March 30, 2018 - Willem Twee Poppodium, Den Bosch (NL)
The Italian Barock Project already made a first appearance in the Netherlands one year ago at Cultuurpodium Boerderij in Zoetermeer. It was during Progdreams VI, when the performance seemed somewhat incoherent. The reason for that was that the line up had not been together for such a long time. They had to practise more often to become an real strong live unit. With two new concerts in our country it was easy for me to choose the venue which was the closest my home town. I had good memories of the Willem Twee Poppodium in Den Bosch so that was the place to see if the band had improved their live presentation.
The band started off energetically and it soon became clear that the musicians were much better prepared and anticipated than last year. Especially lead singer and front man Alex Mari made a very convincing impression now. He had to do the vocal honours last year after a relatively short preparation, with the necessary nerves. Now there was a great singer who had mastered the complex repertoire very well. He also proved to be a gifted stage personality who knew how to whip up the audience and inspires his fellow musicians. But also the other guys on stage blew me away with their musicianship. Wow this was a really well oiled machine on stage who knew how to entertain a crowd and at the same time play their music perfectly. With a good sound on and off stage it was a must to see the band play songs from their released albums. It was obvious that most of the performed material came from their most recent offerings. For those fans mentioning Detachment (2017, see review) and Skyline (2015, see review) as their favourite Barock Project albums, they certainly had a wonderful concert evening. Many compositions from those releases could be heard and were done in a excellent way. I am not going to name any favourites because each song I enjoyed the best possible way.
The audience in Den Bosch also loved the bands concert. Because they greeted the bands beautiful performance with great enthusiasm. That's why the band rewarded them with an extra song during the encore. Not only did they play a fine version of The Longest Sigh but when they returned the second time on stage they did an even better performance of Roadkill. A song which was already played during the first set. I guess the band had not practiced enough songs and therefore decided to do this title one more time. After that the lights went on and everybody left the venue with a big smile on their faces. Because they had witnessed one of the best concerts of 2018 so far without any doubt!
Henri Strik (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)
Setlist Barock Project:
Happy To See You
My Silent Sea
The Longest Sigh
Barock Project by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Barock Project:(left to right)
keyboards, acoustic guitar and vocals
acoustic guitar and lead vocals
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