Vespero — Azmari: Abyssinian Liventure
(Bandcamp no#, 2016, CD / LP / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-02-23
Between the release of Vespero’s first two releases of their Abyssinian trilogy, they gave a live performance on May 15, 2015 at the Union of Theatre Artists in Astrakhan that included selections from both albums (Lique Mekwas and Shum-Shir), plus a couple of others from Droga and By the Waters of Tomorrow. For this live performance, the band consisted of Ivan Fedotov (drums and percussion), Alexander Timakov (percussion), Arkady Fedotov (bass and noise objects), Alexander Kuzolev (guitar), Alexey Klabukov (keyboards and synths), Vitaly Borodin (violin and noise objects), and Pavel Alekseev (tenor sax). They were in top form for this performance with Vitaly’s cosmic violin and Pavel’s saxophone propelling the music to the outer reaches of the galaxy. To provide a bit of context, the Azmari are musicians and singers that roam throughout Ethopia, telling stories of different worlds, mysterious seas, whispering trees high in the skies, flowers blooming in the clouds, flying islands, etc. A fitting image for Vespero’s psychedelic space rock. This live performance demonstrates Vespero’s ability to translate their studio recordings to the live stage, and vice versa, especially with the improvisational nature of their music. And laced throughout the performance are echoes of post-Syd and pre-Wall Pink Floyd. Released in 2016, the 300 copy CD edition has been sold out, but you can still purchase the picture disc vinyl LP or the digital version from their Bandcamp page. You cannot go wrong with Vespero.
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