Just back from a long weekend in Amsterdam, where I stayed with my good friend Jocelyne in her wonderful live-in photo studio, biked around the city at a leisurely pace, and spent evenings at the Illuseum for a series of Nine Rain events.
It’s a small space, but it wasn’t packed out (averaging maybe 30 folk a night) and there was room to breathe/move – even for the dogs that wandered about and lay down in front of the band as they played. Good Mexican food before the events too!
A workshop evening on Friday saw Steven Brown introduce Nikolas Klau and Alejandro Herrera for a quick meander through some of the basics of film soundtrack construction, and a look at a promo DVD containing clips from Eisenstein’s “Que Viva Mexico” soundtracked by Nine Rain album tracks. Looks like a hugely interesting ‘collaborative’ venture in prospect, though they’ll need to be careful not to overwhelm the extraordinary imagery.
The Saturday and Sunday shows presented slightly different sets, both delivered in a relaxed and friendly manner – I guess it’s relatively easy to engage with your audience if there’s no stage and they’re standing 50cm away from you. Having never seen them live before, I hadn’t fully realised how core Alejandro’s presence is to the band – he and Steven make great front men.
The weekend also saw a surprise appearance from Bruce Geduldig, freshly emerged from the edit suite to ‘premiere’ new cuts of a selection of short films which formed the silent backdrop to Winston Tong’s theatre performances in SF during late 1970’s/early 1980’s, and to which he’s added appropriate soundtracks. Hard to describe these as ‘music videos’, though I guess that’s what they’re becoming with this reworking for DVD. Bound Feet, White Room, Like The Others, Cell-life spring to memory as titles. I hope he manages to secure a deal to get these finished off and out soon.
I also got a sneak peek at the first proof copy of Isabelle’s Corbisier’s new book on Tuxedomoon. Given the paucity of the written word on the band, I’d hoped that it would be both weighty and authoritative – and Isabelle doesn’t disappoint. It’s an immense, tightly-packed doorstop of a book, and my brief flick through it has really whet my appetite (as if that were needed!). Need to set aside a week to get through it all. It’ll be up for sale in less than a month, I hope.
Other news is that TM are booking summer shows in France and southern Europe – with a show (might be a festival appearance) already confirmed for Marseilles in mid-July if I’m recalling what Carlos (their manager) said correctly. Looks like I’ll be giving the Airmiles balance another resounding thwack.
Overall, a very fine weekend, and it was great to see and chat with Isabelle, Mayjana, Steven, Nikolas, Bruce et al…