Church Of The Trinity, Fri Feb 20
Jo Quail stands alone on the Trinity stage with just an electric cello, an effects rack, and a looping machine and proceeds to mesmerise her audience with almost two hours of gentle, beguiling music. Her use of loops is not to build up a barrage of impenetrable sound, but rather to add subtle textures to a colourful musical landscape. There are some more uptempo numbers to add variety, but generally the music is minimalist and enchanting.
Her pieces are self-composed and she takes some time to explain their origins. She is not totally comfortable with the microphone but despite this her friendly personality shines through. She plays tracks from her latest self-produced CD Caldera as well as from an earlier From The Sea.
This is her first visit to Adelaide, but anyone who has witnessed her playing will want her to return soon. A master class for musicians interested in cello or looping, but anyone interested in an evening of exquisite music should head to the Church Of The Trinity in Goodwood for the remaining performance.
Jo Quail (UK) performs at The Church Of The Trinity from 7.30pm until Sat Feb 21.
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