Venue: Town Hall, Birmingham
We had front row balcony seats to experience what can only be described as modern chamber music. Agnes was backed by three extremely talented female players. On percussion was Belgian, Catherine de Biasio (a relative of Melanie?) who also played sax and clarinet and sang harmonies/backing vocals. There were two cellists, both of whom played other instruments and were live looping and singing. They were Charlotte Danhier (who played Mellotron and ukelele and is also Belgian) and Kristina Koropecki (who also played autoharp and percussion and is Canadian).
The set started with Red Virgin Soil, an instrumental propelled by plucked cello strings and with Catherine playing clarinet. The multi-instrumental all-female band comprised two cellists and a percussionist as well as Agnes. Agnes was stood at the front playing electronic keyboards (mostly with a natural piano sound), but she had also brought along her own living room upright piano which was at the back of the stage. This was mainly used for a couple of beautiful instrumentals and songs from Philharmonics, such as the title track and one of the encores, Riverside.
The set was mostly drawn from Citizen of Glass, and demonstrated the strength » Continue Reading.