7.03.2008

The Rocket Factory Rooftop; Discovery Pwrfl Power

Pwrfl Power
Francois Virot
Ramona Cardova

Ok….I waited two years to see Ramona Cordova. Unfortunately it was miss not hit. I’ve only heard raves so this was an off night, due mainly to touring tragedies and mishaps. The mood didn’t strike him, as the audience tried to show him love. He just wasn’t feeling it. I guess it is hard playing in the dark and being exhausted. Bad shit happens to musicians on the road. His truck broke down with all his belongings in another state, lost his cellphone that day and the list goes on……… Although I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Ramon, I would have loved to see him at his best. Hope things get better, I love his music.

The weather was beautiful and a warm breeze filled the night air. The scenic view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge were breathtaking.

Opening was The Spookfish a one man composer who creates moodscapes with beats on Casio and laptop. Listening to the sound on the rooftop was ideal. Ending the set with “Reef Gecko” that he composed on a plane ride from Florida the night before. Nice…

Pwful Power (Kaz Nomura) was the delightful surprise of the evening. He just recently moved to Brooklyn from Seattle. He stood with electric guitar and began each song with a story or one-line set up. I laughed throughout the whole set.

One song he started by pointing directly to a group of people in the crowd saying “I like your jacket”. Everyone then turned from side to side looking for a jacket on the warm night. How could he see us it was dark? Then the song began. You got a nice jacket / the best jacket in my town / can I have it for my birthday/.

Another selection “Let Me Teach You How To Hold Chopsticks”. / Your so pretty and holding them wrong / My dad used to beat me up because I was holding them wrong / and I don’t want to beat you up / because your so pretty / your so pretty / but your holding them wrong /.

His amusing phrases have layers of irreverent philosophical humor that you got to get to fully appreciate. Part of the charm is his childlike delivery. He’s a hoot but more. He is dynamic musician with cool guitar moves blending classical fused with jazz, extreme abandon of abstracted scales, with scattered dissonant chord arrangements.

Bought his CD and a homemade sponge for three bucks that his Grandmother made. So charmingly sweet!

Francois Virot, like Ramon, was suffering from tour exhaustion and illness as well, but gave it his best shot. It was a rather disorganized scattered set. His voice was about to go at any minute. So his usual coughs and grunts and frenetic vocal styling was heard in all its glory but with a more hoarse and strained quality. I bought a tape of Yes or No, but can’t find a tape player that works. The recordings sound soooo good. Have to wait for the release.
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