oh what a night...
Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Cab Calloway, Glenn Miller – swinging merrily down memory lane or if you like it less retro, the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. And now on to Pierre Omer’s Swing Revue, exclusively performing in the place on the one island that’s been swingin’it itself for nearly 15 years.
PIERRE OMER, the famous Dead Brother, is back with his wonderful Swing Revue and it follows a recent memorable stint here with his, maybe just momentarely deceased, former band. Everybody who was lucky enough to be here had to be crying buckets of tears of joy.
Pierre was born in London, has Swiss-Indian roots and lives in Geneva and Madrid. As a musician he’s an expert on guitar, accordion, piano, and, most of all, the guy can sing. He’s also an accomplished composer for film and theatre scores (e.g. for Meret Matter) and he produces for Mama Rosin tambien. His guitar playing demonstrates his love for Django Reinhardt but one can still hear the Dead Brothers in it, alive and clear.
But now he’s really on to something else and urges you and your flame to «Come one, come all and let us take you back to the swinging jazz of the 30’s and 40’s.» It’s going to be him and his incomparable Swing Revue, featuring Julien Israelian (The Imperial Tiger Orchestra) on drums and on bass and contra bass, it’s the former Dead Brothers and Knickerbockers Philippe Geiser and Christoph Gantert. And the fellas will make you swoon, sway and swing all around the moon and back to here with their original, exotic compositions. It’s all about celebrating life ‘cause «It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing».
MIREL WAGNER of whom Spex had this to say after listening to her second and newest album: «Mirel Wagner’s music is elemental, it’s skillfully performed and it has been restored to its timeless core of apocalyptical blues and soulful melancholia. It’s not that her world’s all smooth and easy, but clearly, there are no iPads, shopping malls and fake tits in it.»
That just released new album’s titled «When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day». Mirel is Finnish but was born and adopted in Ethopia. She’s a great balladeer but not of the folksy kind largely because of the undeniable courage expressed through her careful words. Her work holds it’s own seemingly effortless with that of PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and Odetta but don’t be mislead – with her, like with them, it isn’t just style. Her songs may venture into the underworld of Orpheus and Eurydike or boot us fluttering like drunken giant bats out of hell. Or lifting their dark veils, send us like cellar children walking out towards the light of day.