Concert Review: Evripidis And His Tragedies, Caixaforum Madrid
An Evripidis and His Tragedies show is always an experience. Caixaforum auditorium in Madrid was dressed as Dracula on Friday night, March 6, for his most vampire days. The blood-red of the walls invited a hundred souls to enjoy the sound of an elegant jet black grand piano. These are the colors of the lord of darkness, immortalized by Bram Stoker.
The cultural center exposes Vampires, The Evolution of the Myth and the night cycle At Nightfall, an evening for fang, poetry and laughter lovers. Nosferatu was the headliner in this encounter with the underworld, made music by the Greek singer-songwriter Evripidis and His Tragedies and the sharp saw of his good friend Marc Ribera, a member of the band Doble Pletina.
Before entering, Red Cross kindly invited us to donate our precious immortal liquid, to do good and combat the desires of evil.
Evripidis had his darkest night and displayed his blackest humour. For this concert, he chose a serious repertoire, consistent with the theme of the night, full of allusions to the wraiths and darkness. “At one time in my life, I barely saw the sun,” he confesses ironically. Evripidis refers to his nightly walks from club to club. Those of us who know his work and his anecdotes know that everything in his work has to do with his daily life. In his stories there is not a supernatural explanation. “I am a werewolf. In fact, my lovers call me a wolf,” he says. “Because of how hairy I am,” he finishes with mischief.
The singer and composer based in Barcelona always entertains his performances with funny stories about his experiences and love affairs. He usually gives a touch of acid humour, but never harmful, which reveals his passions and a certain melancholy. His songs are very rich, complex, tormented, dreamy, full of real stories decorated by his extraordinary imagination.
On Friday night we could see and hear the soberest Evripidis, but also the most musical and profound one. With the fantastic accompaniment of Marc Ribera with the bow and the saw, Evripidis performed several pieces of great drama, such as Lights Out or He Dances In The Shadows, my favorite, a macabre dance that recalls the death of his relatives. It is a gloomy song that uses the less frequent and lower piano note (la-1), as result of its internal fears, which barely appeases with the hope of a life beyond death or the necessary step for a vampire transformation, the definitive step towards immortality.
Playlist Of The Gig
Set List (Caixaforum Madrid)
- ‘Cause I Shall Rise Again
- Secrets of The Moon
- Some Nights Are Sleepless
- Me Has Convertido en Bestia
- Nos Volvimos a Encontrar
- Lights Out
- Uncle Drives Again
- He Dances In the Shadows