LIVE: Tisziji Munoz Quintet @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 6/1/12
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Standing without much fanfare and feverishly playing the electric guitar, virtuoso musician-composer Tisziji Munoz contorted the fingers of his left hand through a wild succession of chord structures at the top of his instrument’s fret board.
Shooting a lightning-fast glance at bassist Don Pate and keyboardist John Medeski, Munoz nodded hard, and the rhythm turned on a dime, causing his fingers to cascade with blistering speed through a myriad of frantic, complex scales right down to the base of the guitar’s neck.
The pulsating rhythmic onslaught of drummer Tony Falco and percussionist Adam Benham propelled Munoz’s fingers to attack each of the strings in unison with his right hand’s hammering pick.
The guitar notes flashed in all directions like sparks from a welder’s torch musically lighting up the room.
It seemed fitting that a 19th century former church was the setting, as Munoz and company reached deep into their cosmic bag to combine music and spirituality for an evening that truly transcended the musical spheres.
Check out Tisziji Munoz & John Medeski’s “Beauty As Beauty” on Anami Music Inc. to hear the rest – and it’s all good!