Komara & O.R.k

February 17, 2016
Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer (NL)

First, I would like to apologize because this concert review is a bit shorter than my earlier concert reviews. The most important reason is that I was actually completely caught up in the music of both bands, and because of that I totally forgot to make notes during the gigs.


Paolo Raineri and David Kollar (r)
The opening band of the evening was Komara, a trio featuring Pat Mastelotto, David Kollar and Paolo Raineri. When Pat Mastelotto introduced the band to the audience he told the audience that the band name is a combination of their last names. Mastelotto used a lot of drum and sound triggers while playing. The bands musical style is very experimental and ambient-like music with spiced-up moments. David Kollar used a lot of guitar effects on his guitar and also used an unusually shaped bow from time to time. Paolo Raineri played on a trumpet and also used a lot of effects. Sometimes he even 'sings' in the microphone to propel a certain sound. I'll have to admit that I really enjoyed their performance and I hope that this band will tour more often!


The first thing I noticed when the band started to play was the fact that bassist Colin Edwin and guitarist Carmelo Pipitone were standing far back on the stage, leaving a big space between the band members and the audience. Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari (better known as Lef) was positioned on the far left side on the
O.R.k on stage
stage (right side for the audience), while drummer Pat Mastelotto was positioned on the other side. Indeed a very strange line-up. When the band was playing, their line up really 'suited' the atmosphere of the music. Lef used some sort of transmitter communication device from time to time. Pipitone is a very energetic guitarist who left his position most often to entertain the audience or to communicate with Pat. Edwin is a tremendous bass player, his technique is not comparable to that of other bass players. The music they played was beautiful and could be described as a good mix of hard rock, even metal-like parts but also very ambient and serene music. Lef is a wonderful singer as well and carries a lot of emotion in his voice. Colin was the person on stage who spoke the most to the audience in between the songs they performed. He thanked the audience, was telling stories about the band/music and even made some small jokes. Before the encore started, Pat told the audience that this venue was the best place in Europe. The gig of O.R.k. was sadly very short because it was a bit longer than an hour, and that's because they only have one album of course. I really hope that this band will bring out more amazing albums and will tour again soon!

Iris Hidding (edited by Robert James Pashman)

Pictures Komara by Iris Hidding

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Line up Komara:

(left to right)
Pat Mastelotto:
drums, percussion and drum triggers
Paolo Raineri:
trumpet and effects
David Kollar:
guitars and effects

Setlist O.R.k.:

No Need
Dream of Black Dust
Bed of Stones
Funny Games

Pictures O.R.k. by Iris Hidding

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Line up O.R.k.:

(left to right)
Pat Mastelotto:
drums, percussion and drum triggers
Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari:
vocals, keyboards and effects
Colin Edwin:
bass guitar
Carmelo Pipitone:

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