year ago I did the cover photos for Manuela Lærke's second
album, ManuLand (see the photo session here),
so I'm familiar with her two albums, but I had never experienced her live at stage.
So I looked foreward to seeing her perform at Jazzhouse.
light was too weak to make proper photos, so I had to use the flash at least to
get some pictures.
But the room was fully enlighened by the strong
and spiritual aura of charismatic stage personality, Manuela Lærke!
She gave us a mix of songs from her two albums, one cover version (Killing
Me Softly), and a guest apperence by her close friend and spiritual sister
Susi Hyldgaard. Swan Lee keyboard-player Jonas
Berg proved, much to my surprise, to be an excellent jazz pianoplayer.
Though that I'm not into neither jazz nor gospel, Manuela's
fusion of the music styles is very sussecfull. Like Norah Jones
and Malene Mortensen (see photos here),
she manages to open a door to the universe of jazz and gospel to me. The choir
deserves a remark for their excellent vocals.
the musicians with love and power, and gave some very personal comments in between
the songs. I liked the way that she variated the level of her voice, making a
moving and passionate impression.
At the bottom of this page you can see
some backstage portraits of Manuela and Susi Hyldgaard.
to Manuels for the set list)
The Set List:
01. It Is His Love
02. Love Is Still To Come
05. That's Al Right
06. How It Is
07. Amazing (What A Little Love Can
08. Nice We Don't Have To
- - Intermission - -
09. Killing Me
11. Praise Your Name
12. Yes Lord
13. So Very Still
14. Flying Backwards
16. Trust In Him
- - Encore - -
17. Reason To Believe
Manuela Lærke: vo
Jonas Berg: p, keyb
Morten Ærø: dm
Hyldgaard: p on 14, 15 and 16
Ida Anhøj: choir
Mills : choir
Maja F. Ranten: choir
Mads Enggaard: choir
Øst Hansen: choir on 07, 08, 17 and 18
choir on 07, 08, 17 and 18
by Eric Klitgaard © 2005
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