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Sunday, 03.06.2012, 20:20
oh what a night...
Howe Gelb (USA)
Will he bring with him the sounds of quiet solitude, the howling winds rippling the sand waves and the melancholic songs of a hot day's twilight? One thing's for sure: The desert doesn't just live in Howe Gelb. In him, it sizzles.
«Greats like Bonnie 'Prince' Billie and Howe Gelb keep coming back here even though they can get more money elsewhere» says our own Hanspeter 'Duesi' Kuenzler. And when our friend is right he's more than right, he's true blue.
Like with Lokal Holiness and Gentleman Howe, a visiting native if there ever was. A son of the desert and noble wild man, he's returning to one of his favorite stages, yes, one seemingly knows him and his music but you would be very wise to always leave room for the unexpected. «It's important every night to try something new, something that hadn't been rehearsed before» says our man of Giant Sand and one of improvisation's true greats.

Poetic and tender, then screechingly atonal or heavy on the beat, then light as a feather, then a sinful narcosymphonic never ending epic or brusque bursts of short and sweet, he's the main master of the side stream. Stop by and witness and listen to this dude reinvent himself and his music again and again in front of your eyes and in the process making you leave any preconceived notions you might have had of him and his work behind you in the dust. Will he bring with him the sounds of quiet solitude, the howling winds rippling the sand waves and the melancholic songs of a hot day's twilight? Will he make the giant vastness once again glisten in the early light or leave it all in cool darkness? Or he could rake your mind like the hot wind rakes the sands of the dunes. One thing's for sure: The desert doesn't just live in Howe Gelb. In him, it sizzles.
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