Saturday, August 6, 2016

Culture: The Beauty Of Noise - Swans @ Bowery Ballroom, New York 2016

(Drivebycuriosity) - "Swans are majestic, beautiful looking creatures. With really ugly temperaments" said once Michael Gira (wikipedia). The rock musician formed the band "Swans" in 1982, one of those independent rock music groups who go their own ways beyond the mainstream.

Last week my wife and I attended their gig @ Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan, our third Swans concert. Again, the band lived up to their name. The concert was "majestic &  beautiful" and spiced with very violent parts - far away from today´s mediocrity. Again Gira and his 5 companions created massive walls of noise full with graceful sound patterns.

Before the main gig we watched a solo performance by 
Okkyung Lee, a violinist from South Korea (wikipedia). She worked with a viola, a large violin, and created violent & fierce sounds which combined into a beautiful & majestic picture of tones.

Well done Swans & Lee. We hope we can watch more concerts by you in the future.

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