Mormor, Laraaji, Kelsey Lu

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11/12/2019 8:27 PM

THIS IS THE PLACE: BERKELEY CHURCH (10/17)

Tour:

Mormor, Laraaji, Kelsey Lu

rating:

set time:

10:15 pm

opener:

Laraaji, Kelsey Lu

R&B

By:

Blake Bartholomew

Red Bull’s sold out “This is the Place” music festival was this past Thursday at the Berkley Church on Queen Street East. With ambient mood lighting streaking up the brick walls the re-appropriated Christian space transformed into artist market place, concert, and multimedia art platform.

Nobody told me that New Age guru Laraaji was at the bottom of the bill (but at the top of this reviewer’s heart), but there he was: hammer dulcimers, windchimes, and water sounds as he chanted and laughed with his partner by his side. It was somewhat jarring to see such free, desireless music performed under the L.E.D. glow of Red Bull’s twin Taurus logo, but I guess it takes corporate sponsorship to bring the crowds these days.

Kelsey Lu came up next in a wash of eerie pink and blue light, looping her cello’s ghostly bowing while her voice leapt over top. Her righteously political message was effortlessly conveyed through her parting declaration of “Fuck the white male patriarchy” to her audience, who must have surely felt stung by this rapier thrust of subtle wit.

The crowd truly came alive when up and coming r&b sensation, Mormor, standing in a mesh cage in the middle of the dance floor, performed with only his drummer and synth man behind him. Despite his tendency to pull back from his emerging fame, all eyes were on Mormor as he delivered his songs with calm focus. His band played it straight and clean, even if a bit clunky in the spacial disconnect. The big synths and funky guitar make a fine pair for Mormor’s strong sense of melody and an even finer acoustic resonance in the beautiful hall.

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