Sigur Rós

Live at the Taft Theatre

The quartet Amina opened the show tonight, building loops of strings, percussion and other oddities—a saw, a music box, and a laptop to name a few.

My friend joked they were checking their email, but humor took a back seat as we zoned out and let the music carry us through landscapes of sound.

The respectful silence of the crowd during the quiet bits suggested everyone was enjoying the ride.

This set the tone for the headliner, Sigur Rós, emerging behind a veil with simple lights casting exaggerated shadows. Which was fitting as their sound seemed much bigger than the handful of folks making it.

Half the fun was watching how they made their music. A bow on electric guitar, drumming on the bass, Amina providing a backdrop of strings, tied together with vocals that allow thinking about everything and nothing.

A perfect interlude for dramatic weather.

4 comments

  1. I believe they’re playing in Kansas City in the coming weeks. I’ll be sure to catch them 🙂
    Were you allowed to take pictures at the auditorium/wherever or was this a clandestine shot? I wasn’t allowed to at the George Carlin performance but took some anyway!

  2. There was no mention on the ticket Nik, that cameras were not allowed. Judging from the amount of people in the audience using flash, I don’t think it was too much of an issue.
    (I’m always prepared to walk all the way back to my car and return my camera when I go to these events)

  3. I found your blog today by chance.
    I live close to Dayton.
    I was at this exact show.
    Sitting very close to you from what I can tell in the photo.
    I have a video posted of it on my blog.
    See Feb. 17th, 2006 post.
    I will be back to your blog.
    And I will share it with my fiance who is also in love with his beard. :o)

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