking any new ground, and a Jean-Luc Ponty or David Lindley, he most certainly is not – let’s not even talk about the heavyweights, such as Itzhak Perlman.
I wouldn’t go and listen to him again but it would be great if he DID succeed because anyone with such a clear passion for what he’s doing really deserves that. Just think a better defined direction would be good, he's too much all over the place - but this is merely my opinion – perhaps it is wrong – who knows?? 

This clip is not one he played, to the best of my recall, and studio is different of course.

"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson
Where did you see this guy Ruby?
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
^Camel Rock Jerome - Scarborough.
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