Concert Review: Ian Anderson At Place Des Arts

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Its syncopated melodies really embed themselves in your head. Its fast-paced tempo makes sure youare tapping along for days after youave heard it on loop. It also complements the personality of Mega Man 2 perfectly. 4. Secret Weapons Over Normandy Main Theme, composed by Michael Giacchino: This score is a Second World War masterpiece. It perfectly captures the classic film scores of 1940-1950s airborne wartime films. In particular, this track is a throwback to Ron Goodwin and his 633 Squadron main theme, one of my favourite film scores. The brass is epic, and the orchestration is fascinating a down to a gong-roll and low brass flutter tongue at the beginning which actually feels like a plane engine! 3. Gerudo Valley From The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, composed by Koji Kondo: This is a very propulsive theme, very simple and elegant in its structure. Originally, the track has heavy Spanish flamenco influences. For Symphony of the Goddesses, I was able to take the track and turn it into a gigantic fanfare. 2. Ballad of the Goddess, from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: This melody is absolutely gorgeous and infectious. The theme is actually Princess Zeldaas classic theme played backwards and re-harmonized.

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There were at least two clear signs of passing time at Ian Anderson’s near-sold-out concert at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts Tuesday night: one was the weakened state of his voice – a problem that has clearly worsened over the past decade. The other was that Thick As a Brick now comes with its own public-service announcement for prostate health. But this being an Anderson show, even the prostate pitch was delivered with humour (an audience member, a rubber glove and an examination conducted in silhouette were involved). And that wasn’t the only bit of fun: the performance of the entire 1972 album-length song by Jethro Tull and its 2012 sequel, Thick As a Brick 2, was brightened by theatrical touches, inventive video illustrations and a great sense of joie de vivre from Anderson and band. (Lest we forget, Anderson has always maintained that TAAB was a parody of progressive rock.) It was an ambitious project. This was only the second time the piece has been played in full on tour, the first being when Jethro Tull were on the road promoting it 41 years ago. After that, it surfaced on stage only in edited versions – until last year when Anderson worked up the whole opus again with his current band. He was, by then, the only original Jethro Tull member involved. Tuesday night’s 50-minute performance of the classic-rock staple was pulled off marvelously – although it was apparent from the opening moments that Anderson would struggle heroically, but unsuccessfully, with the higher notes. An even poorer-than-usual sound mix in the generally dodgy concert hall only served to bury whatever presence his voice had. It was, therefore, a blessing that the Tull chief ceded half the vocals to 30-year-old Ryan O’Donnell, who also provided lighthearted antics. Apart from the problematic pipes, however, Anderson was firing on all cylinders, demonstrating impressive physical stamina and the light, lyrical touches on flute that have always made the Tull sound so distinctive.

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