16 maggio 2019

Appuntamento oggi al King's Place per il debutto londinese di Granite, lo splendido lavoro di Kate Westbrook ambientato negli emozionanti paesaggi rocciosi di Dartmoor, che da lì si estendono lungo il tratto sud-occidentale della costa dell'Inghilterra fino a Bodmin Moor, Carnmenellis, Land's End e le Isole Sorlinghe. Le musiche sono di Mike Westbrook, e la formazione in concerto è la stessa dell'omonimo album: Kate, Mike, Roz Harding, Jesse Molins, Matthew North, Billie Bottle e Coach York.

Andy Robson lo ha recensito per Jazzwise: "Granite is an evocation of all things granitic as found amid the unforgiving Dartmoor landscape. Granite could be seen as a counterpoint to Alice Oswald’s Dart poems: Westbrook’s songs of obduracy, immovability and timelessness contrasting with Oswald’s poems of fluidity and flux.The passage of time may bring constraints to performance - ‘I am restrained’ Westbrook sigh-sings on ‘Winter’ - but it also brings affordances: she can rock out (all pun’s intended) on the opening energies of ‘Tracks of Desire’, but be yearning personified on ‘Curlew Cry’. Her sung-spoken, cabaret style cracks open ‘Spread-Eagled’, with Harding’s keening tone superb, as it is throughout.Westbrook's is a voice for winter, exile, anger: but also for love and prophecy. Mike Westbrook’s settings leave that voice unrelentingly in our presence, while the addition of found sounds reflecting from granite surfaces further propels the ritualistic, ever re-cycling patterns of these songs into mythic proportions. Like A Lark Ascending, Granite etherializes into an aery nothingness, as the Westbrooks dissolve into nature itself. On the climactic ‘Yearning Bird’, Mike Westbrook’s chords decay beneath Kate’s voicings as her whistled fragment of ‘Let’s Face the Music’ fades into wind sigh and bird song. Magical."