art, travel

Travel as Art

A man said Why,

why does traveling

in cars and in trains make him feel sad,

a beautiful sadness.

I’ve felt this before.

It’s the people in the cities

you’ll never know,

it is everything you pass by,

wondering

will you ever

return.

~ The Innocence Mission, Song About Traveling

 

 
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Woman On A Bus, Durango, Mexico, 2014
 

 
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yann, not yanni

my favorite french musician, yann tiersen, came to dallas (of all places) a few weeks ago.

he is best known for composing the amelie soundtrack, but his repertoire is comprehensive and complex.

tiersen does it all;  from traditional french accordion compositions, to classical violin melodies… he even performs pop, rock, and hip hop.

this show was mostly his hard rock stylings, and ethereal post-rock, violin infused atmospheres.

it was a real bonus as well to have local favorite doug burr opening for yann…

doug is a folk artist, with a southern tinge.  his melodies are hypnotic and lyrics thoughtful.

yann came out with force behind strings…

he even played the mouth accordion.

it was such a treat to see yann tiersen live.  to have him come to dallas, texas… i still can’t believe it.

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2010

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high country avetts

one of our reasons for dropping by telluride last week was that the avett brothers were playing a free show in the mountain village on wednesday.  i’ve grown to really enjoy their music over the years.  but what’s the best about the avetts is their live performance.

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i’ve shot and written about this band numerous times, so i feel like i’m just beating the drum here, but their intensity is no joke.

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you just have to see them live.

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one thing they did mention a few times was that they were really feeling the altitude.  telluride mountain village is well over 10,000 ft.  and though their music lacked no heart, it wasn’t as spot-on as they usually are.  but no matter.  i still enjoyed it thoroughly.

if you ever have the chance, GO SEE THIS BAND.  you will not regret it.

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2009

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¡blind pilot!

on the drive up to telluride from vermejo last week, bd introduced me to the band blind pilot.  i was immediately drawn to their almost rain-like delicacy.  they are a very talented bunch hailing from one of my favorite cities in the world, portland, oregon.

well, much to our surprise, walking around town our first night in telluride, we noticed a concert poster at wizard stating that blind pilot was in town and playing tuesday night at the sheridan opera house, a fantastically intimate, historical venue.

we did not hesitate.  we immediately bought tickets.  my ticket number:  001.  and i’m quite proud of that.

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so tuesday night rolled around, and my heart was immediately melted when blind pilot lit up the stage with their brilliant set.

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it’s rare that i get to say this, but they were better live than they are on the album.  and that’s not to say the album is somehow sub-par… it’s not.

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they have a warmth and sunshine along with their pitter-patter rain dance that truly warmed me to the core.  i felt fuzzy inside.  but not in a cheap, lame way.  wholesome, but edgy.  a band of relative contradictions.  i highly recommend…

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2009

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we are the swarm

unfortunately, i wasn’t able to make it down to austin last week for sxsw.  however, all was not lost.  dallas reaps some of the benefits of south-by simply due to proximity.  so, when andrew bird came to town sunday night, i got a little taste of what makes the annual music showcase so special.

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haley bonar opened for andrew, and brought a fresh, poppy, singer-songwriter sound.

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andrew bird just might be the most talented musician i have ever seen live.  it seems as though he thinks in terms of rhythm and sound textures.

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and his lyrics are so technical and scientific, i sometimes feel that i’m in a trippy, high school biology class.  it’s great.

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i tried to shoot some video, but handheld proved to be less than ideal.  regardless, here are a few short clips i strung together…

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2009

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