Saturday, 14 June 2014 15:55 | Written by Michel Scheijen |
BAND: TANGERINE DREAM
TOUR: PHAEDRA FAREWELL TOUR
GENRE: ELECTRONIC ROCK, PROGRESSIVE ROCK
LOCATION: DE VEREENIGING
CITY: NIJMEGEN, THE NETHERLANDS
The pioneers of electronic (rock) music are going to retire from the stage. Legendary Edgar Froese has decided that his electronic institution Tangerine Dream will undertake its last tour, and will only perform on special occasions in the near future.
The so called ‘Phaedra Farewell Tour’ (linked on their breakthrough album ‘Phaedra’ from 1974) is the bands final live statement based on almost 45 years of electronic music experience.
Just one small view at the stage set will get every Tangerine Dream-fanatic or synthi-nerd exited. An impressive selection of state of the art gear with pulsing lights and shining buttons. It kind of matches with the mayestic ambience of the Vereening in Nijmegen. Know for its excellent sound reproduction.
After some minutes of hearing waves washing in on the beach the band suddenly appears on stage. Edgar Froese is accompanied by Thorsten Quaeschning (keyb.), Linda Spa (sax, flute, keyb.), Iris Camaa (percussion), and Hoshiko Yamane (violin, cello). A continual live line-up since 2011.
As announced the band performs an anthology of their entire carreer divided in two sets. The first set kicks off with ‘Odd Welcome’ followed by the thrilling ‘Burning The Bad Seal’ from their latest game score ‘GTA 5’. Then it’s time for some well known tunes: ‘The Midnight Trail’, ‘Sorcerer Theme’, ‘Song Of The Whale’ (first part only) and the shortcut ‘Hyper Sphinx’. Between this classic stuff there’s enough attention for fresh concoctions : ‘Twilight In Abidjan’, ‘Hermaphrodite’ and the devastating ‘Sleeping Watches Snoring In Silence’.
After a short break Iris Camaa opens the second set with a dance performance during ‘Josephine The Mouse Singer’. An enigmatic track from the forthcoming, limited cupdisc of the same name. Happily her face is covered by a white mask so nobody gets irritated by her persistent sniggering.
The contradiction between the vintage and the recent stuff is that present material maybe is a bit predictable. Anyway, the new stuff sure has its briliant moments and no one can deny that the band is still on the cutting edge of electronic music.
An extract from the timeless ‘Logos’ leads again to a cargo of very tasty classics: ‘Alchemy Of The Heart’, ‘Warsaw In the Sun’, ‘Oriental Haze’, Three Bikes In The Sky’, and ‘Das Mächen Auf Der Treppe’. A retrospective showcase of TD’s more approachable period in the 80’s and 90’s.
One notable aspect of a present Tangerine Dream-gig is that most of the music is actually played live. Sure, there’s a lot of programming and sequencing, but the main themes are played manually by Edgar or Thorsten. Even the configuration of Froese’s gear can be viewed from stage by a giant LCD-screen. Irresisteble eye candy for gear fanatics!
The second set is closed by with ‘Trauma’ from ‘Autumn In Hiroshima’. An enervating piece of music, but it can’t restrain a demanding for the supreme moment.
Fortunally, there’s an encore! The always adorable Linda Spa touches gently the strings of a digital sitar when finally the crowd goes mad after hearing the intro sequence of ‘Phaedra 2005’. An uplifting 2.0 version pimped with pounding percussion, a smashing sequence, and a sampled Mellotron. The ultimate peak where the all fans have been waiting for.
An adaption of Arcangelo Corelli’s ‘La Fiola’ marks Froese’s passion for basso continuo. Violist Hoshiko Yamane receives her minutes of fame by playing multy layered harmonies with Edgar Froese. However, it’s an odd and far too long piece that quickly gets on your nerves. ‘The Silver Boots Of Bartlett Green’ ends the concert in a more traditional TD-fashion with various melodies, indefinable moods and captious rhythm changes.
With this glorious performance we say goodbye to one the most profilic bands in het history of contemporary, electronic music. “For those about to dream, we salute you.”
01. Odd Welcome
02. Burning The Bad Seal
03. The Midnight Trail
04. ‘Sorcerer’ Theme
05. Twilight In Abidjan
07. Sleeping Wathes Snoring In Silence
08. Song Of The Whale-Part One: From Dawn…
09.Horizon (Warsaw Gate Mix)
11. Josephine The Mouse Singer
12. Logos (Extract)
13. Alchemy Of The Heart
14. Grind (from ‘Sorcerer’)
15. Warsaw In The Sun
16. Oriental Haze
17. Three Bikes In The Sky
18. Das Mächen Auf Der Treppe
19. Marmontel Riding On A Clef
21. Phaedra 2005
22. Arcangelo Corelli’s ‘La Fiola’
23. The Silver Boots Of Bartlett Green
Pics by Wynand Heckers