Arve Henriksen – Places of Worship - Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds – 12 March 2015


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SCORE: 3 HUZZAH!*
At the end the audience knew they had been treated to the best of concerts and in return gave a well-deserved long and loud applause.

It may have taken two years since its release to see Places of Worship played in full live, but boy was it worth it.


I can`t think of a more beautiful hall than the Howard Assembly Rooms with its magnificent timber barrelled ceiling to see, as far as I can recall, the first full length concert of Arve Henriksen`s 2013 release of Places of Worship. It had a joint release concert, with Jan Bang`s Narrative From the Subtropics, at Punkt Festival 2013.

Why this is the case I don’t know as it is such a lovely piece.

 

Arve is joined on stage by Jan Bang and Eivind Aarset. It doesn’t take long to know you are in for a special evening. Arve`s trumpet being delicate and haunting one moment and soaring the next, Jan as always entertaining with his box of tricks and Eivind, well it’s the first time I have seen him close up, he is usually hidden behind a table full of effect gizmos, to fully appreciate all the sonics he produces from his guitar. All three played as one and looked like they were having a ball.

 

In addition we were treated to visual artist, Anastasia Isachsen, mostly landscape films, projected to the full width of the stage which added to the atmosphere of the music.

 

The concert did not follow the running order of the cd, as the second track, the upbeat Saraswati was played midway through. The other noticeable thing in recent times is that Arve does more vocals in his live work and like his trumpet playing has a great range.

 

At the end the audience knew they had been treated to the best of concerts and in return gave a well-deserved long and loud applause.

 

It may have taken two years since its release to see Places of Worship played in full live, but boy was it worth it.


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