Sun 10 Feb – Kaki King, Habiba
Until a few days ago, just before a friend of me at 3voor12.nl notified me of the concert of Kaki King
, I had my harp moved from my moms place to mine. I never heard of Kaki King or Habiba. If so, I'd probably had my harp moved to my new home way earlier; to make spheric music (like Kaki does) on my harp (like Habiba).
But no, before this notification, I thought of Khaki as a colour. Besides that, the only modern times harpist I knew was Joanna Newsom
, and maybe Coco Rosie
for playing the troubadour harp a bit. Since I (used to) play the harp myself, this woman called Habiba attracted me. I saw her harp with blue, white and red hooks and I thought: I want to go there. Kaki made me buy the ticket with her pretty video "Playing with pink noise" (see: [video artist=Kaki King]+1-_wsFeXWc82Y[/video]).
I was at Bitterzoet far too early, so I took a glass of beer and waited. Suddenly she was there, uncertain as she was. The harp I had been hoping for, wasn't there. It was the "regular" concert harp. Concert harps have pedals to adjust the tones in which the snares are tuned, which makes it a more comfortable type of harp to play difficult pieces, if not: the only ones.
Habiba seemed to be so shy! She reminded me of Joanna Newsom, also being very grateful for every applause and shouts. Her voice is totally different though, compared to Joanna's voice, yet still beautiful. Her melody lines put a magical silence in the venue, which astonished herself aswell.
Habiba's harp playing is really smooth, and as far as I can judge correctly, technically accurate. She doesn't use a single style in playing, but really doesn't overdo it as one might expect from a harpist playing popular music. I guess it won't be just this concert I'll visit.
It all ended well, and the crowd changed the sweet Habiba for a grumpy, cynical Kaki. I like cynical people, but her face was like her eyebrows were concentrating on casting thunderstorms in a peaceful valley. It reminded me of something Henk Westbroek
mentioned (could also be Herman Brood
) that real artists have that expression on their face like they have to do a good shit whilst performing. She looked like she could release a bunger or four so I just considered she was concentrating on all the chords, loops, slaps and sings she had to produce in the coming 1 1/2 hour.
And did it take concentration! I mean we as the audience had it easy! It was a real pleasure listening and looking. But she produced something that was, if you dared to close your eyes, really stimulating to get into some weird sort of trance. Especially the stuff from her Day Dreamer ep (which easily sold out during
the concert, how odd) was really soundscape alike, an ambient
sort off thing. And even though I might have been easier for her to play (I am even less into guitars than I am into harps) these songs were the prettiest I have heard. Off course, the song of the video Pink Noise (or something) came along, spectacular. But I really liked her for not being too much of a show off creep (and showing human behaviour, such as: complaining about the quality of the wine and the thing called Encore). After a song or three, she actually started to smile. I like her style as I do fancy Erin McKeown
(my current favourite as it comes to female guitar players) for her energetic play.
The high point of the evening was her performance of Elliot Smith
s' Angeles, which reminded me how stunningly beautiful the song actually is, and of course, once again: how good miss King is. Which is: amazing!
Kaki King: 8,5/10