Iamthemorning & Gazpacho

October 31, 2015 - Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer (NL)


I've never seen Gazpacho and Iamthemorning performing on a live stage, so I was very curious what they are like during a concert. When I arrived at the entrance I found out that there were a lot of people waiting to get in. I think that the venue was (almost) sold out eventually. One of the security guards told me I should watch my bag (where I carry my camera and reporter stuff in) carefully because it was going to be crowded. This is of course fantastic news for both bands that so many people bought tickets to see them perform. Once arrived in the venue I noticed that the stage was full of instruments (guitars, cello, tuba). The drum kit was on the right side (for the audience left side) of the stage, which is very peculiar because you would expect that the drums are always (slightly) in the middle of the stage.
 

Iamthemorning

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Marjana Semkina
(in background: Gleb Kolyadin)
The support act that opened for Gazpacho was a Russian band called Iamthemorning. I don't know much about them, so I was looking forward to hear their music. The audience gave a big cheer when they entered the stage. The band is not a standard progressive rock format, because the band consists of a keyboardist/pianist, singer, cellist
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L to R: Philipp Saulin, Mikhail
Ignatov and Marjana Semkina
and violist. After the opening tune Scotland, female lead singer Marjana Semkina thanked the band Gazpacho for making it possible that they could tour with them and hoped that the audience would like the music they were going to play for them. The band played very dynamicly. Marjana made a lot of gestures with her arms and sang with a lot of emotion in her beautiful voice. Marjana said "thank you" in Dutch and told the audience that it was their first European tour. She also had a book with her where she wrote a couple of sentences in Dutch and she tried to pronounce the sentences the right way. The audience laughed and really loved it that she tried to speak some Dutch and gave her a big cheer. Before playing the song To Human Misery, Marjana explained to the audience that Russian people drink to misery. She also said that "To Human Misery" is also a quote from The Simpsons TV series, which made the audience laugh again. When Marjana told the audience they were going to play the last song of the evening the audience responded with a great "aaahw" of disappointment. I really enjoyed their performance despite the fact that the music is a little bit too soft and sweet for me personally. Still, I would love to see this band again live in the future.
 

Gazpacho

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Jan Henrik Ohme
A friend of mine told me that Gazpacho are amazing live, so I was really excited to see them perform on stage. Before the band entered the stage there was a loud hum-like noise (I don't know how to describe it properly) that became louder and more sounds blended in. Drummer Lars Erik Asp and bassist Kristian Torp were the first ones to arrive on stage. The bass drum was very loud, a bit too loud even, but luckily all the other instruments sounded great. The band started with the track Algorithm, followed by Park Bench (both from their latest album Molok), which is beautiful. The band has brought extra lights and light effects on the stage and there was also a screen projection making their performance extra cool. During the song Choir Of Ancestors there was a woman 'singing' along on the screen projection. The start of the song Defense Mechanism wasn't flawless. Singer Jan Henrik Ohme couldn't hear some things well enough because of the loud bass drum. The band started the intro again
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L to R: Mikael KrÝmer and
Jon Arne Vilbo
but still Jan Henrik had problems. He apologized to the audience and they gave him a loud applause and cheer. Luckily when they started to play it the third time everything went well.
What intrigued me was that Mikael KrÝmer used a fretted violin. I've never seen one before. Mikael isn't the only one who played a special type of instrument. The band had a big surprise for the audience during the song Death Room by switching to completely different instruments! Kristian picked up the big tuba, guitarist Jon Arne Vilbo grabbed a ukulele and Thomas Andersen a melodica. The audience loved it, and so did I! I loved the composition Chequered Light Buildings during the gig. The setlist said "Chequered Light Billings", I don't know if that was a spelling mistake or a funny 'pun'. I really enjoyed that the band played a lot of songs from different albums. Some bands who play live are too focused on playing a lot of tracks from their most recent album, but Gazpacho is playing songs from six different albums. You can see that the band really enjoys to play live and they drag the audience into the atmosphere of their music. The last track before the encore was Molok Rising. Mikael used his mandolin as some kind of lap guitar during that piece of music. The band slowly went off stage, leaving us (the audience) in the dark. And now the most heartbreaking moment for me: I had to miss the encore because I needed to catch my last bus. I still feel bad about the fact that I had to miss the end of the show (while writing this review) because this band is awesome to see live! I really hope they will tour again soon! And this time, I will stay until the end, even if that means I have to walk home.

Iris Hidding (edited by Astrid de Ronde)


Setlist Gazpacho:

Algorithm (Intro)
Park Bench
Choir Of Ancestors
The Walk Part 1
The Walk Part 2
Defense Mechanism
The Wizard Of Altai Mountains
Death Room
Hell Freezes Over III
Hell Freezes Over IV
Know Your Time
Winter Is Never
Chequered Light Billings (Buildings)
Upside Down
Molok Rising
Encores:
Desert Flight
Vera

Line up Gazpacho:

Jan Henrik Ohme:
lead vocals
Thomas Andersen:
keyboards and melodica
Jon Arne Vilbo:
guitars and ukulele
Mikael KrÝmer:
violin, guitars and mandolin
Kristian Torp:
bass and tuba
Lars Erik Asp:
drums and percussion

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Iamthemorning

Setlist:


Scotland
Touching II
Romance
5/4
To Human Misery
Would This Be
Os Lunatum
K.O.S.


Line up:


Philipp Saulin: violin
Mikhail Ignatov: cello
Gleb Kolyadin: keyboards and piano
Marjana Semkina: lead vocals

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