Monday, November 12, 2007

Múm w/ Torngat @ The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, November 9th, 2007

If you ever get the chance to see Múm in a 19th-century Catholic church, you simply have to go. I will accept no exceptions. With high ceilings and a long spacious hall, the reverb and acoustics were gorgeous (I'm pretty sure most of Neon Bible by Arcade Fire was recorded in a church, if you want a sound comparison). Also, with the spiritual setting, the performers are inspired to put on an extra special performance (one member of Múm was hospitalized the night before, but insisted on playing, because of the unique venue). The place was so packed with Mummies (my term for Múm fans ;) that there wasn't any pew space, and I had to stand on the side! But no matter.. it was well worth it! Gorgeous!

Also.. opener Torngat, an instrumental three-piece from Montreal, was quite excellent. This was their first show in New York and they really proved their worthiness on this bill. Sound wise, they kind of remind me of Sufjan Stevens (although Carl will disagree...) but a little more rocking, and without all of the silly costumes and gradiose attitude or vocals. Worth a listen...
Following Torngat, was a solo cello performance by Jihyun Kim, which rounded the bill with some classical pieces by Bach and Gyorgy Ligeti, played acoustically and memorized by this Juliard trained musician. Impressive.

1 comment:

Bogo said...

It wasn't a Múm band member who was hospitalized the night before, it was the Chelo player that opened, remember?