Culture
Molvaer’s Ninth Wave
21 February, 2013
On February 16, Tbilisi Event Hall hosted an unprecedented show. It was anything but show, though it did not need any effects. However, this rich music that comprised great number of bits from the musical heritage and whch stands beyond any particular ‘isms’, was a very tasteful music of synthesis than anything else, scarcely leaving anybody untouched and discontented.
Kakha Tolordava is a TV anchor and a person who gets prepared to meet such great figures 2-3-months earlier. He has
also dedicated a book to the conversations with jazz musicians. Georgian Journal recorded an exclusive interview from him, who had an exclusive dialog with Nils Petter Molvaer: “In my book I speak with Herbie Hancock to Joe Zawinul. I have an impression that this will be one of the most interesting live concerts that I have ever attended, as Nils Petter Molvaer is today one of the most opened and multicolored musicians of the world. It is difficult to say what kind of person he is after such short interviews. However, we have talked a lot starting with his music and ending with the Norwegian poetry.”
Misha Giorgadze, Founder of Eastern Promotion told Georgian Journal: “He is a very interesting person. We have talked not only about his music but also about different life matters and it turned out that he really has his peculiar attitudes and views on different matters. We are expecting from this experience too, a very interesting and distinct concert. Of course, tastes differ but this is a completely different dish that Molvaer trio will offer to us. As for the repertory, Nils says that it depends on the disposition and on the interaction that they will make with the audience and the latter will dictate them what to play. I am sure that everyone will greatly enjoy the concert.”
If we come from these words of the Eastern Promotion representative, the contact was superb. The highest expectations of the organizers were also met and even more. During almost one hour and a half, they played only two compositions, but imagine, how strong they were emotionally – 40 minutes long each. These are the jazz mustangs. Nils Petter Molvaer together with Stian Westernhus (guitar) and Erland Dahlen (drums), Johnny Skalleberg (Sound) and Tord Knudsen (Light/video), did not leave any empty space between spectators and themselves – every single corner of Event Hall was charged with waves of their musicality. A listener had a feeling that their own heart-beating was played over there, on the stage. It was too emotional. They made an extremely tempting jazz cocktail, offered us, which filled our hearts to the very top and poured out like wonderful pink lava of feelings.
Here the word like ‘sadness’ or ‘dullness’ does not have any room. Here everything is so extremely vivid and alive. This is a magic world. Could there be anybody else who would again ask what the hell jazz is? Such a person would be most likely qualified as ‘hopeless” doomed to never really understand what it actually is.
However, Kote Abuladze, Professor and great lover of jazz, does know its meaning, “It is not only my hobby. Jazz is far more than just music. It is my background, the condition of my soul. I cannot really imagine anything without jazz, even one single day without listening to the jazz radio. If I have reached anything in my profession as an economist, its greatest stimuli has been jazz. If jazz stops, I stop too. It awakes a lot of stimulus of hardworking and also inspires my thinking capacities. Economy is also creative and improvisation of thinking in my field resembles jazz, which enables the people of our profession to surpass certain cliches and be creative. Jazz - this is philosophy, it is love, kindness and first of all, love to God, as it initiates from gospels and spirituals. Therefore, a real jazz lover cannot be a negative person,” Kote Abuladze confessed in talks with Georgian Journal.
The public was really co-active. The music comprised everything – electronic experiments, classical trumpet voice from time to time, America, Europe, and even East – the element of meditation was extremely touching. It was proved that sometimes there are no borders even between East and West, that music and art is supreme and stands beyond any political viewpoints or geographical maps. They were playing as if taking these sounds from a box of rarest jewels and without even trying to charm us – they did not have to. The whole hall was captivated. One got meditated, relaxed, contemplated. I felt that I am awake but day-dreaming. The highest class! Earthly heaven!
Gaioz Kandelaki, godfather of jazz in Georgia, had not listened to them before the concert and shared his impressions fresh from the performance: “I would call them the followers of Disposition Theory (disposition theory belongs to the Georgian psychologist Dimitri Uznadze that implies that everything comes from disposition). This is a galaxy, cosmic energy. They are imposing this disposition but also leaving this completely their inner world to themselves. It’s awfully thrilling. They are throwing meteorites to you and you are ready to fly to the cosmos”.
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