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Gorgeous Gig, Splendid Space

by Kim (writer), Los Angeles, May 15, 2008


Conceptual Changes, Musing Modal, Innovative Improvisation in a rapturous room

In a quiet area of downtown Los Angeles, a small crowd enjoys coffee drinks at Groundworks Coffee House near Traction and 3rd Street. Surrounding venues have closed up shop for the evening as these few people sit to chat, journal, read, reflect and enjoy a moment of solitude.

It's Friday!!! Continuing on 3rd Street just northeast is Cafe Metropol, much more than a cafe, the space offers refuge, relaxation, drinks, food, eclectic ambiance, innovative live music in an atmosphere as inviting as your living room.

There is soft lighting, high ceilings, cozy seating, wonderful acoustics, with excellent visibility of the stage and opportunity to engage in quiet conversation.

A fresh and invigorating variation awaits with each visit to Cafe Metropol.

What sets this spot apart is the live music and on May 9th, the Steve Lockwood Trio performed myriad complex pieces that took the audience from whispering waves to off the chart improvisation.

Steve Lockwood on Piano

Ellen Burr on C-Flute and Alto Flute

Ken Rosser 0n Guitar

The evening was interwoven with original compositions that soothed, sparked, immersed, clothed, and colorfully enveloped us in its aura.

The trio began with 2 tunes by Ken "Cipher" and "Joan & Pablo" both pieces filled with varied changes in the feel and form. There was a little of everything from opaque to translucent with a little improvisation.

"Spanish Waltz" composed by Steve was an energized piece full of soul and "12 x 2 x 5" had a grooving tone. Steve appeared in perfect bliss at the piano. An ardent thrill emerged from faces of Ellen and Ken in a soul tie with Steve on their instruments as well.

"Sad Joy" by Steve appeared to convey emotions of love in every circle.

Ellen's sensitivity and awareness on C-Flute and Alto Flute was magical and mammoth in skill, connection, and range.

She displayed her ingenuity on "2 Improvisations" coupled with inspiration and beauty in tone, on "Snowflake Harmony", canny and wit on "Sizes". All these picks were composed by Ellen.

Throughout the night we were soaked in a musical voyage. Cafe Metropol is a splendid space that bids us convincingly to bask in the moment. Welcoming service, alluring attention, and comfort for the body and spirit.

The night proved the perfect preparation for the weekend.

About the Writer

Kim is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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