Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Recording: Raphael Weinroth-Browne

Artist: Raphael Weinroth-Browne

Song: [third piece]

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (Intersection Festival – Day 2), September 3, 2016.

Raphael Weinroth-Browne - [third piece]

A lovely day, warm in the sun with a cool breeze, the Intersection Festival once again filled Dundas Square with music of all kinds, offering a counterpoint to business at usual in the ad-basked concrete canyon. With Tad Michalak (of Burn Down the Capital/Feast in the East) again taking a leading role in curating the day, the music had nods to the festival's more chamber music-intensive past while upping the noise and weirdness reverberating off the surrounding walls. That had a sort of push-pull effect on the passers-by, sometimes drawing them in, sometimes causing evident confusion and moving along.

Cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne was definitely in the former camp, drawing a crowd as he lead off the day. Originally slated as an appearance by The Visit, this solo turn actually turned out to be a tasty overture for the festivities, with Weinroth-Browne's inventive riffing (with enough volume to invoke some of those cool echoes from the opposing buildings) causing a crowd of passers-by to pause and gather.

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