Video Games Get Classical Treatment in Gamer Jams
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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orchestra good, sound BAD, seats close, too close. even though we were tier 3 L-X, we got GG.. which is 7th row. this wasn't that great since the orchestra and singers were OVERMIKED. you could hear a pin drop, pages turning, and breathing.. so when the music started, it blared.. and reverbed.. and was out of balance. the horns couldn't be heard over the strings. the vocals mixed with the rest sounded like a train wreak.
i tried to complain to the audio guys but they vanished at intermission so i complained to random staffers. they said it sounded ok in the back and i said, why are you charging people $85 for tickets in front? it sounded like amateur hour in a high school gym. if i paid full price, i'd throw my beer at the stage.
live performances are only as good as the artists, delivery system, and weakest link.. in the case, i have to rate the overall performance as disappointing given this failure. it should have been noticed and immediately corrected. not 8 songs in. i really wanted to give this 4-5 stars, given appearances by Uncharted and Blizzard composers.. but just can't. The other 5 star reviews either don't go out much or are kidding themselves.
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