of: Pete Lockett's Network of Sparks ft. Bill Bruford
Rhythm Sticks Festival, Live at South Bank,
Review from: RHYTHM
If you weren't at this second night of the awesome Rhythm Sticks festival, you should have been. Peter Lockett and Bill Bruford's Network of Sparks was an inspired
collaboration. It took a few numbers to grow on me, but by the time the interval came, the
band were really starting to fire with a piece entitled 'Prism'
by Pierre Favre. It started and ended with a furiously fast
break played in unison by the band, and featured a wonderfully fluid solo from Bruford on
the kit, and a rumba-influenced djembe/conga solo from Nana Tsiboe.
First up after the interval was a wonderful piece of musical
theatre entitled 'Travel Light' by Lockett. All five
musicians (add Johnny Kalsi and Simon
Limbrick) crowded around one marimba, each of them with a pair of beaters. From
silence they built up a cascading 12/8 melody, awash with mood and spirit. Lockett and
Tsiboe then broke off, playing tabla and talking drum respectively. Lockett is a master
percussionist in the true sense of the word - as adept with Octobans as he is with a
djembe. And his tabla playing is exquisite, matched equally by his skills on the kanjira.
'Crooked Path', Kalsi really started grooving on the dhol.
For the finale he was joined by two members of his Dhol Foundation;
if you've never heard a real dhol groove, then your rhythmic life is incomplete. Limbrick
added a wonderful marimba off-beat, Bruford glided effortlessly around his electronic kit,
Lockett rocked his enormous rig, and Tsiboe soloed deliciously on djembe. Proof positive
that drummers simply love making a noise.
RETURN TO INTERVIEWS /
PRESS MAIN PAGE
Click here to return to
the Network of Sparks page