A few months ago, I was asked to take some photos for a church fundraising concert. It was great to see such a huge audience turnout for the concert, which unfortunately pushed me right to the backs and sides only. However, there were many different acts so I was able to move around between items and get different angles.
The best part of the event was the last item where various ensembles all combined together! It was wonderful to see the adult choir, childrens choir and orchestra all together. Was it professional musical standard? Of course not, these were all amateurs doing something for a good cause. But what struck me was the gusto – the passion that they all had – well done to all!
Here are a few of my favourite shots from the day!
Wow! My favourite violin concerto. Henning, a young and talented violinist that I had the pleasure of seeing a masterclass of last week. Good combination 🙂
Henning played it through effortlessly – letting his violin sing the passion that’s in the Sibelius, as well as hitting the technical work.
I loved the attention he gave to the conductor and orchestra during the performance (and joining the string pizzicatos in the 3rd movement). I was amazed at the way he hit the jumps to the high notes and fingered octaves in the first movement and arpeggios in the last movement with no problems. But I was most surprised by the volume of sound Henning is able to produce from his violin. I don’t think WASO played with a smaller orchestra for the concerto – it was the full thing. But I heard Henning with no problems.
How? I’m guessing great bowing arm and wrist, full bow hair on the string, and playing next to the bridge but without scratchiness. The only fault I can give was I wished there was a bit more space in between some of the phrases in the first movement – they nearly rushed into each other. But the second movement was so soulful and well played it’s inspired me to get the notes back out and learn it.
The stage looked even more spectacular as the night grew on, with the lighting rig and the huge circular screens wrapping the entire structure lighting up the venue. I loved the mirror ball right on top of the central spire – later in the evening it was reflecting dots of light all over the oval! And when the whole screen thing expanded – ultra cool – and the geek in me was thinking, “what a cool engineering feat” 🙂
But one thing struck me and Wifey throughout the U2 set.. this was “just” 4 musos on stage. I can’t believe the sound they put out. I’m sure there must be some backing tracks/layers in there, but still.. VERY impressed. I was following The Edge and had that young dream of being a guitarist with your awesome sound amplified to a large stadium…
Wifey and I haven’t kept up to date with U2’s latest albums, so I was extremely excited to hear older stuff. Big thumbs up for “All I Want Is You”, “Desire”, “Where The Streets Have No Name”, “With Or Without You”, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. Interestingly, since U2 have been around for so long, the crowd was quite mixed with not many teens. The full setlist is here: http://www.u2gigs.com/article806.html
As for sound – I’m so glad this gig was at the Subi Oval (I should stop calling this.. it’s now Paterson’s Stadium) and not Burswood Dome. The sound was MUCH better, and there was so much space that we still had some personal space around us 🙂 And we didn’t all have to squeeze through a handful of airlock doors to get out!
Definitely recommend fans to go to this concert – I think the next stop is Johannesburg!
Warmup act was Jay-Z. Strange combination, but he and his band were good 🙂 Even though the forecast said chance of a shower, there was some light drizzle during the concert which was actually quite refreshing (although it did make the metal floor quite slippery). So glad the weather held out until about midnight when it actually did rain more heavily!
Then it was all over… a great way to end the weekend, and 2010. The last date night for 2010? I’m hoping we can squeeze in another date before the end of the year!
A few weeks ago, I attended a jazz evening at a Perth school. It was a really fun night, showcasing many of the school’s own talented jazz ensembles. To help get the parents on the floor, Shane and Ruth from Swing It came to give a short introductory class of lindyhop. I was surprised and happy to see the dance floor totally crowded with enthusiastic parents, trying to do rock step triple steps 🙂
After the class, Shane and Ruth did a lindyhop performance for all. I took quite a few shots – but it’s surprisingly hard to get a good dynamic lindyhop shot where the dancers and their faces are visible, whilst capturing the energy and motion of the dance.
I took along my Nikon 85mm 1.8 and did not regret it at all – it takes such amazing shots in low light.
To end the night, the school’s soul band took to the stage. I snuck right up in between the stage and the dancers and tried to capture the raw energy of the crowd.
After a delicious and indulgent date night dinner with Wifey on Friday, we decided to pop into the Ellington. If you’re into Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Michael Buble or like Paul Anka’s Rock Swings album, you should catch James Flynn, Perth’s very own one man Rat Pack! He was backed by a “mini” big band made up of many experienced professionals.
Although it’s not quite my thing anymore (lindyhopping has focussed my jazz tastes on late 1920-1940s jazz), the crowd there on Friday really appreciated the swinging hits, even with some dancing breaking out! I like how relaxed James is on stage and how he interacted with the audience making an entertaining night.
I couldn’t resist snapping a few shots at the gig. As usual, the dim lighting at the Ellington really tests the performance of my Nikon D80 at ISO 1600. The shots look OK at this resolution, but if I were to blow them up large, I don’t think they’ll look that great. I tried a few shots at ISO 1250 too, but I really need to upgrade to a newer body with better low noise performance. New D3, D700, D700x?