February 6th, 2006 09:30 EST
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Always interested in witnessing exceptional talents in the performance arts, I recently happened upon an obscure musical act called E Muzeki. And I was immediately captivated. So full of sound and fury, signifying " everything, and stirring the soul.
Then I discovered, happily, that they were scheduled to be in town a week later. Last night, I had the good fortune to see them live in concert at my favorite local pub, McGonigel`s Mucky Duck. If you appreciate instrumental world music indicative of various cultures, then you`ll enjoy the brilliance that is E Muzeki. Do yourself a favor and listen.
Not to me, them.
Well, yes, first listen to me now, so to speak, since this is written and not audible " because I`m introducing them, but then and foremost listen to them. And not so much them, as their music. Although the distinction may be negligible, as their instruments vitally and deftly become their voice, and the notes their words, expressing the marvelousness possible within the depths of the human soul.
I am plugging E Muzeki. I have no illusions about it, but it must be done.
The sublime music played by E Muzeki utilizes and features elements from Celtic, Gypsy, Greek, and Spanish musical traditions " but rather than be bound by the particular forms of these distinct styles, they are liberated by them, and liberate them.
This agile blending of cultures through musical instruments creates a unique style that requires the invention of a new descriptive word, simultaneously the band`s name:
The charming and cordial duo of Jenny O`Connor and Mark Varelas, the remarkable yin and yang of E Muzeki, definitely deserve mention. As does he that serves as the circle underlying that ancient symbol, their drummer of drums, Michael Huebner.
Normally, I wouldn`t make such a promotional pronouncement. Rarely do I have the unmitigated pleasure to experience such graceful and gracious music. As amazing as they are in mp3, they are even better in the flesh. I mean, if you like that kind of thing.
Perhaps I`ve already said too much, and yet not enough.
Preferring, now, to abide the precept of Show, don`t tell ", I won`t even bother trying to describe their melodies to you. I shouldn`t. I would only succeed in tarnishing the ineffable splendor that is E Muzeki. Nothing I say about their performance, here or elsewhere, will in anyway do adequate justice to the beautiful music that lithely springs forth from their masterful handling of their music.
"For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible."
So I beseech thee, listen for yourself, and hope you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to see the E Muzeki trio live.
Please, visit their website: