Anima Mundi

October 27, 2018 - Parkvilla Theater, Alphen a/d Rijn (NL)


It almost becomes a tradition that every two years the Cuban progressive rock act Anima Mundi comes to Europe for concerts. The Netherlands are as always one of the several countries they visits. For the second time in their career they came to Alphen aan de Rijn to do a concert for Serious Music Alphen. Two years ago they played at the Parktheater to promote their at the time new album I Me Myself (see review). The album introduced lead singer Michel Bermudez. But as you know in two years many things can change. In the meantime the Parktheater has been renamed into Parkvilla and the band has gone through a line up change again. The band is again fronted by a new face. This time around it is Aivis Prieto behind the microphone to promote their new album Insomnia.
 

The show the band did on a Saturday evening was the last one in a serious concert venue before they would return to their country a couple of days later. So I expected a well oiled machine, which could entertain their audience all the way through their two sets and final encore. Well this was certainly the case and the biggest complement
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Aivis Prieto
has to be given to the earlier mentioned Prieto. He had been seriously sick the last couple of days before the band gave their second concert in the Netherlands during the Insomnia tour. But as Queen already sang; 'The Show Must Go On'! So Aivis didn't let their fans down and with some medication he managed to give a fine performance.

A performance which started with a first set, which was mainly focused on their new release. Five of the nine album tracks taken from the new album could already be enjoyed. The remaining album tracks from Insomnia were done after the break. Probably many people in the audience had to get familiar with the new tunes as well. Because the album had just been released and most of the fans just bought it before or after the concert. The other two compositions during the first set were taken from its predecessor I Me Myself. During the fine renditions of Flowers and Somewhere I noticed that the new vocalist didn't have problems singing the lines of his predecessor. As for the new material performed, it became clear that they sounded more energetic compared to the more clean studio versions.

This was also the case during the second set, which was brilliantly opened with a track taken from The Lamplighter (2013, see review). While listening to Dream Child Behind The Mask, it became clear that the bands new singer also could handle the songs which were on the album originally sung by Emmanuel Pirko-Farrath. He has a deeper and darker voice compared to all the other singers who used to be in the band before. But for Aivis it wasn't a problem at all. So once again bravo! Highlights during this second set were without doubt the two tracks taken from the earlier mentioned I Me Myself. Train To Future and Lone Rider are
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Anima Mundi on stage @ Parkvilla Theater

beautiful compositions which show the pure progressive rock style of the band, just as you can hear on the third highlight Time To Understand. They have less jazz elements as on New Tribe's Totem and The Wheel Of Days, which were also done during the second set. Special was most of all the performance of Her Song. A kind of melodic ballad on Insomnia, which is a tribute to one of the closest friends of the band who died at a very young age, very unexpected. She wrote the lyrics for this heartbreaking song.

After the second set the band once again entered the stage to do a final encore. An encore which isn't a surprise for most of the fans. As always Cosmic Man ends an Anima Mundi concert. A song on which most of all Yaroski Corredera can show all of his talents during his bass solo. But also Marco Alonso is during this piece of music for a very short moment in the spotlight, with a short solo performed on his drum kit. And as always some of the people in the audience forget that at the end of the song comes a amazing guitar solo by band member Roberto Díaz. They start applauding as if the song has ended. But that's of course not the case. They probably also forget that some beautiful keyboard parts of Virginia Peraza can be enjoyed as well. I guess it isn't that important because those things happen all the time during concerts.

Looking back on this year's concert of Anima Mundi I can only be positive about it. Because they once again tried hard to entertain their many fans. Even though I had hoped to hear some of their older tunes and less focused on the new album, they brought a smile to my face with their wonderful music. And that's how it has to be!

Henri Strik (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)


Live video
recordings

   Henri & Roel Strik

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Citadel (13:05)
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The Dream Child Behind The Mask (10:01)
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Somewhere (12:10)

Setlist Anima Mundi:

Set 1
Citadel
Flowers
Nine Swans
Electric Credo
The Hunter
Somewhere
Insomnia
Set 2
The Dream Child Behind The Mask
New Tribe's Totem
The Wheel Of Days
Her Song
Train To Future
Lone Rider
Time to Understand
Encore:
Cosmic Man



Pictures Anima Mundi by Arthur Haggenburg

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Line up Anima Mundi:

(left to right)
Roberto Díaz:
guitars and backing vocals
Virginia Peraza:
keyboards and backing vocals
Aivis Prieto:
lead vocals and guitars
Yaroski Corredera:
bass guitar
Marco Alonso:
drums and saxophone
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