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12th Low Bap Festival

12th Low Bap Festival – 28, 29, 30 of December 2009 at Gagarin205 live music space, Athens

The 12th Low Bap Festival has been over for a few days now. From 28 until 30 of December we reflected a whole lowbap year which has just passed. As far as it concerns us who organised it, we are feeling satisfied by all things taken place there, being as well fulfilled by the moments we lived, the music we heard and the glances we received. Real Fire…
The first day, the 28th of December, having a great deal of melody and rhythm, contained some surprises as well.
The activities began around 7:30 pm with Costas Anastasiades’ rhythmology seminar. While being rather specialised, the seminar itself was very interesting indeed, plus having Costas Anastasiades with us was a privilege and a blessing. Truly, his way of playing the drums as well as what he says, are being taught at respective schools in Greece but also, and more importantly, abroad. Afterwards, the time had come of screening a documentary shot by Lefteris Fylactos named B.D.Foxmoor, an active member. The documentary had a duration of an hour and worked as pleasant surprise for all the people watching it as well as for us who didn’t expected it to be edited and ready for viewing during our festival. This documentary will also be screened at various Documentary Festivals at their official competitive section.

Later on, Flaco presented some fresh songs of his and introduced us of course his new band. The guys are trying to carry over the feeling of company surrounding them during their jams; instruments like the cajon, the bass, the guitar and the flute are the main ingredients of their show not forgetting of course Flaco’s voice rapping the tracks. It was well worth our attention!! Thomas Siffling’s jazz trio had followed. Their very special sound was certainly diversing from all the things that we were used to listening during a Low Bap Festival. They came here on occasion of a song of them called One hand clapping which will be included on Sadahzinia’s next studio album produced a little bit differently…No words suffice for the musicians as well as for Veronica Harsca; an elf and a voice of an angel…

Right after them, Sadahzinia took her place upon the scene. In attendance of her new music material, she sang us several old and loved songs spanning all through her personal discography. There were a lot of surprises concerning her live performance and a whole new dynamic on the approach of the tracks. Along with her on stage was, naturally, B.D.Foxmoor who was mixing the instrumentals and alternating the sounds of the backing tracks. Costas Anastasiades’ blessed hands were playing the drums during her show while at the same time, she was also accompanied by Jamoan’s guitar and Demetres Kezos’ violin…Demetres was a very important addition to the programme indeed. Taking also in mind that this was his first contact with the songs in question, he was, actually, improvising with a shocking way during their execution. B.D.Foxmoor was the one to follow who called Chnaria, Niko & Stathi (ex-Poedra) and Flaco to join him on the stage; he travelled us for one more time to the dark paths of his mind and to his bright soul. When all the names of Thomas Siffling’s trio, Veronica Harsca, Demetres Kezos, Costas Anastasiades and Jamoan were jamming The Scarecrow, was surely a well emphasised moment and one to keep deep in heart…
On the 29th of December, the second day of the festival, we watched once more the documentary of Lefteris Fylactos based on B.D.Foxmoor. Later on, Stathi & Niko, both ex-members of the group Poedra, got up on stage rapping some fresh and older tracks of them in german. Ramon also performed two new songs which hadn’t been heard before and are not yet recorded. Chnaria was next to enter the scene having a new studio album on their backs and presenting also many older and favourite songs. Dj Moya was a pleasant surprise indeed as he rapped a few verses while standing behind the turntables’ decks. Active Member’s live concert that followed was one of the most beautiful and dynamic that has taken place during the last years. It’s worth being narrated and shared with others by the ones who lived it. Keep it up!

During the third and last day, on the 30th of December, the stage of Gagarin was seized by almost all the Low Bap Warriors. Each of them, with a selection of songs, offered us an idea of those to come as well as of their new propositions and views about lowbap. The festival finished with a dj set enrouted by dj Moya and Brak. The ending of the 12th Low Bap Festival found us both tired and fully loaded with energy. May we endure and have many such events to come…
Photographs taken by Kelly & Mirsini.

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