Radio One “Worldwide” host Gilles Peterson will be appearing in the US this month! He’ll be performing a DJ set at Cielo Club in New York City on August 18th as part of the Giant Step Thursdays hosted by Giant Step Records. He’ll also be making stops in LA and Chicago (at LIFT and Crimson Lounge, respectively) and a couple in Canada (full list below). You can pick up tickets for the NYC event through TicketFly and they’re only $25!
Peterson is coming off of another successful installment of his “Worldwide Festival” in Sete (South of France) which featured many popular acts in electronic music such as James Blake, Quantic, Flying Lotus, among many more including pop sensation Raphael Saadiq. The next segment of the festival is next month in Singapore. You can check out the line up for that here. For more information on Gilles, check out his website GillesPetersonWorldwide.com.
Full list of DJ set dates-
5th – The Festival on the Other Side, Montenegro
7th – Apple Cart Festival, Victoria Park, London
11th – La Tulipe, Montreal
13th – LIFT, LA
17th – Crimson Lounge, Chicago
18th – Cielo, NYC
20th – Mod Club, Toronto
2nd – QEH, London
8th – Concrete, London
10th + 11th – Alex James presents Harvest, Oxfordshire, UK & Harvest festival, Jimmy’s Farm, Suffolk, UK
16th – 18th – Worldwide Festival, Singapore
23rd + 24th – Tokyo
30th – Kee Club, Hong Kong
14th – Social, London
15th – Scala, London
A few weeks ago, my wife and I attended the latest installation of the traveling Cirque Du Soleil production and it was quite good! Called “Dralion,” this production had outstanding music and daring acrobatics typically seen in most Cirque shows. What I really enjoyed was the diversity of the music used in the show. The types of music ranged from African inspired tribal dances to a quite sensual Latin guitar piece.
The portion of the show that inspired me to write a review was a piece called “Miracula Aeternitatis” which had a slow groove with electronic drum beat, delicate vocals and piano, and an emotional electric guitar solo at the end. Definitely right up my alley as an electronic music junkie.
During one stunt, a couple in beautiful aqua colored outfits performed a sort of simulated water dance along with tango-style music while they swung in the air from silk cloths used as ropes. It was simply breathtaking!
Another highlight was the African percussion portion commencing with a tribal queen seemingly performing a ritualistic dance. The following act was very athletic tumblers performing seemingly impossible jumps through small hoops at the middle of a circle. The tumblers seemed to be jumping through the hoops and at the same time avoiding other tumblers going through a hoop right below them!
There was also an impressive stunt where performers were heaving large bamboo poles in the air and catching them. This was done to the booming sounds of huge Chinese drums banging out what seemed to be either warnings of an approaching enemy ready to strike or perhaps soldiers preparing to take the field of battle.
Overall, the music was outstanding as were the vocalists. I loved the operatic style of singing and every part seemed to work perfectly with the accompanying music. “Dralion” is touring around North America this summer and you can find out the dates and get tickets here. Go check it out if you can!