Steve Roach "Live At SoundQuest Fest" CD
Unfortunately, I am one of those unlucky fans, who were unable to join personally this highly memorable event hosted at October 23rd, 2010, at the Tucson's Berger Performing Arts Center and featuring the Master himself plus invited kindred spirits. Now I am very pleased to review this live recording documenting the headlining performance of that night.
Steve opens his set with calm, highly organic intro "Momentum Of Desire" that unfolds after few minutes into an active, ever-changing high-tech heartbeating grooves reaching the sharpest peak in the middle section of this 28+ minutes overture. Later the tribal beats slowly fade away and quiet organics enter the fore again and peacefully overlap into the next cut, "Medicine Of The Moment". Primordial soundscapes are spiced by didgeridoo virtuosity of Dashmesh Khalsa and Brian Parnham, absolutely intoxicating and magical! This wonderfully exciting performance crosses into "Thunderwalkers", the most dynamic and rhythm-infused piece centered around masterful shamanic drumming by Byron Metcalf. The Masters are at the top of their game, absolutely immersing, galvanizing and thunderous performance!!! I immediately close my eyes and try to transport myself directly into the crowd to capture the real power of these ecstatic live moments. After that the things slow down and the next piece, "Morphic", is loaded with stunning didge mastery that continues also on the closing part, "Off Planet Passage". Deeply immersing earthy soundscapes with slowly emerging hidden tribal beats, masterfully connecting archaic and modern for an unique sonic experience..
With audiophile-like sound quality and gorgeous 6-panel digipak packaging featuring assorted desert and live photographs, "Live At SoundQuest Fest" is a true live document that will always surprise and impress the listener, no matter if he/she attended the event or not. But I hope one day my dreams will come true and I will join personally one of the events of this treasured ambient giant and his guests.
Richard Gürtler (Jul 09, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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