“The evening was opened by pianist Amelia Moscardo who, in her first public performance for some time, played some of her favourite pieces to the images of her homeland, the foothills of the Pyrenees. She was warmly received by the diverse audience.
Next up was local pianist, Rich Batsford, performing his own original compositions. Inspired by Philip Glass and Steve Reich, his music displays amazing beauty in repetition and minimalism. Definitely a performer to keep your eyes on.
Einstellung were performing an acoustic set for the first time. Having witnessed them previously at their punishing best, I was sceptical as to how such a loud band could adapt to an acoustic stage. To the backdrop of Wim Wender’s film ‘Wings of Desire,’ the core members of the group were joined by three violinists and Rich Batsford on piano. And the result? Beautiful, hypnotic, mesmerizing soundscapes that drew the audience into a trance. This is music for the thinking man. With their contemplative approach, Einstellung have managed to transform their weighty krautrock sound into modern classical masterpieces. The renditions of their recent singles ‘Ich Auch’ and ‘Konstant’ were particular highlights. On leaving one punter summed up the performance perfectly, excitedly exclaiming, “I could definitely listen to more of that!” – a sentiment shared by all who witnessed them. “
Review courtesy of Little Chris from the excellent Brumcast – a podcast of quality Birmingham music.