Saturday, November 11, 2017

Recording: Man Forever

Artist: Man Forever

Songs: You Were Never Here + Twin Torches

Recorded at 918 Bathurst (The Music Gallery's X AVANT XII – Night 1), October 11, 2017.

Man Forever - You Were Never Here

Man Forever - Twin Torches

After an off-season of uncertainty and exiled from its home at St. George The Martyr Church, The Music Gallery has found refuge at 918 Bathurst. Vibewise, this has kept things in the same ballpark, with the new space sharing churchy origins and a wood-y acoustic space. The X Avant Festival was first big test for this arrangement of things, presenting four nights of shows there. More than ever, the linkages between the Festival's performances was in the overarching theme of "Resistance", but this first night also had a percussive throughline.

John Colpitts (also known as Kid Millions when drumming with Oneida) brought his Man Forever project back to town, this time in the form of five piece percussion ensemble. (They were also augmented by local Tania Gill on piano for this performance.) These pieces' recorded versions feature some A-list guest performers (Yo La Tengo on the former and Laurie Anderson on the latter) but these "instrumental versions" had enough power (and voices) to carry them. The set ended with the longform piece "The Clear Realization" from Colpitts' album with So Percussion, a deep and trance-inducing experience.

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