Gig Review:
Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise
The Crypt, St. Giles Centre, 81 Camberwell Church St., London SE5,
Friday 11th June 2004, 8pm
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Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise, from L: Steve Lodder, keys, Asaf Sirkis, drums, and special guest John Parricelli,
guitar (standing in for regular Mike Outram)
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Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise
Jazz Live at The Crypt
ST GILES CENTRE
81 CAMBERWELL CHURCH STREET
CAMBERWELL, LONDON, SE5
http://www.jazzlive.co.uk/


Featuring:

Asaf Sirkis - drums
Steve Lodder - keyboards
Special Guest:
John Parricelli - guitar
(for Mike Outram)




Date of Review: 2004-06-14

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Drum maestro Asaf Sirkis

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Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise - somewhere deep in inner space


From Inner Noise, Deep Into Inner Space
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John Parricelli

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Asaf Sirkis - incomparable!

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Steve Lodder - lost in music


The intimate, appealingly semi-grotty The Crypt of St. Giles', Camberwell, has an attractive dungeon-like feel to it. The lighting, a notch or so dimmer even than usual at clubs, greatly enhanced the atmosphere of deep isolation. An enthusiastic crowd had already gathered outside well in advance of opening time and was waiting in apparent eager anticipation.

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Asaf Sirkis, somewhere in a near-infinite soundscape

What better setting could one possibly ask for for the intensely inner space kind of musical extravaganza ahead by Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise! This place made it easy to quickly and completely ignore, nay forget, your physical surroundings and immerse yourself totally in the experience of the inner noise, of inner space, that lay ahead.

Special guest John Parricelli, a guitarist of first rank in his own right, was tonight standing in for regular Inner Noise guitarist Mike Outram, a role that Parricelli is obviously very much at home in and that he fulfilled with greatest of ease.

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Asaf Sirkis, John Parricelli - the intensity builds up, and up!

The material played by Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise tonight consisted of selections from their album, Inner Noise, and new material that hopefully should lead to a new album soon.

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Almost nothing however could have prepared you for the intensity of the performance of Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise, the intensity of their music, and the intensity of this experience. For live especially, Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise are not just a band, they are an absolutely breathtaking experience. Right from the start, the intensity was simply phenomenal, and it just kept on building up and up.

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Asaf Sirkis - man and traps as one

The tension was palpable, almost unbearable at times, only to be relieved by a brief timely resolution now and then. The vast soundscapes, so familiar from the Inner Noise album, that Asaf Sirkis kept unfolding here, both through the whole ensemble and extensive solos, not least through the vast palette that he draws from his own traps, kept growing in expansiveness and intensity, drawing you completely into the vastness of this canvas. If your mind was truly open, you were totally drawn in by this inner noise, drawn into the darkest corners of your inner space. Infinity focusing raised to the nth degree, an acid trip on steroids, none could open the doors of your perception as wide as this amazing experience with Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise. This was music on a cosmic scale.

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Steve Lodder, Asaf Sirkis, and John Parricelli

The interval came as a welcome break and almost relief from such intensity and steeled you for the ever greater build-up of high tension and intensity of the second set. Almost.

The overall ensemble playing of Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise was nothing short of telepathic and spectacular, the soloing no less spectacular and sparkling with sheer brilliance. With all three of this phenomenal trio, it was impossible to tell where man ended and instrument began.

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Asaf Sirkis showed yet again what a drum phenomenon, a drum genius, he really is and why he's taken the British jazz scene and beyond by storm since settling in London. You could quite happily listen to a drum solo by Sirkis for hours and stay utterly gob smacked. It's no surprise that even some of the veterans of fusion have started to show an interest and asked him to play with them, such as guitar maestro Larry Coryell, and he is of course constantly kept busy also as the engine of the rhythm section of already legendary band Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble. Church organ and keyboard supremo Steve Lodder likewise was nothing short of sheer magic on his synth, as indeed was John Parricelli on his guitar, proving himself a more than worthy "stand-in" for Mike Outram.

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Steve Lodder, Asaf Sirkis - a palpable tension and intensity
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John Parricelli
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Steve Lodder
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Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise - going boldly where no fusion has gone before

Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise raise fusion to a completely new level and take it into uncharted territory way beyond the "old" fusion of the 1960s and 70s. Sirkis is the greatest fusion innovator since Miles Davis himself, make no mistake. This music doesn't even start with a bright idea, it just flows from far deeper within and goes where it wants, where it needs to. And takes you with it, to the vast expanses of inner space.

This performance by Asaf Sirkis & The Inner Noise was just sensational and a totally mind-blowing experience.


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