It is completely unrelated to lighting or writing but I thought I would share the experience anyway. Last Friday, I won tickets for Nick Zinner: 41 Strings concert at Royal Festival Hall, thanks to London in Stereo. I honestly had no idea what I won tickets to, but since I never win anything I was really excited about going.
The concert consisted of two pieces. IIII, I would call an electronica and drums piece. It is inspired by Vivaldi’s the Four Seasons. I don’t normally like electronica but when it is accompanied by eight talented live drummers playing live, it is pretty darn cool. It is great to see the musicians jamming along with the music even between their own parts. Life in general, and music among that, should be live – even electronica.
If IIII is electronica then, 41 Strings is rock-band based with 3 drummers, 2 bas, 8 guitarists, 1 synth – and of course, the 41 strings – violin, viola and bas. The strings added that extra texture to the music that only strings can. If there is one instrument that I wish I could master, it is the violin. It has an emotional layer that goes straight to my soul. Strings also go well with rock music, I find.
The music is multi-layered and the strings are allowed to swell. It is the kind of music that makes you forget to breath, rips your heart out, while your soul lifts and soars. Goose bumps; again and again goose bumps.
41 Strings is also inspired by the Four Seasons. Especially in the third piece you can hear this. It has the same energy and style. The one that touched me the most is the second piece.
When I experience music like this I sometimes wish that I can make other people hear what I hear. Because if you do not hear what I hear, you cannot feel and experience what I feel – and if not, no matter how much I want to share it, you will never entre my world.
Apart from the concert itself, Friday also gave the opportunity to see the Royal Festival Hall for the first time. Lovely space! I liked the interior and the lighting very much. Dark woods, rich textures and well highlighted with the lighting scheme. I especially liked the red wall under the balconies, which themselves have a nice colour contrast. That is where I want to be next time.