October 16, 2015
Stick Men started as a solo project for Tony Levin on Chapman Stick and over the years he formed a stable (touring) band with Pat Mastelotto on drums and Markus Reuter on Touch Guitar. Tony and Pat are also playing in King Crimson who recently toured as well.
Markus was the first one who came on stage. He gave away some very nice ambient like sounds on his Touch Guitar. A few minutes later Pat and Tony entered the stage and they started with the beautiful track Hide The Trees, followed by Smudge. After Smudge Tony introduced the band to the audience. Pat told the audience that he and Tony played together for more than 20 years, mostly together in the band King Crimson. After the short speech they played the King Crimson track VROOOM VROOOM. After playing the powerful track Horatio Markus
Tony told the audience jokingly that he tries to sing the song Crack In The Sky in different languages, but this time he sang it in English. The last song before they were supposed to leave the stage was Breathless. Tony told the audience that Breathless isn't a King Crimson song but a song from Robert Fripp's solo album Exposure. The band didn't leave the stage after they played Breathless. They did take a bow and thanked the audience, but Tony told the audience that they have to 'pretend' they left the stage and came back. When the audience calmed down they played the track Soup, which is my favourite track from the band. It's a very funny and catchy song and they played it fantastically. They didn't play King Crimson's Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part II even though it was supposed to be the last song on the playlist. When they finished the track Soup Markus gestured to the band to stop playing, so they did. The band thanked the audience again and told that there would be signing and photo sessions at the merchandise stand. They made a joke about the fact that too many bands immediately leave the venue when the show is over. The audience really enjoyed the performance and gave away an extra cheer.
If you like experimental music and artists that can both perform songs and improvise, then you should see this band! I'm sure they will tour again soon, so be there!
Iris Hidding (edited by Astrid de Ronde)
Setlist Stick Men:
Hide The Trees
(King Crimson Cover)
Mirage (Mike Oldfield Cover)
Slow Glide (Tony Levin Song)
Sartori In Tangier (King Crimson Cover)
Open Part III
Nude Ascending Staircase
Industry (King Crimson Cover)
Crack The Sky
Breathless (Robert Fripp Cover)
Stick Men by Iris Hidding
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Line up Stick Men:(left to right)
drums and percussion
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