Latino Funky Jazz with (a) Soul
Last night, somewhere around 9pm, Alice Russell held a concert together with Quantic and his Combo Barbaro here in Ljubljana. Unless your taste in music is very specific, you probably have no idea who I’m talking about right now. Don’t worry, I had no clue who I am going to shoot yesterday either, but it turned out to be a pretty good concert actually.
So, first off, a little info about the musicians. Alice Russell is a British soul singer who worked together with many famous artists, Will Holland on the other hand, who is also known as Quantic currently lives in Columbia, where he started a funk/jazz group named The Quantic Soul Orchestra.
Even though I personally enjoy listening to jazz, specially late in the night when everybody else is asleep already, the primary reason I was there last night wasn’t to enjoy the concert (still, I really did :)), but to take some photos for a website that I usually work for. You can check my other galleries from various concerts on this website: http://www.studentarija.net/infoscena, but you’ll have to search for a bit, because I’m not their only photographer, which means all of the galleries aren’t mine.
Maja and I arrived about half an hour early, just so we could “take it easy” and slowly pick up our PRESS passes. Yes, it’s the thing that you wrap around you wrist and it suddenly lets you go to places a normal visitor isn’t allowed in, but most importantly, you’re there for free. It’s fascinating, how a just simple bracelet makes you feel so awesome that you almost want to wear sunglasses. Usually, I always drink an Erdinger Weissbier before a concert and it’s probably the only real tradition I’ve ever had, but you got to admit it, it’s a really tasty one. This time though, the bar outside was full. There were soul addicts dressed in vintage clothes everywhere around us and you could almost sense that late 60’s or early 70’s feeling somewhere in the air. Unlike me, their passion and desire wasn’t beer but rather red wine. Eventually, I accepted the fact that I’m going to have to enjoy my drink inside, so we moved upstairs. I also had to show the contents of my camera backpack to the security personel at the entrance, probably for drinks, because I’m pretty sure I don’t look like a terrorist. Or do I? :D
The concert started instrumentally without the vocalist Alice on the stage, but to be honest, the band itself is already good enough, so Alice was just an extra bonus, if I may call her that. Don’t get me wrong, I think her voice is more than great. The songs on the setlist we’re most likely written down in that order strategically, since they we’re progressing from the slower ones to more and more lively rhythms, that just make you wanna move your feet. On account of the fact that I forgot to ask the staff if there were any limitations for the photographers, I wasn’t aware that I only had first 3 songs to shoot (which is up to the band to decide) and since I’m usually allowed to shoot for the whole concert, I took things easy, thinking: “First few songs I’ll shoot some shots of Alice and the back vocalist and then I’ll slowly move to the members in the background”. By the time the security guy came to tell us our time was up, I had only about 20-30 pictures, and they very mostly images of the 2 persons in front. :D Still, we learn from our mistakes they say, so it’s a lesson well recieved and I’ll sure be asking for the restrictions the next time. :)
To sum everything up, the concert was great and here are a few photos from it: